Taught course

Urban Design

University of Sheffield · School of Architecture

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment. Related subjects include: architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, service design or any other discipline that has a demonstrable relationship to some aspect of spatial design and/or research.

Your degree doesn't have to be design-based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we'll consider your application. We'd like to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities.

Months of entry


Course content

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

The course is underpinned by a desire to critically examine the key urban development challenges that cities are facing today. You will take local urban areas in Sheffield as a reference for comparison with other UK and international contexts in Europe as well as in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Central to the course is a design studio project, and core modules exploring urban design theory, participatory methodologies and reflections on urban design practice.

We are one of the UK's top architecture schools. Our teaching staff are doing world-class research, helping to make the school a leader in our field across the UK and internationally. Through our teaching and research, we explore the social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture. As a Sheffield student you will engage with real issues affecting the built environment.

Studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars, workshops and traditional lecture modules.

You’ll be assessed on course assignments design, thesis and a dissertation.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

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


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 0349