Taught course

City Planning and Transport

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a social science, arts, humanities or related subject. Applicants with a lower second Honours degree may be accepted, if warranted by strong references and/or relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme explores the economic underpinnings of urban development and transport, the processes and institutions of urban governance, and the relationships between places, urban society and transport.

Why this programme

  • The programme will help you understand the complex relationship between transport and other urban sectors as well as spatial planning processes.
  • This programme sits within the highly regarded Real Estate, Planning and Regeneration suite of professional degrees. You will benefit from site visits and contributions from expert practitioners in the field.
  • The City of Glasgow won £24 million from the UK Technology Strategy Board for a Future City Demonstrator to make the city more liveable by adopting new technologies and integrating city systems. You will have the chance to learn about transport-related initiatives and use data collected from the City of Glasgow for your research.
  • Opportunities to learn advanced analytical methods (e.g. statistical analysis and visualisation) will be provided via the programme’s close link to the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow.

Programme structure

You will take ten core courses and complete an independent piece of research, usually in the form of a supervised dissertation. Key courses on transport will be followed by lab sessions where practical lessons on the use of software will be given through either independent or group projects. Some courses also include field trips.

Career prospects

The programme will prepare you for successful careers in planning and transport. Opportunities exist in planning and development agencies and consultancies, property developers, house builders, local authorities, regeneration and development agencies, the civil service and private transport consulting agencies.

Core courses

  • Contemporary planning systems
  • Designing places
  • Development economics
  • Development process
  • Governance and markets
  • Professional practice, ethics and management
  • Spatial planning strategies
  • Transport planning lab
  • Transport planning methods
  • Transport studies.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit our website for information on fees and funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Jinhyun Hong
0141 330 4515