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Spatial Planning PGCert

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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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The concept and practice of spatial planning is both challenging and messy. It requires practitioners who are equipped with the necessary skills, are able to think critically, and can engage with planning thought. To this end, Spatial Planning Strategies (SPS) is a hands-on course that takes you through contemporary planning thoughts and practices, thereby equipping you to function effectively in the messy and contentious world of professional planning practice. SPS consciously integrates critical elements of planning theory and essential skills in spatial planning. This link between skills, critical thinking and planning theory runs throughout the course and is emphasised through lectures, workshops, group work and seminars. To give it a real-life feel, SPS is assessed through a group project comprising a challenging integrated spatial planning framework (75%) and a presentation (25%).

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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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

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. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. 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...more

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