Taught course


Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in planning, geography, architecture, engineering or other relevant disciplines, or mid-career professionals working in planning, development or similar fields. The course is appropriate for both international students and UK students interested in Eco-Cities.

Months of entry


Course content

Cardiff Masters Graduate School of City and Regional Planning can bring together the expertise of the Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE), an intellectual setting that promotes the multi-disciplinary thinking (e.g. planning, human and economic geography, political science) that is essential to deliver a high quality postgraduate taught programme. In addition, the course will draw upon the specialist input of the School of Engineering's work on sustainable energy and from the School of Architecture's work on sustainability, energy and the management and measurement of resource use.

Graduates of the programme in eco-cities will have:

  • developed a critical theoretical understanding about processes of eco-city development and how they relate to the implementation and application of sustainable development policies worldwide
  • developed sound methodological skills, in particular for undertaking independent international comparative research on a topic in the field of eco-city development
  • international experience of planning practice in eco-city development and used this to critically reflect on the theory-practice interface
  • developed cross-cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication skills that are important for eco-city planning and development

Special Features

During the Live Project element of the programme, students have the opportunity to undertake an overseas field study visit and work in depth on a ‘live’ planning project and/or governance issue in an eco-city. Students will work closely with a partner organisation and will need to deploy skills in problem-definition; draw upon and develop knowledge and planning, political and cultural context of the development; and appreciate the operational context within which a report will be delivered to the partner organisation.

For more information, please visit http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p351.html.

Information for international students

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.

Fees and funding

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 to all Cardiff University alumni.

For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit their Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Li Yu
+44 (0)29 208 79333