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Building, Planning and Urban Design

Programmes are delivered by our Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, a multidisciplinary research centre with international expertise across a number of themes.

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Why Building, Planning and Urban Design at Heriot-Watt?

The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design is a leading body recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Centre aims to produce postgraduate students in architecture and engineering that can not only demonstrate knowledge and skills within their own discipline, but are also literate about sustainability challenges and the need to take a multidisciplinary approach to shape our cities and towns so they effectively contribute to a wealthier and fairer, healthier and safer, and ultimately sustainable society.

Shape the built environment

At Heriot-Watt, we strive to improve infrastructure globally within our Architectural Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Construction Project & Quantity Surveying, and Urban Studies areas. Our hands-on, cross-disciplinary approach to teaching makes us the perfect choice for those who choose to create a sustainable, resource and energy efficient world.

Postgraduate Building, Planning and Urban Design programmes


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Why Heriot-Watt?

Ranking (Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design, The Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guide 2024)

We are ranked 2nd in Scotland and 4th in UK for Town & Country Planning and Landscape by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Ranking (Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design, Complete University Guide 2023)

We are ranked 2nd in Scotland and 15th in the UK for Town and Country Planning and Landscape Design in the Complete University Guide 2023.

Living in Edinburgh

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

We are accredited by the following organisations

At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

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Energy Institute (EI)

MSc Renewable Energy Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute as 'Further Learning' for a Chartered Engineer.

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