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Programme length *

1 year(s)

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Engineering and Physical Sciences


Natural and Built Environment

* 1 year full-time


This Masters degree offers students the opportunity to study the various spatial planning dimensions of regeneration at local, regional and national scales. Most modules contain a significant practice-orientated component that focuses on developing the skills and knowledge necessary for working effectively in the 'real world'.


Why Queen's?

This MSc is accredited as a standalone programme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Planning and Development Pathway). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), but only for graduates who have successfully completed an RTPI-accredited undergraduate programme, however, the School does offer an RTPI-accredited MSc programme for graduates from a range of non-planning backgrounds, for more information, please see the Planning section of the School website.

Last updated 25.08.16

Course Details

Modules include:

Semester 1

Design and Regeneration
Local and Regional Development
GIS and Spatial Analysis

Semester 2

Approaches to Property Development
Planning in Contested Space
Professional Practice Project in Spatial Regeneration

Semester 3

Dissertation or Work-Based Study

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment is by a variety of methods including formal examination, individual and group project submissions and individual assessment of specialist subject dissertation or Work-Based Study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching times are usually in the morning and afternoons. This degree involves fieldwork and team working outside formally allocated lecture times. A considerable amount of independent study is also required.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in environmental planning or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

The course is open to other graduates, particularly those from the built environment professions and those involved in community development, regeneration, and certain fields in public service provision, local government and the voluntary sector.


For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Neil Galway
School of Natural and Built Environment
Room 03/013 David Keir Building

Tel: 02890 974835

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

A range of career opportunities in the public and private sectors is available, particularly in multidisciplinary planning consultancies, planning authorities, regeneration agencies and community development organisations.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

For fees, funding and further information see:


Queen's Direct Applications Portal
Steps to Postgraduate Study Guidance (HEFCE)
Queen's Postgraduate Admissions Policy

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