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Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh; MSc Sustainable Community Design

Programme focus: Theory-Technical-Planning/Policy/Sustainable Development || Design studio: NO || Fees: £4,350/£11,270 (EU/Overseas)

Programme director: Harry Smith
Programme founded: 2010
Duration: 1 year full-time; 2-3 years part-time; distance learning available
Intake: Approx.10 students
Student profile:  67% international

Distinctive feature: Multidisciplinary approach to ecologically sound settlement design, including planning, community themes and building performance issues.
Includes residential course within Findhorn Ecovillage, an operating sustainable community.

Entry requirements:
- For MSc entry minimum 2.2 honours degree in relevant discipline and/or full membership of relevant professional institution. Equivalent UK/overseas qualifications will be considered on individual basis
- For diploma entry, students should have at least a degree in relevant discipline
- Non native English speakers required to provide certification of their English language qualifications at IELTS level 6.0 (or equivalent) or higher. Where a score is below 6.0, the school will only accept the applicant if an individual case can be made.

Career opportunities:
Our students go into employment in a range of sectors including, among others, engineering firms, voluntary sector organisations and private consultancy in sustainability. Some of our students have gone on to undertake PhD research.

Student comments:
During the 3-week residential courses in Findhorn our students said ‘Incredibly inspiring, expanded my knowledge of the problems in the world today, how sustainable communities can address these problems. The course has given me drive to do something about those problems.’ And ‘I honestly believe I will remember these 3 weeks for all my life.’

Admissions contact: Harry Smith

Tuition: £4,350/£11,270 full-time (EU/Overseas); £2,350/£5,850 part-time (EU/Overseas); £990 per course (total 8 courses)


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