Entry requirements

The course is open to applicants who hold a 2.1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related design & planning discipline.

We will actively consider applications from candidates with lower degrees or an alternative subject, who can provide a suitable portfolio and/or evidence relevant work experience.

Mid-career professional candidates with practice experience are also encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in all components.

OR

An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Urban Design MA brings together theory and design practice to develop your urban design skills.

Urban Design applies to worldwide locations facing contemporary global issues. It combines the form production processes of place and socio-economic drivers that shape the urban realm. And links theory, practice and the urban experience.

You'll be part of an international cohort of students from planning, architecture, landscape architecture and other backgrounds. You will work in design studios with support from professional practitioners and research tutors.

The urban design skills you develop apply to a spectrum of locations and issues and you will be able to create liveable places for tomorrow. You'll also engage with contemporary and future urban issues such as:

  • intensification and population growth
  • climate change
  • cultural design context
  • biodiversity and landscape urbanism
  • affordable housing
  • urban public realm in the digital age.

On graduating you will be employable in professions in a range of fields related to the growth and liveability of cities.


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

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) when combined with the PGDip in Spatial Planning.

Assessment

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

Course contact details

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Phone
+44 (0) 1865 484848