An Honours degree, or equivalent, in a discipline related to the built environment and the city (eg architecture, planning, engineering, and other built environment disciplines). Candidates with alternative professional experience may also be considered.
The course is open to students with various backgrounds related to the built and natural environment. If you come from design-based disciplines (ie. Architecture, landscape architecture), please submit a portfolio of design work, to illustrate the range of scales and variety of projects you've been involved in, as well as your graphic skills.
If you come from a non-design based discipline, please explain in your Statement of Purpose where your interest in urbanism comes from, and try and give us an overview of your knowledge in the area. We would be delighted to review a portfolio, if you have one, of any work you might have collected relevant to the subject of the course.
Months of entry
Recent data and predictions on the forthcoming rate of urbanisation make cities the most common living environment of the future.
What kind of life will it be for the seven billion people who will live in existing or developing cities? Cities hold tremendous potential, but at the same time are sources of stress, inequalities and pollution. We're working to improve cities to better support fulfilling and diverse lifestyles.
Urban design has an important role in determining both the current and future form of cities. The responsibility for the development and management of cities is becoming increasingly shared.
This course is designed for practitioners and students to enhance their understanding of the city as a complex and dynamic system.
While your focus will be on physical planning and the design of urban spaces and buildings, the various influencing factors that affect form will also be considered.
The major topic is the European metropolis, or city region, within the context of globalisation. You’ll learn to develop appropriate strategies for sustainable urban development. This will encompass social, political, economic, environmental, architectural, aesthetic and psychological aspects.
For more course information please see the website.
Information for international students
Please see the English language requirements for Strathclyde.
Fees and funding
For funding information please see the website.
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
MSc in Urban Design is accredited as a Specialist Course by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Course contact details
- Dr Ombretta Romice
- +44 (0)141 548 4219