Local & Regional Economic Development MSc | PGDip | PGCert

  • For Entry: September | January | May
  • UCAS Code: DIRECT-0011
  • Duration: 1 year
  • College: Arts & Social Sciences
  • School: Environment

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.

Professional Accreditation

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.

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

The Diploma level consist of three modules (Modules L, K and either D or E):

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

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 categoryFees for students starting January 2015
Scottish students
Rest of UK students
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)
Fee categoryFees 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.

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Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS