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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

International Planning and Development (MSc)

1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

The course aims to provide a broad education in international planning and development, enabling students to acquire the knowledge and critical understanding to make a significant contribution to the management of human settlements and urban systems.

Special Features

Course Description

The MSc International Planning and Development tackles the challenges of urbanisation in the 21st century. Since 2008, more than half the world's population has lived in cities. Cities are crucibles of culture, knowledge and innovation, but also harbour poverty and exclusion; globalisation, environmental pollution, and climate change all threaten the well-being of urban residents.

This course spans the disciplines of spatial planning and development studies, enabling students to acquire the knowledge and critical understanding to make a significant contribution to the design and management of cities.

Course Structure

The course is divided into two parts:

Core teaching focuses on issues of development and underdevelopment, city futures in a globalising world, and creation of space and place within different political, cultural, economic and environmental contexts. Options enable students to follow specialisms in urban design, real estate and housing – or a general route with options in options in planning, environment, transport, real estate, site planning, regeneration and housing. The dissertation is an opportunity for students to develop their specialist interests.

Available Modules

The following list relates to the modules for the academic year 2014/15. Please note that these may be subject to change.

Core Modules

Option Modules

For further details and up-to-date information on the course and modules, please see the course pages on the School's website.

Skills Acquired

Transferable skills:


Careers Prospects

The course offers the knowledge and expertise for a career in academia, government and the private sector, in a wide variety of organisations including international agencies, central or local government, consultancy and NGOs.

Our Alumni collectively represent the variety of potential careers and jobs that our current (and future) students may embark on.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in planning, geography, sociology, architecture, engineering, property management, law or other relevant disciplines, or mid-career professionals working in planning, development or similar fields. The course is appropriate for both international students, and UK students interested in international planning.

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. The UK Border Agency requires minimum sub-scores of IELTS 5.5 across the four competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The University’s English language centre offers 10 and 8-week Pre-sessional Courses and a longer Bridge Programme and provides on-going support for international students.

Study Visits

A number of field study visits may be arranged during the course. The School does partly subsidise these trips but students should allow for travelling and subsistence expenses.


Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 to all Cardiff University alumni.

For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit their Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.

The fees listed below are those before bursaries have been deducted.

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding.  It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University.  Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Prof Alison Brown  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6519 



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