Taught course

Urban Strategies and Design

University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art

Entry requirements

First class or 2:1 undergraduate degree. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Urban Strategies and Design addresses the current need for inter-disciplinary knowledge. This is both specific and general, theoretical and practical, in its pursuit towards formulating, initiating and following through urban projects of diverse complexities. This in turn responds to the different processes and forces that operate on and in the built environment.

Jointly delivered by Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at the University of Edinburgh, and the School of the Built Environment (SBE) at Heriot-Watt University, the programme builds upon the expertise and knowledge developed in both institutions, employing current researchers with international research experience, links and interests, who deploy contemporary pedagogies in the programme's delivery.

The MSc in Urban Strategies and Design encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach towards the delivery of socially-sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to global-regional interventions. Students will study the wide and diverse range of social, economic, and political processes that determine the contemporary urban environment. They will also acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities. The programme is specifically focused on studying how urban design approaches respond to contemporary urban transformations; as often characterised by forms of urban restructuring in the Global North, and rapid urban expansion in the global south.

The city of Edinburgh offers an urban laboratory for exploration of current urban design issues in the north. Furthermore the city's, historic 'Geddesian' planning links, and contemporary international links with urban focused institutions and bodies, from across the world, particularly in the global south, provides a good platform from which to support student-led, location-based dissertations.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 131 650 4086