MSc Urban Regeneration and Development

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
MSc URD Dissertation

Course unit fact file
Unit code PLAN60550
Credit rating 60
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Planning and Environmental Management
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


All taught Masters programmes within the Planning and Landscape require students to prepare a dissertation as a central part of their programme. Candidates must prepare, on a subject approved by the Programme Director, a piece of submitted work which contains an element of original endeavour, submitted according to the specification of the programme and the advice of the individual supervisor.

Students are free to consider a wide range of topics for the dissertation, but topics will be approved in the light of the expertise of Planning and Landscape and its staff for supervisory purposes, the feasibility of the topic within the timescale of the programme, and the extent to which the topic supplements and extends knowledge gained from following the particular programme to study.


1. To provide students with an opportunity to plan, manage and conduct a programme of research on a topic related to their programme of studies
2. To further students' knowledge of a relevant body of literature, and to develop powers of critical reasoning as part of this process
3. To allow students to seek new research findings which add to the existing body of knowledge on a particular subject area
4. To develop students' writing, presentation and bibliographic skills, and to give them experience of developing and managing a specific programme of work through to final submission

Learning outcomes

1. Develop fully knowledge of, and competence in, an appropriate range of research methods. This will involve the development of a study hypothesis, an appreciation of the research methodology and analytical techniques to be utilised, the undertaking of a specific research study, the synthesis and evaluation of findings, and a clear statement of conclusions and prescriptions
2. Gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic related to urban regeneration and development
3. Produce a well-written, clearly presented and properly formatted dissertation.

Assessment methods

100% Dissertation

Feedback methods

Written feedback will be provided on publication of the final degee results

Recommended reading

Full explanation of the approach to the dissertation, formatting and submission of the work can be obtained from 'Planning and Landscape Taught Masters Programmes: Notes of Guidance on Dissertation Preparation', copies of which will be distributed to students at the first dissertation lecture in December 2008.

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Iain Deas Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Open to MA URD students only.

Two two-hour lectures will be delivered at the start of semester two:

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