M.Sc. Spatial Planning with Environmental Assessment

University of Dundee

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,910 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,507 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, January  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Spatial Planning determines the design of places, the relationships between land uses, and identifies infrastructure requirements. The planning process makes provision for the needs of households and the requirements of the economy, and planning aims to mitigate the adverse impacts of development upon our natural environment.

The planning system is currently undergoing change to be better able to address the challenges of competitiveness and sustainability. There is a pressing requirement in both the public and private sectors for planners with appropriate understanding and skills to plan for development and protect the environment.

The University is a long-established provider of planning education. MSc Spatial Planning will be attractive to individuals with a real interest in tackling the challenges of important urban planning issues; MSc Spatial Planning with Environmental Assessment is designed to equip graduates for the professional management of strategic environmental assessment obligations in the development process.

Aims of the Programme:

MSc Spatial Planning is a multi-disciplinary programme of post-graduate study providing the preparation for entry into professional careers in town and regional planning and urban development.

Whereas planners share a common understanding of the principles and legal system of spatial planning, there is an increasing call for planners with specialist expertise in critical aspects of practice.

The programme has been designed to enable students to specialise in one of five areas: environmental assessment, community engagement, marine spatial planning, sustainable urban design, and transport planning.

Students make an individual choice between these specialist routes when completing the first semester of study.

Contents

The programme is undertaken, on a full-time basis, over 12 months, or, on a part-time basis, normally over two years. It is organised on a modular basis and comprises eight core modules and a specialist module. Masters students pursue a research project on the specialist subject area.

The core programme covers:

- Sustainable Environments

- Urban Economics

- Planning Theory

- Place Design

- Statutory Planning

- Statutory Systems

- Development Project Management

- Planning Knowledge Management

You choose one from the specialist modules:

- Environmental Assessment

- Community Engagement

- Martine Spatial Planning

- Sustainable Urban Design

- Transport Planning

The specialist element is enhanced by the completion of a research project for Masters students.

Methods of Assessment:

Assessment methods cover a mix of formats including case study evaluations, group project-work, and a research project. There are no written examinations. The aims are to assess the development of subject understanding and research skills, of intellectual and problem-solving competences, and also, the possession of communication and inter-personal competences as required by a practicing professional planner.

Requirements

Applicants will normally have at least a lower-second class of honours degree, or equivalent, in a suitable discipline. Applications from individuals, without an honours degree, but with substantial work experience relevant to spatial planning, will be considered.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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Accreditation

Professional Accreditation: The MSc is approved by the Royal Town Planning Institute as satisfying the first year requirements of the Assessment of Professional Competence route to gaining full chartered membership.

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