Taught course


University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Communication, Spatial and Product Design

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

An upper second-class honours degree or an equivalent EU/ international qualification.

The course aims to recruit post-experience candidates who have graduate-level qualifications and a minimum of one year work experience. The course will not normally recruit from end-on students (i.e. those progressing directly from undergraduate degrees).

Applicants are likely to come from disciplines such as art and design, architecture, urban studies, the humanities, social sciences, politics or economics, or from other areas of creative practice such as performance.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Cities explores alternative, creative approaches to city-making.
Through a critical and experimental approach, you will challenge conventions of urban development and regeneration, exploring new forms of knowledge exchange through culturally engaged participatory processes. This course is part of the Spatial Practices programme.
Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins
  • Critical spatial practices: The course emphasises critical engagement with the realities of spatial production in the context of environmental, political and societal crisis. It embraces the disruptive and experimental culture of Central Saint Martins while ensuring rigorous academic content creates innovative, relevant and applicable results.
  • Engaging with industry: Elements of the course are delivered by industry practitioners as part of your professional development. You will have direct involvement in urban sites and situations as part of your study.
  • Interdisciplinary, wide-ranging appeal: This course will appeal to architects who are keen to up-skill and approach the complexities of the city creatively; planners who seek a more multi-disciplinary approach; artists and other creative practitioners who want to critically advance their practice; and professionals from urban design, urban policy and research backgrounds who want to broaden their discourse an.d international network.
  • Course structure: MA Cities is delivered through a combination of intensive learning sprints and self-directed study. Each sprint will deliver core knowledge and research into urban policy and governance; cultural infrastructure and creative citizenship; and the urban economy.

Information for international students

Applicants must have an English language proficiency of IELTS 7 and a minimum score of 6.0 in all papers (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,500 per year (Part time); £1,225 per 20 credit unit (Flexible mode)
International students
£10,355 per year (Part time); £2,300 per 20 credit unit (Flexible mode)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 7023