Postgraduate study

The Alliance offers postgraduate taught degree programmes and a range of Masters and PhD level research opportunities, capitalising on the breadth of expertise available across teaching and supervision at our two universities and the benefits of our collaboration.

Teaching & learning: Candidates can elect to study at one partner institution, or to undertake an MSc programme jointly run and managed by both the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. We currently offer two joint programmes:

MSc in Architectural Project Management

This programme provides a unique overview of, and insight into, the design, management and operation of construction. Delivered via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), it is aimed at professionals from all backgrounds currently working in the construction industry and provides flexible study options that fit around work or family. It examines the concepts, practices and strategies essential to the provision of an added value service to clients and other stakeholders within the overarching constraints of time, quality, costs, sustainability and safety management. It is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

For more information, contact Dr Graeme Bowles
Phone: +44 (0)131 451 4626 Email:

MSc in Urban Strategies and Design

This programme explores the contemporary urban environment in the context of a wide and diverse range of social, economic and political influences. It focuses on urban design responses to a number of contemporary challenges, including urban restructuring in the Global North and rapid urban expansion in the Global South. Comprising a mix of lectures, projects, fieldwork and research, it enables students to test their urban hypotheses in the form of an urban project, which can be developed in a range of forms, depending on their interest and expertise at group and individual levels.  It equips students with the tools and skills to propose socially-sustainable urban projects at diverse scales, and responding to differing formats. Ultimately it prepares graduates for career destinations in urban design, development planning and work with NGOs. Students will also have the skill sets required to work in planning analysis and strategic development-related professions.

For more information, contact the Programme Co-Directors

Dr Soledad Garcia-Ferrari (ESALA)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5787 Email:

Dr Harry Smith (Heriot-Watt)
Phone: +44 (0)131 451 4616 Email: