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Spatial Planning PGCert

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Urban Studies Planning: General

Course type


Course Summary

This programme aims to help you acquire a broad foundation of knowledge in spatial and city planning, from which more detailed or specialist study can be developed. The aim of the programme is to relate academic thinking and research at the forefront of spatial planning to your own experiences, whether at work or in other endeavours.


  • There is significant input from industry in our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and recruitment presentations.
  • If you satisfy the progression requirements, this qualification provides an entrance route to the MSc City Planning.
  • You can gain this qualification in a manner that works best with your professional commitments, either through one year of full-time study or on a modular basis over two or more years.
  • An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complexities of city planning in a World City. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, King’s Cross, Battersea Power Station and a number of grassroot projects that focus on community development.


Career opportunities include positions in local and national government and private-sectors consultancies in spatial planning, development management and regeneration.


This course acquaints students with the nature, purpose, theory, organisation and processes of spatial planning. Spatial planning seeks to give a geographical expression to economic, social, cultural and ecological policies of society. As a system of governance that is concerned with mediating space and making places, spatial planning grapples with issues that involve complex geographical, legal, environmental, economic, social, and political factors. Cotemporary Planning Systems (CPS) introduces you to the complex and contentious world of urban spatial planning. Not only does CPS familiarise you with the institutional and legal context within which planning takes place; it also helps you development critical perspectives on planning systems, how they have evolved and why they function the way they do. To this end such CPS introduces and critically engages contemporary planning practices, debates, controversies, issues and concerns. It critically retraces the history of planning and explains this has shaped contemporary systems and practice. While special reference is made to the UK in general, and Scotland in particular, the course has an integral comparative dimension where international planning systems will be considered. CPS lays the essential groundwork for Spatial Planning Practices (SPS) which is taught in the second semester.

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Applications are considered on an individual basis, with particular consideration given to the applicant's practical experience.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more

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