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Entry Year


Programme length *

1 year(s)

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Engineering and Physical Sciences


Natural and Built Environment

* 1 year full-time


This programme offers students the opportunity to gain specialisation on urban and rural design and planning that helps to create successful ‘places’ that are economically active, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The course explores the relationship between nature and built environment in both urban and rural settings. Most modules contain a significant practice-orientated component that focuses on developing the skills and knowledge necessary for working effectively in an increasingly urbanised and complex world.


Why Queen's?

The MSc is accredited as a standalone programme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 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 21.12.15

Course Details

Semester 1

Design and Regeneration
Spatial Literacy in Design
Urban Design in Practice

Semester 2

Approaches to Property Development
Rural Landscape & Design
Design for Sustainable Communities

Semester 3

Individual Design Project (IDP)

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment is by a variety of methods including formal examination, individual and group project submissions and individual assessment of specialist subject through Individual Design Project (IDP).

Learning and Teaching

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 or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Students who have successfully completed the BSc in Planning, Environmental and Development can apply to this programme.

This course is also suitable for students from other spatial and Arts and Humanities related disciplines such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Visual Arts, Geography, Housing and Real Estate, Anthropology/Sociology and others.

This course is designed for students who go on to work in the build environment professions and those involved in community development, regeneration, real estate development and certain fields in the public service provision, local government and the voluntary sector. In recent years, the course has been designed particularly with global employers in mind and is attended by many international students.


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 Urmi Sengupta
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Tel: 9097 4486

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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 and architectural consultancies, urban and rural planning authorities, regeneration agencies and international 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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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.

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