University of Glasgow: City Planning

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Sciences View department profile
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


**This programme was previously known as City & Regional Planning.**

This programme will deliver a highly regarded professional education in city planning. It has been developed in close consultation with the relevant professional, policy and business communities and is intended to provide an intensive fast-track entry to a professional career. You will have the opportunity to study city planning with a pathway specialism in either housing, international planning, regeneration, transport, or urban design.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time : up to 60 months on
modular basis**


This programme is intended to prepare you for a career as a chartered town planner, and as a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

There is significant input from industry into teaching on the programme. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and recruitment presentations.

Specialist pathways will allow you to explore a particular area of city planning in more detail. Choose from housing, international planning, regeneration, transport, and urban design.

The programmes is delivered via a dynamic combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and field visits to provide you with both a theoretical and practical appreciation of city planning.

An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complexities city planning in a world city. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, and Battersea Power Station.


You will take seven core courses, plus a selection of additional specialist core and optional courses based on your chosen pathway. Core courses in semester 1 will help you develop foundational knowledge of planning and urban theory and the principles of professional planning practice. By the end of semester 1 you will start to develop core spatial planning skills and continue to do so as you specialise in your chosen pathway during semester 2 and undertake a research dissertation.

**Core courses**

**All pathways**

- Contemporary planning systems

- Designing places

- Development economics

- Development process

- Governance and markets

- Professional practices, ethics and management

- Spatial planning strategies.


- Sustainable housing development

- Urban studies researching and the dissertation.

**International planning**

- International urban challenges **OR** Asian cities

- Urban studies researching and the dissertation.


- Regenerating cities

- Urban studies researching and the dissertation.


- Transport planning lab

- Transport planning methods

- Transport studies.

**Urban design**

- Urban design policy and practice

**Optional courses may include**

- Housing

- International planning

- Regeneration

- Urban design

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

As a graduate you will be in possession of an MSc degree recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute and can develop your career as a chartered town planner. Opportunities exist in planning and development agencies and consultancies, property developers, house builders, local authorities, regeneration and development agencies and the civil service.

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