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MSc in Sustainable Urban Management now accredited by RICS

Improving the sustainability of cities is a major global challenge for the twenty first century. The MSc in Sustainable Urban Management addresses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability. This degree is designed to be applicable across national boundaries. It aims to develop a new range of environmental management professionals with the all round knowledge and skills necessary to tackle sustainability in a holistic way.

The programme has been running since 2011 and this month has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The RICS professional qualification is internationally recognised and the full accreditation is therefore an important recognition for the programme that will enhance its worldwide attractiveness. It is offered on a full-time and part-time basis at the Edinburgh campus and on a distance learning basis.

The programme builds on long standing research interests of the School of the Built Environment in urban sustainability. Research has included a major contribution to a multi-university research consortium funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council whose findings were published in the 2010 book, Dimensions of the Sustainable City, edited by Mike Jenks and Colin Jones.

Professor Colin Jones noted:

“This is one of a very few taught postgraduate programmes in this field and only the second to be accredited by the RICS. Heriot-Watt is one of the leading research institutions in urban sustainability and the MSc benefits from this expertise.”

More information on the MSc in Sustainable Urban Management can be found here. Applicants should be aware that, although is no official deadline for on-site postgraduate applications, it is best to apply as soon as possible to secure a place. Distance learning students have to be registered two months before their course begins:

  • September 2014 entry: Deadline 1 July 2014
  • January 2015 entry: Deadline 1 October 2014



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