Taught course

Urban and Regional Planning

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


Course content

Planning guides the future development and use of land. It is about where development should happen, where it should not and how it affects the quality of our surroundings. Urban and regional planning strives to design and deliver equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities where people can live, work and enjoy their leisure time. This involves promoting and facilitating development while
protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment.

Our Urban and Regional Planning degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a professional planner. You will develop the ability to ask the right questions and find creative solutions to the challenges facing communities and the built environment.

This programme can be studied full-time and 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.

Core courses

  • Planning Theories
  • Urban Economy and Property Market
  • Spatial Planning
  • Strategic Spatial Vision
  • UK and International Housing Policy
  • Governance Participation and Community Planning
  • Social Sustainability
  • Environmental Planning

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
Please refer to website
International students
Please refer to website

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Chris McWilliams
+44 (0)131 451 4625