Spatial Planning with Geographic Information Systems MSc

School of Social Sciences

Learn how you can present and use geospatial data and its analysis to inform and influence urban and regional planning decisions

Start date

September 2020


12 months

Study mode

Full Time


Dundee City Campus

Spatial planners create and manage sustainable cities and the countryside and help solve urban problems. 

You will learn about geospatial data analysis, the management of core characteristics, and functions of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and related technologies as applied in the spatial planning profession. For example, you could use this software to understand the distribution of retail outlets, and in turn examine whether this could be used as a way to measure inequality within a city. 

You will develop your understanding of spatial analysis, statutory planning, property development processes, sustainability in contemporary cities, and applied GIS.

Our academic staff have a strong research and practice background in specialist areas. We collaborate with key planning agencies in and around Dundee, meaning you can learn from practitioners through lectures, seminars and fieldwork. This also means you will have the opportunity to engage with 'live' projects as part of your learning.

The father of town planning, Patrick Geddes was a professor of botany at the University, which means we have strong historical links to the planning profession.

Professional accreditation
Royal Town Planning Institute

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute

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