Taught course

Urban Design

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Our PGT programmes are open to candidates from architectural and built environment backgrounds and draw on established and widely recognised research strengths within the School. If you are a UK or EU resident with a good academic and /or work experience record we would like to hear from you. Academic Criteria: A First or Second Class Honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject is usually required. We welcome applications from those with degrees in design, architecture, planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering. However, other subjects will also be considered. Competency in graphics: All applicants will be required to demonstrate a competency in graphics and design by way of a portfolio. You will be required to submit a portfolio of design or graphic work with their applications. Guidance provided below. Demonstrable interest in urban design and the issues of contemporary cities: The application form requires you to write a personal statement in support of your application. It is very important to us that you provide the reasons for wanting to study urban design, and what your experience of urban design is.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Aims

The course aims to produce students who can:

  • Think three-dimensionally and creatively manipulate space at the intermediate scale between architecture and planning;
  • Analyse the qualities of localities and places and respond to complex and often contradictory community aspirations;
  • Critically appraise development (built and proposed) and make suggestions for improvement, and develop improved policy and control practices;
  • Conceptualise and draw development proposals at different scales from the territorial to the block scale;
  • Be able to recognise and add quality in all development situations;
  • Test developments for their sustainability, economic viability and constituency;
  • Understand how to approach implementation through inter-professional and inter-agency collaboration and consensus building.

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Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English, a minimum standard in English language of either IELTS total score 6.5 (no sub-score may be below 5.5) or the equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Marga Munar Bauza
+44 (0)29 208 75961