M.Sc. Spatial Planning with Environmental Assessment

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP12950 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP4500 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
The father of town planning, Patrick Geddes was a professor of botany at this University hence our strong historical links to the planning profession. The University of Dundee has been running town and regional planning programmes for over fifty years with a proud list of its graduates who went on to take up positions of influence in shaping the development of quality cities and spaces across the world. Dundee, the city, is located in an idealistic location for learning planning. This Spatial Planning with Environmental Assessment course from University of Dundee attracts students from a wide network of countries and varied professional backgrounds and this a unique environment to collaborate different experiences from other students.


Why study Spatial Planning with Environmental Assessment at Dundee?

This programme is accredited to the Royal Town Planning Institute and provides options for specialisms in Environmental Assessment, Marine Spatial Planning, Sustainable Urban Design and Urban Conservation. Our academic staff have a strong research and practice background in these specialist areas. The programme has strong links with practitioners so our students have the opportunity to engage with 'live' projects as part of their learning.

The course offers options for part-time study for those in full time employment.

What's so good about Spatial Planning at Dundee?

The idealistic location of Dundee enables students to 'live what they learn'. This is made possible by collaborative relations that the programme has with the key planning agencies in and around Dundee and thus allowing students to engage with practioners through lectures, seminars and fieldwork. The programme has dedicated learning and IT facilities to enhance the students learning experience.

Degree Combinations
  • Spatial Planning with Marine Spatial Planning MSc
  • Spatial Planning with Sustainable Urban Design MSc
  • Spatial Planning with Urban Conservation MSc

Our MSc programmes equip our students with a variety of skills required to support spatial planning field such as stakeholder engagement, renewable energies, urban design, urban conservation, property development, housing development, public policy and environmental impact assessments. Most of our graduates take up employment in the UK and beyond. Typical employment is with the public and private sectors involved in a variety of built and natural environments. Generally, students from international destinations either return to their employers to take up new challenges or venture into new opportunities.

The University's Careers Service continues to offer support to our graduates for up to 5 years from completing our programmes.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • GBP12950 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP4500 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Weekday, Flexible

Course Content

How you will be taught

The course is done over three semesters. The first two semesters cover core modules in Concepts of Spatial Planning, Spatial Analysis, Development and Planning Processes and Sustainability in Contemporary Cities. The third semester is for selected specialisms and doing a Research Project based on the specialist option. Each semester allows for 60 credits leading to a total of 180 credits for the full MSc Award.

What you will study

Semester 1:

Concepts of spatial planning introduces students to the role of planning and planning systems. The other part of this module covers various planning theories.

Spatial Analysis has two key components. The first analyses built and natural environments particularly from a conservation perspective. The second part of the module focuses on socio-economic analysis of data at a city scale and the relevance of this to planning.

Semester 2:

Development and Planning processes. The first part deals with complexities in property development process and the role of different stakeholders. The second part of the module focuses on processes in making different types of statutory plans.

Sustainability in Contemporary Cities examines various challenges facing the growth of cities globally and the implications of these to planning of cities and the countryside.

Semester 3:

One specialist module from the following:

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Urban Conservation

Plus a research project on the selected specialist option.

How you will be assessed

This course has a mixed approach to assessment including report writing, essay writing, oral presentations and group-work tasks. The research project is an individual investigation presented in a dissertation format. All assessments are 100% coursework with no examinations.

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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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