• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Planning is an exciting and creative profession that links a diverse range of subjects. It's about creating quality places where people want to live and work.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute

Dundee is a long established centre of excellence for professional planning education. It is an ideal place to study for a planning qualification as the City of Dundee and its rural surroundings offer excellent case studies of innovative planning practice. The Dundee Central Waterfront Master Plan and the TAYplan Strategic Development Plan are two outstanding local examples of best practice.

Our staff are engaged in research of national and international importance in the fields of housing and homelessness, urban regeneration, environmental assessment and community engagement.

Student society

There is an active student society called SPAD (Student Planners Association Dundee) which organises social events and visiting speakers.

Fieldtrips and Coursework

The first video shows third year Town and Regional Planning students working on a Town Study of Crieff, and the second shows first year students on a day trip to the Scottish Lime Centre in Charlestown.

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Transatlantic Student Exchange Programme

Students have the chance to undertake some of their studies in North America, through a planning exchange programme with the University of North British Columbia in Canada, and via the University's Transatlantic Student Exchange programme, which allows students to study in a range of universities across the USA and Canada.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher
Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Advanced Entry into Level 2 of the MA (Hons) Town & Regional Planning is not possible on the basis of SQA Advanced Highers.
For MA (Hons) Geography and Planning: AB at Advanced Higher including geography, plus BB at Higher in different subjects.
For MA (Hons) Spatial Economics & Development: AB at Advanced Higher including economics and geography, plus BB at Higher in different subjects.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical)
Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Advanced Entry into Level 2 of the MA (Hons) Town & Regional Planning is not possible on the basis of A-Levels.
For MA (Hons) Geography and Planning: ABB including geography.
For MA (Hons) Spatial Economics & Development: ABB including economics and geography.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher
Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5
Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Advanced Entry into Level 2 of the MA (Hons) Town & Regional Planning is not possible on the basis of the IB Diploma.
For MA (Hons) Geography and Planning: 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include geography.
For MA (Hons) Spatial Economics & Development: 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include economics and geography.
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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The University's flexible MA structure means that for your first two years you can combine Town and Regional Planning with other subjects that interest you, such as Geography, Economics and Environmental Science.

We frequently welcome contributions from our graduates and other planning practitioners to enrich the student experience and make it relevant to topical concerns. Planning students at Dundee also benefit from close links with geography, environmental science and architecture within the University.

What you will study

Typical Degree Programme

How you will be taught

You will be encouraged to learn in a variety of ways: through lectures, small group tutorials, practical projects, group exercises, site visits, self directed study and My Dundee, the University's virtual learning environment.

How you will be assessed

Coursework is particularly important in developing the range of skills needed by planners, and we try and make the exercises as close to the real world as possible. For example, Level 3 students compete for the annual Dundee Civic Award, a prize sponsored by Dundee City Council for a project on a topical local theme.

Level 1

This provides an introduction to Town and Regional Planning. You will find out why planning is necessary, who is involved in the process of land and property development, what is meant by sustainable development, and how to analyse change in the built and natural environments. An example of coursework is the preparation of a Site Analysis Report for a local development opportunity.

  • Plus 2 other MA modules

Semester 1, 20 credits

The need for a more responsible approach to resource use is established and the achievement of sustainable development is considered at the international, national and local scale. This module explores the relationship between the concept of sustainable development and the application of policies designed to deliver sustainable outcomes. It considers the interface between sustainability and economic growth, and how this has been interpreted through policy initiatives at international, European, national and local level. Of particular interest is the way in which sustainability is being applied and implemented within the UK.

Semester 1, 20 credits

Sustainable cities are places where people want to live and work. This module explores the challenge of creating liveable and sustainable cities and considers the role that urban planning can play in achieving this goal. It examines the origins of town planning, the historical context to planning and design, and the operation of land and property markets and explores contemporary and innovative examples of placemaking, including smart growth, eco-communities and neighbourhood governance.

Semester 2, 20 credits

This module introduces students to the principal institutions concerned with the environment. It explores the practice of planning and development in the countryside and examines some of the major issues and concerns that have a bearing on planning and environmental management processes, such as affordable housing provision, wind farm developments and community land ownership.

Level 2

This not only builds and develops the knowledge and skills introduced in Level 1, but includes new topics such as management, environmental law and social town planning.

  • Plus 2 other MA modules

Semester 1, 20 credits

This module examines management for environmental (built and natural) professionals and environmental projects.

Semester 1, 20 credits

This module explores the main theories of planning, from the traditional view of planning as an exercise in physical design to more recent ideas of planning as a form of communicative action.

Semester 2, 20 credits

This module introduces students to statutory controls in relation to the environment, and considers the relationship between planning law and environmental regulation.

Semester 2, 20 credits

This module develops student understanding of the operation of land and property markets, the pricing of land and land resources, investment in property and issues relating to residential, commercial, retail, recreational and cultural markets.

Level 3

You gain experience of preparing strategies and plans and applying design criteria to the assessment of development proposals. You also have the chance to compare British planning practice to that of other European countries, not only from books but from first hand experience. In recent years, students have visited The Netherlands, Malta and Ireland.

  • 1 option from a suite of modules including specialisms in urban policy, environmental assessment, and Geographical Information Systems

Territorial Planning and Development

Planning Law and Practice

European Spatial Planning

Level 4

You can choose from a range of option modules and prepare a dissertation on a topic that interests you. This allows you to study in depth and develop your own specialism.

  • Critical Planning Agendas
  • Dissertation
  • 2 options from a suite of modules including specialisms in community governance, climate change, environmental management, and urban conservation

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

The MA degree provides students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the built and natural environment and a range of transferable skills such as problem solving, IT, communications and team work. These qualities have allowed some of our graduates to obtain rewarding jobs in careers other than planning such as business management, retailing, computing and tourism.

Having graduated earlier this year, I spent some time within the Development Management team at Aberdeenshire Council before securing a private sector position with Montagu Evans in Edinburgh. I am now involved in a variety of projects with my team and very much looking forward to picking up my interest in urban design when dealing with more complex proposals. I am thoroughly enjoying life in the private sector and I am hoping to achieve full RTPI membership in the next few years!

Lisa Proudfoot

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowTown and Regional Planning MA (Hons)K410