Taught course

Urban Strategies and Design

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

Entry requirements

First Class, or Second Class Upper Degree from Undergraduate Course of Study. We require with the application, a short, (two-page maximum) statement explaining what specific interests in the area of Urban Issues have lead you to apply for this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The postgraduate programme in Urban Strategies and Design is delivered jointly by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) of the University of Edinburgh and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University.

This programme addresses the current need for interdisciplinary knowledge. It encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach towards the delivery of socially-sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to strategic metropolitan and regional interventions. Students study the wide and diverse range of social, economic, and political processes that determine the contemporary urban environment, and acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities.

The City of Edinburgh offers an urban laboratory for project- and site visit-based exploration of current urban design issues in the UK. Furthermore, the city’s historic ‘Geddesian’ planning links, and contemporary international links with urban-focused institutions and bodies provide a strong platform from which to support student-led, location-based research projects.


  • Sustainable Design and Development
  • Urban Design Theory
  • Urban Strategies and Design Case Studies
  • Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • Urban Project (core)
  • Students choose three courses from a selection of elective courses:
    • African Cities
    • Latin American Cities
    • Planning Law and Development
    • Landscape Science: Ecology
    • History of Landscape Architecture
    • Urban Conservation
    • College of Humanities and Social Science Option (UoE)

Applicants will need to apply through the University of Edinburgh:

Information for international students

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. Applicants who have previously successfully completed programmes delivered in the medium of English language will be required to provide documentary evidence of this.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Fees for this programme can be found on the University of Edinburgh tuition fees page. Information on scholarships and bursaries can be found here.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr H Smith
+44 (0)131 451 4616
+44 (0) 131 451 4617