This programme will deliver a highly regarded professional education in city and regional 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.
- This programme is intended to prepare students 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 to our teaching programme. 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).
You will take a series of core courses, choose optional courses and undertake a dissertation or a major project in planning.
The core semester 1 courses focus on planning and urban theories, principles and practices which are necessary for you to build the knowledge base required of planners. Towards the end of semester 1 you will start to develop core spatial planning skills and continue to so in semester 2 with real-life projects, designed to build your spatial planning competencies and become a reflective practitioner.
- Contemporary planning systems
- Designing places
- Development economics
- Development process
- Global cities
- Governance and markets
- Professional practices, ethics and management
- Spatial planning strategies.
- Urban design policy & practice AND a specialist urban design course.
- Sustainable housing development.
The MSc in City & Regional Planning is intended to prepare students for a career as a chartered town planner and as a member of the RTPI.
"These degree programmes recognise that the real estate sector is now an integral part of a sophisticated and diverse business community and will ensure that the best talent, with the right skills, is available to the property industry." Douglas Smith, Chairman of CB Richard Ellis Scotland
The MSc in City & Regional Planning is now one of eight MSc degrees taught within the Real Estate, Planning and Regeneration (REPR) MSc Programme. These innovative programmes were initially launched in September 2006 by Urban Studies, which is widely recognised as one of Europe's leading centres of urban research, following close consultation with the relevant professional, policy and business communities and has been widely welcomed by leading professions in the field. It is intended to provide an intensive fast-track entry to professional qualifications for well-motivated, high-quality postgraduate students.
Alongside the main programme we also offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Real Estate and Postgraduate Certificate in Spatial Planning, primarily for CPD students.
Thomas Fleming, USA, 2013-14
'I have been in the United Kingdom for 5 years now, having completed an undergraduate degree at another Scottish university. I originally came to the UK—and Scotland in particular—because of the strength of its universities and its historical and contemporary commitment to higher education. I chose the University of Glasgow because of its location, its reputation, and because I have a great amount of faith in Scotland’s higher education system.
I chose my programme because I was interested in planning as a theoretical and practical discipline. The course at Glasgow is highly regarded, by academics, professionals and former students. Having a degree from the University of Glasgow in this subject indicates that I have successfully completed a challenging (yet rewarding) programme, well regarded by professionals and academics.
Glasgow is a first-class city. While small compared to other cities, its people are welcoming and friendly, and there is always something interesting around the corner. Glasgow is a city ‘on the up’. With the Commonwealth Games, there is a lot of investment and regeneration. Studying planning in a post-industrial city is a perfect mix—the fieldwork and site analyses are very interesting and prescient.
Take advantage of what Glasgow has to offer. There is always something interesting going on, and new areas of the city to explore. It is rich in history and culture, and this is best found out through your own exploration of the city. The same goes for Scotland as a whole, which is easily accessible from Glasgow.'
Susanne Steer, UK, 2011-12
'My employer approached some colleagues and me to see if we wished to undetake the the City & Regional Planning degree at Glasow. Because another colleague had recently completed the programme prior to joining our organisation, our employer felt it would widen our knowledge of the planning system and benefit our role the service we provided. At first we were just planning on doing a year of selected modules, but we all really enjoyed it and three of the four of us ended up signing up to complete the full masters.
My undergraduate degree was in engineering, so studying planning was a complete change. I had moved away from engineering, got a job at Scottish Water and moved between departments before finding a role in Development Planning. It was here that I was given the opportunity to return to university and develop my skills. When I previously studied engineering I found it very dry, but the classes at University of Glasgow were completely different. The lecturers were fantastic and really made the curriculum interesting. Guest speakers were frequent and they helped you get other perspectives on the topic. Everything seemed very well planned and thought out, and feedback was often requested from students.
I can’t recommend my course at the University of Glasgow highly enough, I really couldn’t fault it. Although hard work, it was an enjoyable experience. When I started studying it was to benefit the role I was already in, so my job hasn’t changed in any way. However, the depth of my understanding has grown and I feel more confident in carrying out my role, especially when meeting with a wide range of members from the planning community, such as planners, key agencies, developers and the community, who all have different objectives. I am also in the process of submitting my application to the RTPI so that I can become a Chartered Planner, which I will be very proud to put on my CV.'
Professional accreditation is important because it means that graduates need complete only the Assessment of Professional Competence for the relevant profession in order to obtain chartered status as MRICS and/or MRTPI.
We are pleased to announce that this programme is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
for entry in 2016
You should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a social sciences, arts, humanities or related discipline/subject. Applicants with a lower second Honours degree may be accepted, if warranted by strong references and/or relevant work experience.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should
contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
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 (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- 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 (Person 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.
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:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: email@example.com
A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the
MSc. This includes graduates and those who have
completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at
the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who
are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No
additional application is required.
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, housebuilders, local authorities, regeneration and development agencies and the civil service.
We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.
You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.
Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?
Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.
Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?
No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
What documents do I need to provide to make an application?
As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
- A two-page personal statement highlighting:
- How your academic career to-date makes this programme a suitable next step
- Why you want to study this programme
- How you think this programme will help you in your future career development
If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?
Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.
How do I provide my references?
You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?
If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.
You may send them to:
Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Fax: +44 141 330 4045
Can I email my supporting documents?
No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.
What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?
You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.
What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?
If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
- References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.
Standard application deadlines
- International applications (non-EU): 22 July 2016
- UK and EU applications: 26 August 2016
Classes start September 2016 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.