Local & Regional Economic Development
Here at Dundee, we offer postgraduate MSc degree programmes which provide the educational preparation required for individuals intending to pursue professional careers in aspects of spatial planning and related disciplines.
This distance learning programme offers a postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degree in Local and Regional Economic Development.
Why study Local & Regional Economic Development at Dundee?
This distance learning course has been designed to enhance your career prospects in the areas of spatial planning and related disciplines.
Three "core" modules provide a PG Certificate; three further modules provide the Diploma and a dissertation added to the six modules leads to a Master of Science degree. If you complete the full MSc you will be able to graduate from the University of Dundee.
What's so good about Local & Regional Economic Development at Dundee?
The programme is run jointly by the Universities of Dundee, Coventry and Sheffield Hallam. This modular approach has allowed each of the participating universities to concentrate on its own special strengths, which gives the Economic Development Distance Learning Consortium (EDDLC) scheme an additional advantage over courses based at a single institution.
Diploma award confers eligibility for full membership of the the IED (Institute of Economic Development).
Who should study this course?
This course is for individuals intending to pursue professional careers in aspects of spatial planning and related disciplines.
Teaching & Assessment
This course has 3 start dates - January, May and September.
How you will be taught
All modules are provided by distance learning and the programme is run jointly by the Universities of Dundee, Coventry and Sheffield Hallam. Teaching follows a modular framework, enabling each student to progress at her or his own pace through the system.
What you will study
The details of the modules comprising each award are given below. Click on the module name for more information. The Certificate level consist of three core modules
- Module A: Theory Dynamics and Processes
- Module B: Structures, Organisations and Strategies
- Module C: Operational Practice in Economic Development
The Diploma level consist of three modules (Modules L, K and either D or E):
- Module L: Applied Research Methods and Management for Local and Regional Economic Development (Shefield Hallam University)
- Module K: Development, Appraisal and Impact Analysis (Shefield Hallam University)
- Module D: Labour Market Analysis and Policies
- Module E: Working with Communities
The MSc level consists of one 15,000 word dissertation.
How you will be assessed
Certificate modules are assessed 50% on assignments and 50% on examination. Diploma modules are assessed 100% on assignments, as is the MSc dissertation.
We maintain close links to the planning profession and our graduates readily find work in Scotland, the UK and abroad. As well as jobs in central and local government, planners are employed by planning consultancies, regeneration companies, house builders, supermarkets and utilities such as water companies.
They perform a variety of tasks such as:
- preparing national and regional development strategies
- regenerating declining urban areas
- shaping new and sustainable housing
- protecting and enhancing historic buildings
- promoting biodiversity
- conserving sites of nature conservation value
- negotiating with property developers
- engaging with local people
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
An appropriate university degree or relevant work experience.
English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
Fees and Funding
|£800 plus VAT per module|
Sources of Funding
Information about the School of the Environment scholarships can be found on the School of the Environment scholarships webpage.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
The application form can be downloaded from www.economicdevelopmentlearning.com
Course ContactElspeth Barker
Town & Regional Planning
University of Dundee
Telephone: 01382 385 570 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 385 570 (from outside the UK)
Fax: 01382 388 588 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 388 588 (from outside the UK)
Admissions ContactPostgraduate Admissions
Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)
Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)