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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MArch Sustainable Urban Design is a research and project-based programme, which aims to assist the enhancement of the quality of our cities by bringing innovative design into a new relationship with the latest theoretical research on the special structure of urban form.

Architecture primarily concerns the design of individual buildings and seldom has the mandate to challenge the nature of the city itself. Conversely, planning deals with the city as a whole but generally stops short of specific design interventions, leaving open the question of what alternative spatial forms the future city might take.

Through creative urban design proposals (as opposed to purely theoretical work), this course aims to fill this academic and professional vacuum. It provides students with an understanding of the complex relationship between spatial and design issues and social and economic urban processes. It addresses urban design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments and responds to urban problems.

The course will enable you to develop the mechanisms and tools, which may effectively be implemented to secure and deliver projects for the long-term benefit of its city and people.

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
t: +44 (0)115 951 5559