Taught course

Urban Design and Planning

University of Sheffield · Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Entry requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience). You’re welcome to apply with a 2:2 degree, although we would normally expect to see evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

To deal with the complex challenges of urban development, planners have to know how to work with other professionals. This course equips you with the skills to produce sensitive plans and creative designs, taking into account the financial and practical issues associated with property development.

This course will develop your skills in urban design, planning and the development of cities.

You’ll study the UK urban experience and also rapidly urbanising cities in Asia and Africa. The course draws on leading teaching and research at the University, combining the urban design expertise of the School of Architecture and the international planning expertise of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The course is accredited as a Specialist Planning Programme by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Autumn semester

Core modules:

  • Principles of Urban Design
  • Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development
  • Research Methods

Examples of optional modules

Choose one module from a list including:

  • Spatial Planning Systems
  • Urban Development in the Global South

Spring semester

Core module: either Urban Design in the Global South and International Development Field Class, or Integrated Project.

Examples of optional modules

  • Advanced Software Skills in Urban Design
  • Transport Planning
  • Conservation and Regeneration
  • Sustainable Development: A Critical Perspective
  • Cities of the South

The costs for the field trip are not covered in the tuition fee.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6900