Taught course

Spatial Planning and Urban Design

London Metropolitan University · Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-class Honours degree in Architecture, Spatial Planning or Landscape Architecture Those with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered. You are required to demonstrate your design talent through presentation of a portfolio

Months of entry


Course content

This unusual programme offers the fundamental knowledge and technical skills for both spatial planning and urban design, focusing on their interaction.

The MA in Spatial Planning and Urban Design uniquely combines the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning with a common goal to transform urban living for the better.

We are concerned with the shaping of buildings and places. We nurture the capability of students to participate as proposers, responders and observers. We nurture participants who can contribute architectural proposition and have strong spatial judgement, but it is important to recognise that there is much more to it than design.

Urban change is effected by people with ideas, knowledge and experience who work in creative ways to transform our cities. They operate in a variety of ways and at a variety of scales including designing buildings, engaging with local communities, developing masterplans, re-thinking public transport networks and informing policy change.

The course has set up a number of summer research positions in Local Authorities to provide students with a unique opportunity to gather information, and engage with those in authority who can implement their research in to live projects.

Research opportunities are also available through Urban Research Projects | London, an urban research office within the CASS that develops projects, provides analysis, influences plans, and helps deliver informed urban change.

Course structure Course contents

The teaching on this course is based around a constant flow of conversation between the different disciplines involved in urban change, and is played out in a design studio where knowledge and skills gained from course modules in development economics, sustainable urbanism, planning practice and theory are incorporated within a design project.

The course is taught in collaboration with Design for London, the Mayor of London’s architecture and urbanism unit, providing a unique relationship with the people, places and resources that are influencing the city.

Throughout the year, students gain a variety of insights into the world of planning and urban design through guest lecturers from a wide range of public and private sector organisations, as well as case study reviews, workshops, exhibitions and events, and site visits across London and further afield.

Core modules:

• Spatial Planning Theory, History and Policy
• Spatial Planning Practice and Projects
• Planning for Sustainable Communities and Climate
• Planning and Development Economics
• Urban Design
• Research for Spatial Planning and Specialism


Assessment is through a range of methods, including written coursework submissions and design portfolio presentation.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
30 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

London Met Admissions