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Building, Planning and Urban Design

Designed and delivered by the School of Engineering, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, our degrees are for individuals interested in the planning, design, construction, sale and development of the built environment and infrastructure.

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Theoretical and practical understanding

Our degrees are designed to allow students to be completely immersed in both the theory and practice of urban design, building and development. With an emphasis on the social and political ramifications of design for a transformative just and sustainable urbanization, it seeks to realign conventional wisdom with a new way of thinking and doing.

Postgraduate Building, Planning and Urban Design programmes


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Why Heriot-Watt?

Go Global from Dubai

The unique opportunity to carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a true global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey will take you.

Virtual tour (Dubai campus)

Why not take a virtual tour of our facilities for teaching, study and refreshment with our 360 tours.

Student services centre

Student Service Centre offers services to all students (enrolled and graduates). Students can contact the centre for academic, finance, visa or accommodation queries.

Dubai campus Accommodation

Our accommodation options cater to every individual. Whether it's a stylish hotel, a self-contained community or a more classic student residence, students will be able to live and study in both safety and comfort.

Dubai campus Facilities

Students enjoy dedicated classroom, ICT, computer, library, and counselling facilities. A range of cafes and restaurants are available on site and there are many amenities in close proximity to campus.

Dubai Student life and wellbeing

Heriot-Watt University encourages students to take part in activities, community services and networking to develop leadership skills, positive interpersonal relationship skills and encourages exposure to various cultures, ideas, arts and styles of life.

New Dubai Campus

Dubai has opened the doors of its brand-new campus at Dubai Knowledge Park.

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Postgraduate Building, Planning and Urban Design programmes