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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Town Planning

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc Eco-Cities is an innovative programme, which provides you with the skills to develop environmentally friendly urban projects, while reducing the impact of climate change. The MSc Eco Cities course addresses how cities can be planned and built to promote low carbon lifestyles. You will explore how ecological development can mitigate climate change and promote more sustainable ways of living.

The course addresses the serious and complex questions of how cities can be planned and managed in a more resource efficient way. These include: What is a low carbon and ecological (sustainable) city?; How can city and regional planning effectively guide sustainable development?; Can cities be planned and built to promote low carbon lifestyles and foster ecological development that can mitigate climate change?; How can urban areas adapt to climate change?. You will gain a critical understanding of the forms of development that badge themselves as sustainable or low carbon and will develop the skills to take forward innovative environmentally friendly urban developments that are sensitive to the needs of sustainable spaces.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will provide an in-depth analysis of the different forms of eco-city development (from new build, to retrofitting, to informal development) and it will analyse by which processes eco-cities emerge. Debates will include understanding the terms that are used as alternatives or synonyms to the term ?eco-cities? including low carbon city, smart city, or transition city to distil the distinctiveness of eco-cities. Other topics addressed in this module include a critical appreciation of the role of master planning, the role of stakeholders in the development process and how stakeholders are engaged (or marginalised) in the development process, and the role of technologies and novelty in new and retrofit developments. In addition the module will examine current thinking and practice on how sustainable urban spaces are used by those who live and work in them. The module will make use of an extensive range of case studies to illustrate the extent to which eco-cities differ from conventional developments.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a minimum of 2:2 Honours degree in an appropriate subject.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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