Taught course

Sustainable Urban Design

University of Nottingham · Department of Architecture and the Built Environment

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in architecture or similar subject. Must include modules in architectural design accounting for 25 per cent-50 per cent of credits. An architectural, planning or landscape design portfolio must be submitted.

Months of entry


Course content

The 12 month MArch Sustainable Urban Design course focuses on the design of urban areas and cities and is a research and project-based programme. The course is designed to enhance the quality of our cities by bringing innovative design into a new relationship with the latest theoretical research with regard to the structure of urban form and the creation of urban places in order to respond to the major opportunities and challenges.

The programme draws upon the research and practice expertise of the academic staff within the Department. This includes the authors of internationally renowned books and journal papers on urban design and related areas together with considerable international practice experience that informs the teaching on the programme.

The programme covers place-making, public realm design, urban conservation and regeneration issues, urban design theory and practice and sustainable urbanism theory and application. Students will acquire knowledge and develop the skills necessary to face contemporary cultural, historical, social, economic and environmental challenges that our towns and cities face in terms of achieving holistic sustainability in those realms.

Students will be encouraged to develop problem-solving skills through creative urban design proposals. They will also develop an understanding of the complex relationship between spatial and design issues and social and economic urban processes. The course also addresses urban design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments, physical or not and responds to current urban issues.

Students will develop the design and research tools which when effectively implemented can secure and deliver projects for the long-term benefit of cities and their communities. The courses emphasises the importance of design creativity, analytical skills, critical thinking and focuses on drawing together with physical and computer modelling as tools for analysis, exploration, communication and design in order to achieve social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Department of Architecture wbe pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5151