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.
- Local & Regional Economic Development PGDip
- Local & Regional Economic Development PGCert
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.
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.
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
Year of Entry: 2015
Entry Requirements: An appropriate university degree or relevant work experience.
English Language Requirement
IELTS of minimum overall score of 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 5.5 in the other 3 components. (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.
Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year. These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. 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 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.
The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting January 2015|
|Rest of UK students|
|Overseas students (non-EU)|
|Fee category||Fees for students starting September 2015|
|Scottish students||Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.|
|Rest of UK students||Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.|
|EU students||Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||Fee to be confirmed for 2015/16.|