Taught course

Urban Design and Planning

University of Liverpool · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for all our postgraduate programmes is a good first degree (2:1) or above, in a related area from an approved university or equivalent. Applications from those with non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience are also welcomed and will be considered on their individual merits.

For applicants wishing to study this programme a Portfolio of design work must be submitted with the application. The portfolio should comprise of a maximum of 16 pages. This should be in digital format (.pdf or .jpg) which can be attached to your application (hardback copies are not accepted).

Relevant work experience is not an entry requirement, but prospective students are encouraged to gain some familiarity with the work of planning professionals prior to joining the programme.

Students admitted to this programme must have completed the equivalent of ENVS427 Making Plans and ENVS439 Making Places in their previous studies.

International qualifications:
Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

English language qualifications:
All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University please see country specific www.liv.ac.uk/international for English Language requirements specific to your country.

If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes; www.liv.ac.uk/english-language-centre/pre-sessional-english-courses.

If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at www.liverpool.ac.uk/english-language-centre.

Months of entry


Course content


In this course, you'll gain insights into the social, economic, and environmental challenges that urban planners face in designing cities that are functional, liveable, and sustainable. You'll also become familiar with various planning tools and methods that are used to address these challenges, and learn how they can be applied to specific urban design contexts. By exploring the complexities of urban design, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to tackle real-world issues and create vibrant and resilient communities.


Urban design and planning is a complex field that require an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on expertise from the landscape, architecture, engineering, social sciences, and environmental sciences.

Our course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of urban design and planning, providing you with a solid foundation in the principles and practices of designing and managing urban spaces. You will explore the social, economic, and environmental challenges that cities face today and learn how to address these challenges through innovative design and planning strategies.

By the end of the course, you will be able to analyse urban contexts, develop urban design proposals, and evaluate the social, economic, and environmental impacts of urban projects. Whether you aspire to become an urban designer, planner, or researcher, this course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in your future endeavours.

Key points

· A critical appreciation of challenges facing modern society in terms of the need to reconcile economic growth and development with protecting and conserving the environment.

· An understanding of the diversity of planned interventions at a variety of spatial scales, which are designed to produce effective and implementable solutions to policy dilemmas.

· A range of analytical skills and techniques that are designed to develop appropriate and implementable solutions to a range of complex problems.

· You’ll get the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to the achievement of feasible solutions to real-life problems.

· Develop the ability to appreciate the need to adopt strong professional values and ethics, recognising the diversity of interests that planning serves.

· Explore ideas, perspectives and debates in one specialised area of planning.


This programme has been devised to enable you to meet all of the learning outcomes specified by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Information for international students

For information on English language requirements, please visit www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/international/apply/english-language/postgraduate-entry/.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For up to date fees visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/postgraduate-taught/finance/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MCD
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Master of Civic Design (MCD)

Course contact details

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