Postgraduate taught 

City Planning MSc

Climate change and rapid urbanisation ensures a high demand for professional planners. The Master’s in City Planning at the University of Glasgow will help you develop your critical understanding of cities and the positive impact that evidence-based and innovative decision-making can have on human settlements. Students who join our programme will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to enter the planning profession and become sustainable place makers of the future.

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part‑time : up to 60 months on modular basis

Why this programme

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

  • This programme is intended to prepare you for a career as a chartered planner providing an accredited education that is endorsed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
  • Students benefit from world class and research-driven academic instruction alongside opportunities to learn about practice from industry professions working in both the public and private sector.
  • Specialist pathways will allow you to explore a particular area of city planning in more detail. Choose from housing, international planning, regeneration, transport, urban design and urban conservation.
  • The programme is delivered via a dynamic combination of lectures, workshops, seminars alongside numerous field visits that use the city as an urban laboratory.
  • The programme provides you with both a theoretical and practical appreciation of city planning and develops your skills as a critical thinker and innovative practitioner. 
  • An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complexities of city planning in a World City. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, King's Cross, Battersea Power Station and a number of grassroot projects that focus on community development.

Programme structure

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

Housing

Urban design

The urban design pathway will help you to develop your understanding and appreciation for well-designed places and how particular principles and methods can be used to create more sustainable and functional places.

Urban conservation

The urban conservation pathway will encourage you to think critically about the historic environment and help you develop skills in assessing and evaluating built heritage and how conservation responds to the wishes of local people.

Optional courses may include

Urban design

Urban conservation

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.

Career prospects

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.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22

MSc

UK

  • Full-time fee: £9450
  • Part-time fee: £1050 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £20750

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant social science or humanities subject (e.g. geography, history, economics, architecture, environmental design). 

If you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme convener to discuss.

You are required to submit an admissions statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to undertake this programme at Glasgow. Please download and use our template for this:

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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:

FAQs

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 using our enquiry form


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting 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)
  • One reference letter 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)

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 supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

September 2020

Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes commencing September 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:

  • International applicants: 10 August 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
  • UK/EU applicants: 31 August 2020

November 2020

Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing November 2020 have been extended, where vacancies are available:

  • International applicants: 28 September 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
  • UK/EU applicants: 19 October 2020

January 2021

Application deadlines for PG Taught programmes now commencing January 2021 have been extended, where vacancies are available:

  • International applicants: 27 November 2020 (Exceptions apply for certain high demand programmes.)
  • UK/EU applicants: 15 December 2020

Additional documents required for application

You are required to submit an admissions statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to undertake this programme at Glasgow. Please download and use our template for this:

This in addition to an academic transcript, reference, and linguistic proficiency documentation.

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