University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

International Planning Studies

The is a combined spatial planning course that offers students the opportunity to specialise in international planning. Interdisciplinary and holistic in nature, this programme develops the core urban planning knowledge and skills necessary for planning practitioners with a professional interest in global planning systems. Students take a series of core courses, choose optional courses and undertake a dissertation or a major project in international planning. There is also an opportunity to take part in an international study trip. Core semester 1 courses are largely based on lectures, seminars and tutorials, and build an understanding of planning and urban theories and principles. Case studies will be used to examine urban development, planning systems and processes in western and rapidly urbanising countries while also learning from the urban experience in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Towards the end of semester 1 students start to develop core skills and build upon them in semester 2 through field, project and team work. This is designed to build spatial planning competencies and become a reflective practitioner.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Applicants with a lower 2nd class Honours degree may be accepted, subject to strong references and/or relevant work experience. English language requirements: IELTS: overall score 6.5 (no sub-test less than 6.0); ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20; CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum; CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum; PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59. If students require a Tier 4 student visa, their qualification must be 1 of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old.

Course modules

Core courses: global cities; governance and markets; development process; development economics; professional practice, ethics and management; contemporary planning systems; designing places; spatial planning strategies. Optional courses: international urban challenges; Asian cities.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 14,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 778 per Credit module (home fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 778 per Credit module (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

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