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. Applicants who do not meet these requirements but with professional experience may be considered.
Months of entry
- Studying urban research within the setting of Glasgow allows for direct engagement with many of the most pressing urban problems of our time and with the types of solutions being developed to combat these.
- This programme is recognised by the Scottish Graduate School which oversees the allocation of ESRC studentships.
- Our staff are engaged in internationally acclaimed research and evaluation related to key urban policy initiatives across Scotland and beyond.
- By the end of the programme you will be equipped with a secure grounding in social science research theory, will have developed transferable skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and will have demonstrated a grounded knowledge and understanding of specialist areas of urban studies.
- 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.
You will take five core courses and one optional course, and complete an independent research project. Teaching is delivered through lectures and seminars, but may also include lab work, input from policy/practice experts and, in some case, UK field trips.
- Global cities
- International urban challenges OR Regenerating cities
- Qualitative research methods
- Quantitative data analysis
- Research design
Optional courses may include
- Advanced qualitative methods
- Introduction to social theory for researchers.
Additional courses from the School of Social & Political Science or College of Social Sciences may be chosen, as approved by the programme director.
The programme provides a strong foundation for advanced research in urban studies, both in the context of careers in the public and voluntary sectors, and especially of further studies to PhD level. You will have fully met the research training requirements of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Social Sciences Graduate School for doctoral students.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Mhairi MacKenzie