Entry requirements

Mid-career candidates with practice experience are encouraged to apply; but the course is open to anyone with a first degree at 2.1. However, strong candidates with a lower degree, or no degree but substantial relevant experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The Urban Design course combines students' existing strengths with focused design training to produce urban designers capable of managing the complex problems of development, urban space and form.

The course is offered as a linked PGCert/PGDip/MA. The aim of the PGCert and PGDip stages is to provide a framework of current knowledge and skills in urban design and master planning.

The PGCert stage of the course focuses on the basic concepts and theory of urban design, establishing a solid grounding in the practical realisation of design qualities in a case site situation.

The PGDip stage increases the emphasis placed on the application of more specific design skills in differing contexts, through projects and a more in-depth examination of design history. Theory and new research are provided through a series of history and theory lectures and seminars.

The aim of the MA stage is to provide an opportunity for developing urban design research skills through individually selected researchable topics in theoretical and practical fields of study in urban design. The MA dissertation gives students the opportunity to explore in depth a subject related to urban design, and to integrate the various elements of the course. Past topics for the MA include local identity, transport and design, public art and urban design, urban coding, environmental design, digital cities, and eco-towns.

The course is structured around nine modules.

As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

The PGCert stage of the course consists of the following compulsory modules and is worth 60 level 7 credits:

  • Urban Design Studio;
  • Urban Design Theory I;
  • Urban Design Practice I and II;
  • Urban Design Studio II.

The PGDip stage of the course consists of the following compulsory modules and is worth 120 level 7 credits:

  • Urban Design Theory II;
  • Urban Design Issues II;
  • Urban Design Development Seminars.

The MA stage of the course consists of the following compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods in Design;
  • Master's Dissertation.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their level of English is appropriate to study at postgraduate level. The course requires IELTS level 6 (preferably 6.5) in the academic test, with a minimum score of 6 in reading and writing.

Fees and funding

Some bursaries are available from time to time. In addition, partial scholarships towards tuition fees may be available. Contact the course administrator for details, since availability and type of scholarships change from year to year.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
20 months


part time
8 months

Further details of qualification

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited when combined with the PGDip in Spatial Planning.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment31
Creative work69

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483688