Taught course

Urban Design and Residential Development

Nottingham Trent University · School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Entry requirements

The course is designed for practitioners as well as those who wish to develop specialism within the area. A minimum 3rd class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. Applications are welcomed from candidates with relevant educational or industrial experience. Applications are welcomed from candidates with relevant educational or industrial experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed specifically for professionals working full time, this course includes a dedicated module on Building for Life ™. Based on the principles of urban design the course is focused on creating places for people.

The course is:

  • Endorsed by the Urban Design Group as fulfilling part of the entry requirements for 'Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design' status.
  • Only course endorsed by Design for Homes.
  • Supported by leading professionals at the forefront of urban design, planning and home and place building.
  • Flexible study, taught part-time – nine full days over nine months.
  • Field trip lead by residential design experts Design for Homes included within the course fees.

The government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and new National Practice Guidance (NPPG) place a strong emphasis on good design and community-led planning.

Created alongside the development of NPPF, NPPG, Building for Life 12 and now updated to include the new Built for Life consumer accreditation scheme, this course has been designed specifically to support those working within the built environment, particularly those employed in the home and place building industry.

Set within a context of new national and local planning frameworks, challenging economic conditions and unprecedented reductions in public expenditure, this course is essential to those delivering a new generation of homes and communities.

Over a series of three modules, the course explores the evolution and principles of urban design and the government's localism agenda (including Neighbourhood Planning). The third module is dedicated to residential design and in particular Building for Life.

Nottingham Trent University is uniquely placed to offer support to professionals seeking to better understanding the Building for Life and Built for Life initiatives with the authors of these initiatives contributing to the course. The University is also leading research relating to the use and development of Building for Life and Built for Life initiatives

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Stefan Kruczkowski
+44 (0)115 848 6033