MA Degree Programme
Level 3 Territorial Planning and Development
This module develops a critical awareness and understanding of the purpose, nature, principles and operation of statutory and non-statutory development planning, public involvement and non-statutory approaches at the regional and local levels.
Planning Law and Practice
The module provides students with the required technical knowledge of the Scottish planning system with particular reference to development of the built and natural environment.
European Spatial Planning
This module considers the theoretical background to regional spatial planning and examines the nature and future development of regionalism in European and UK contexts. It involves a residential study visit to a European country.
Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal
This option deals with topics which are at the cutting edge of sustainable development policy and practice, including Environmental Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Urban Policies and Programmes
This option considers the development of contemporary urban policy in the UK, its origins with reference to contextual social, political and institutional factors.
Level 4 Critical Planning Agendas
This module explores contemporary themes and issues in the planning and management of cities, regions and the environment.
This option critically examines key aspects of theory and practice associated with community governance, community based planning and neighbourhood management.
Urban Conservation and Rehabilitation
This option analyses the factors which have led to the emergence of urban area conservation and rehabilitation in the UK and explores the case for extensive urban conservation.
Conservation of Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest
This option examines building conservation, the principles of listing buildings, the complexities of funding projects and the technical issues raised in practical building projects.
This module allows students to undertake an extended study of a topic or problem which has relevance to the study of town and regional planning. This process will involve both theoretical and empirical knowledge and argument.
Iram Mohammed graduated with a BSc in Town and Regional Planning in 2006. She joined Atkins Ltd in 2008 as a Graduate Planner, and was then promoted to Planning Consultant in 2009.
“Working in a large multidisciplinary engineering company has meant that I've had the opportunity to work on many projects including road, rail and utilities infrastructure, public realm and masterplanning, education, energy, coastal and health developments. My work includes the preparation of planning appraisals and statements, stakeholder and public consultation,
the submission of applications for small and large scale developments, research and analysis of policy and environmental impact assessments. I'm also on hand to give planning advice to Atkins architects and engineers. I have also been on the RTPI's Scottish Young Planners Network Steering Committee since 2007.
The degree programme at Dundee gave me good academic grounding and covered a wide variety of planning and environmental topics, all of which have invaluable in the world of work, especially the environmental law module in 2nd
year which covers environmental impact assessments. The best thing is that, as the world of planning in Scotland and even the UK is a small one, you inevitably end up working with your peers, whether it’s in the private or public sector.
I found my time at Dundee really enjoyable. Everyone – from the lecturers to the students – was passionate about the subject and the academic support I received was first class. Lecturers always made time to see students no matter how busy they were.”
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