Taught course

Sustainable Urban Design MArch

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% - 50% of the total credits. An architectural, planning or landscape design portfolio must be submitted.

Months of entry


Course content

This 12-month MArch Sustainable Urban Design focuses on the design of the public realm, 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 covers urban regeneration issues, public realm design, urban design theory and practice and sustainable urbanism theory and applications in place-making with advanced technology and design tools. You will acquire the knowledge and develop the necessary skills to face the contemporary cultural, historical, social, economic and environmental challenges in terms of achieving holistic sustainability in those realms.

You will be encouraged to develop your problem-solving skills through creative urban design proposals. You will be provided with an understanding of the complex relationship between spatial and design issues, and social and economic urban crises. The course addresses urban design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments and responds to urban issues.

You will develop the mechanisms and design tools which when effectively implemented, can secure and deliver projects for the long-term benefit of a city and its people. The course emphasises the importance of design creativity, analytical skills, critical thinking and focuses on drawing and physical and computer modeling as tools for analysis, exploration, communication and design in order to achieve social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

Information for international students

For more information and advice, please visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus/international-applicants/index.aspx

Fees and funding

Please visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/funding/pgt-funding.aspx for more information and advice on funding your masters.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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