Taught course

Urban Design

University of Strathclyde · Department of Architecture

Entry requirements

An Honours degree, or equivalent, in a discipline related to the built environment and the city (e.g. .architecture, planning, engineering, landscape architecture, sociology, history). Candidates with alternative professional experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Urban Design
This course is designed for both practitioners and students to enhance the understanding of the city as a complex and dynamic system and to advance the skills of practical urban design. While the focus is on physical planning and the design of urban spaces and buildings, the various influencing factors are also carefully considered. The major topic is the European metropolis, or city region, within the context of globalisation. The Department and the course have an established partnership with Glasgow City Council which enriches the programme with challenges and realism.

Course Structure
The course is delivered through studio work, lectures and seminars and a piece of research carried out by the student. The studio involves work on the urban design of a complex urban area, including the levels of the entire city, the neighbourhood and the individual public space defined by urban architecture. Lectures and seminars, delivered as compulsory and optional taught classes, normally run over two and a half days to allow for flexible booking by CPD and part-time students, and cover the following topics relevant to the studio's design project:
- typology and architecture
- economics and real estate
- politics and policy
- building laws and design codes
- transportation and infrastructure
- landscape and recreation
- history and theory
- implementation methods and management
- representation and visual communication

Successful completion of studio and classes leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma; the completion of an additional research element leads to the award of the MSc in Urban Design, which is accredited as a Specialist Course by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Course Duration MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time PgDip: 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time PgCert: 5 months full-time, 9 months part-time

Information for international students

The Department is highly international in nature with both staff and students coming from a broad international range, A good command of English, minimum 6.5 in IELTS is required.

Fees and funding

Availability of funding varies from year to year. Please contact the Department to enquire about current funding possibilities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


part time
9 months
full time
5 months

Course contact details

Director of Postgraduate Studies
+44 (0)141 548 4219
+44 (0)141 552 3997