Most of the qualifications that are fundamentally concerned with local economic development are at postgraduate level (first degrees in town planning or in economics have been excluded). Most programmes of study are available in part time or full time modes and take one or two years study to complete.

This listing of qualifications in local economic development is arranged by 'University of ...' followed by an alphabetical listing of the town in which the university is located (occasionally the name of the town comes first) with the exception of the Institution of Economic Development which is listed at the beginning of the sequence.

1 Institution of Economic Development (IED)

P O Box 396

High Wycombe

Bucks HP15 6EL

Diploma in Local and Regional Economic Development

The IED is the professional body for people working in the field of local and regional economic development. Their diploma is thus a professional qualification requiring registration with the IED, prior knowledge of a relevant specialism, an examination, a dissertation and proof of relevant professional training.

In order to extend the opportunity of gaining professional recognition, the IED has recently linked its professional diploma with a number of universities who offer courses in local economic development/urban regeneration. These include the universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, London School of Economics, Middlesex, Northumbria, Oxford Brookes and Sheffield Hallam.

2 University of Birmingham

Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS)


Birmingham B15 2TT

Tel 0121 414 5021

MSc/Dip in Urban and Regional Studies

MSc/Dip in Economic Development and Policy

3 University of Bristol

Centre for Urban Studies

School for Policy Studies

Rodney Lodge,

Grange Road

Bristol BS8 4EA

Tel 0117 974 1117

MSc in Policy Studies

4 Cardiff University of Wales

Department of City and Regional Planning

Aberconway Building

Colum Drive

Cardiff CF1 3YN

Tel 01222 874882

MSc in Technical Change and Regional Development

(soon to be re-named MSC in European Regional Development)

5 University of Coventry

Coventry Business School

Centre for Local Economic Development

Priory Street

Coventry CV1 5FB

Tel 01203 631313

MA in Local Economic Development

6 University of Durham

Department of Geography

Durham DH1 3LE

Tel 0191 374 7062

MA/Dip/Cert in Urban and Regional Change in Europe

7 University of Glasgow

Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU)

Adam Smith Building

Glasgow G12 8RT

Tel 0141 330 5128

MSc/Dip in Local Economic Development

MPhil in Local Economic Development

MPhil in Urban Policy

NB The Scottish Universities of Aberdeen, Abertay, Heriot Watt, Napier, Paisley and Strathclyde are partners in the development, delivery and review of the MSc/Dip in Local Economic Development.

8 Leeds Metropolitan University

Centre for Urban Development and Environmental Management

School of Built Environment

Brunswick Building

Leeds LS2 8BU

Tel 0113 283 2600

MA/Dip in Urban Regeneration

MA/Dip in Local Economic Development

9 London School of Economics

Department of Geography & Environment

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

Tel 0171 405 7686

MSc in Regional and Urban Planning

MSc in Local Economic Development

10 Middlesex University

Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)

The Business School

The Burroughs

London NW4 4BT

Tel 0181 362 5460

MA in Local Economic Development

11 University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)

Newcastle Upon Tyne


Tel 0191 2226450

MA/Pg Dip in Urban Regeneration

12 University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Faculty of Social Sciences

Division of Government & Politics

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST

Tel 0191 227 3451

MA in Urban Policy and Development

13 Oxford Brookes University

School of Planning


Oxford OX3 0BP

Tel 01865 483450

MSc in Economic Development

MSc/Dip in Urban Planning (Economic Development)

14 Sheffield Hallam University

School of Urban and Regional Studies

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR)

City Campus

Pond Street

Sheffield S1 1WB

Tel 0114 253 2183

MSc in Urban Regeneration

15 Southbank University

Faculty of the Built Environment

Wandsworth Road

London SW8 2JZ

Tel 0171 815 7330

MSc/Dip in Urban Regeneration

MSc/Dip in Urban Policy

16 University of Warwick

Institute for Employment Research

Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel 01203 523287

Certificate in Labour Market Analysis

PhD in Local Economic Development and Human Resources

17 University of Westminster

Dept of Planning & Urban Design

35 Marylebone Road

London NW1 5LS

Tel 0171 911 5000

MA/Dip in Urban Regeneration

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