Taught course

International Planning Studies

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme is a combined spatial planning degree that offers students the unique opportunity to specialize in international planning. Interdisciplinary and holistic in nature, this programme develops the core urban planning knowledge and skills necessary for planning practitioners with a professional interest in global planning systems.

Why this programme

  • This programme is intended to prepare students for a career as a chartered town planner as a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
  • There is significant input from industry to our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars.
  • There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and recruitment presentations. We will also support you to arrange professional work placements.
  • The programme is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
  • An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.

Programme Structure

You will take a series of core courses, choose optional courses and undertake a dissertation or a major project in international planning. There is also an opportunity to take part in an international study trip.

Core semester 1 courses are largely based on lectures, seminars and tutorials, and will build your understanding of planning and urban theories and principles. Case studies will be used to examine urban development, planning systems and processes in western and rapidly urbanising countries while also learning from the urban experience in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Towards the end of semester 1 you will start to develop core skills and build upon them in semester 2 through field, project and team work. This is designed to build your spatial planning competencies and become a reflective practitioner.

Core courses

  • Contemporary planning systems
  • Designing places
  • Development process
  • Development economics
  • Global cities
  • Governance and markets
  • Professional practice, ethics and management
  • Spatial planning strategies.

Optional courses may include

  • Asian cities
  • International urban challenges.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist in planning and development agencies and consultancies, property developers, house builders, local authorities, regeneration and development agencies and the civil service.

If you are interested in helping to shape the future of towns, cities and regions, then this programme will provide you with an excellent base on which to build a fascinating and rewarding career.

We introduce you to key drivers of urban change, including real estate markets and governance processes. We set Scottish experience in an international context, challenging you to reconcile the social, economic and environment aspects of sustainable urban development. We offer a practically orientated programme with professional accreditation, bringing you in direct contact with developers, investors, consultants, planners and other key actors.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

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
£7700
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months
flexible
60 months

Course contact details

Name
James White
Email
jamest.white@glasgow.ac.uk