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

January, September

Course content

Urban and Regional Planning equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to work as professional planners. The MSc gives full exemption from all the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute. On completion most students find employment in planning, though this can be in a multitude of jobs and with a variety of employers - in local government, central government, development agencies and private sector consultants.

This programme links theoretical knowledge with practical skills to equip future planners with the ability to ask the right questions and find creative solutions to complex problems.

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

  • Spatial Planning
  • Sustainable Design and Development
  • Planning Theories
  • Strategic Spatial Vision Project
  • Governance Participation and Community Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Social Sustainability

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


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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Creative work5
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Dr John McCarthy
+44 (0)131 451 8093