Taught course

Urban Design

Institution
University of Sheffield · School of Architecture
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture and town planning. We’d also like to see your presentation portfolio. Your degree doesn’t have to be design based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we’ll consider your application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

Urban design professionals are in demand. We can help you develop design skills that will relate to a broader social, environmental and economic context, linking individual architectural projects and overall planning strategies.

Advance your career

Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.

Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd. With a post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.

Learn from experts

You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.

Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us fourth in the UK.

Explore your ideas

You’ll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.

Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing. Working with real clients on real projects, you’ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make
a difference to communities.

Taught professional courses

Our courses have similar structures. Course handbooks are available on our website with information on modules and course assessment procedures.

Core modules

Urban Design Project I; Urban Design Project II; Urban Design Thesis Project; Participation in Architecture and Urban Design; History and Theory of Urban Design; Reflection on Urban Design Practice; Urban Design Tools and Methods.

Examples of optional modules

Reflections of Architectural Education; Analysing Urban Context; Interactive Urban Visualisation Modelling; Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis; Parametric Architectural Geometry; Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis.

Teaching and assessment

Studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars, workshops and traditional lecture modules. You’ll be assessed on course assignments and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
ssoa@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)114 222 0306/0309