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 urban and regional development. A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. The UK Border Agency requires minimum sub-scores of IELTS 5.5 across the four competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The University’s English language centre offers 10 and 8-week Pre-sessional Courses and a longer Bridge Programme and provides on-going support for international students.
Months of entry
Graduates of the programme in urban and regional development will have:
- developed a critical theoretical understanding about processes of socio-economic change in comparative perspective – in towns, cities, regions and city-regions across the world
- developed sound data analysis and research skills, in particular in the analysis of uneven development at the regional and more localised community scales
- practical skills in devising urban and regional development strategies
- the ability to critically reflect on and engage with the practical and policy challenges of addressing uneven development between places
- the opportunity to link theory and practice in the context of a ‘living laboratory’ because the world’s first regional development policy was designed for South Wales and the region is still grappling with the legacy of its heavy industrial past.
- This MSc is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.
- Throughout the MSc programme, students will examine issues in urban and regional development within the unique (yet highly relevant) context of the South Wales city-region. One of the first regions in the world to experience de-industrialisation, South Wales was one of the areas – the “special areas” as they were called – where the world’s first regional policy was designed in the 1920s and 1930s. This regional experience presents an excellent ‘living laboratory’ for studying not only the causes and consequences of urban and regional change, but also for distilling the policy lessons which are of relevance to the wider world. Students on the programme will thus have the opportunity to study the theory, policy and practice of urban and regional development in one of the world’s leading academic schools, located in a region with the longest experience of regional policy in the world.
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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. The UK Border Agency requires minimum sub-scores of IELTS 5.5 across the four competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Prof. Robert Huggins
- +44 (0)29 208 76006