Taught course

Sustainable Urban Management

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Sustainable Urban Management represents a new type of interdisciplinary degree, focusing on analysing the issues of, and the tools used to address and deliver sustainable development across the globe, from the scale of the building scale right up to the regional and national scale. It is designed to equip urban managers and leaders with an academically rigorous and professionally relevant postgraduate qualification to face the increasingly complex challenges of our cities today and tomorrow.

It is designed both for those looking to begin a career in sustainable development, urban management and the built environment, and those with existing qualifications and relevant professional backgrounds who wish to improve their knowledge of sustainable development.
Core Courses
A choice of two courses from six allows specialist study at a spatial scale and additional types of urban management skills.
  • Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation
  • Spatial Planning
  • Technical Networks and Urban Resilience
  • Urban Economy and Property Markets
  • Environmental Planning

This programme can be studied full-time or on a part-time basis at our Edinburgh Campus or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our Scholarships web pages for more information on scholarships and funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24-84 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months
distance learning
24-84 months

Course contact details

Dr John McCarthy
+44 (0)131 451 8093