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Urban and Regional Planning MSc

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Urban Studies Regional Planning

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Urban and Regional Planning promotes a thorough understanding of how cities and regions function. As a graduate, this will allow you to make a real and positive difference to the social, environmental and economic welfare of towns, cities and regions.

Programme structure

At its core, the programme aims to promote the social scientific understanding of cities.

You will be taught to understand:

the economic underpinnings of urban and regional development
the processes and institutions of urban governance
the relationships between places and urban society.

You will also learn to demonstrate the value of research-based urban analysis and understanding. In this process, you will improve your own research skills.

You will develop an understanding of cities, property markets, institutions and governance. This provides an essential foundation to effective action in the development and management of cities.

To promote effective work across professional boundaries, you will critically appreciate the roles of a range of urban professionals and other stakeholders.

You will understand the importance of research and reflection as a route to successful urban planning innovation.

Graduate attributes

This degree programme equips you for a wide range of opportunities by providing the knowledge and understanding to:

Critically identify cities as dynamic spaces in the local, national and global economic and political system
Evaluate the main theories about the uniqueness of cities, their development in time and space, and their particular assets from a social, economic, cultural and environmental perspective
Contrast and compare urban trends in different regions of the world, together with the drivers of these changes
Demonstrate a sound understanding of the current urban problems faced by different professions in urban planning and management; as well as city dwellers themselves
Evaluate environmental sustainability as a concept, with particular reference to the demands and pressures cities place on the natural environment in different regions
Assess the underpinnings of urban planning theory and how it has shaped urban interventions
Critique the roles and functions of planning in cities areas with a view to shaping urban change
Compare the rationale for, and assess the effectiveness of, different forms of partnership between the public, private and voluntary sectors in implementing urban development and regeneration, and understand the political variations in the urban development processes in different countries.
Evaluate the relationship between market processes, built form, private and public realm, different development models and patterns of movement
Assess the economic and financial implications of alternative development strategies and evaluate how best to create high quality places and generate and capture added value for both particular interests and the wider community.

Career prospects

Graduates will find that opportunities exist in planning and development agencies, consultancies, property developers, local and regional authorities, regeneration and development agencies and government; and further study at PhD level.


Regional Economic Issues in China
Intermediate Econometrics
Urban Economics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Regional Economics
Research Methods
Urban Design and Development
City Planning Theory and Practice
Real Estate Institutions and Markets
English Language Training
Global Cities

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To be confirmed

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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