Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as: Urban Planning and Design, Architecture, Geography, Economics, Management, Environmental Science, Social and Public Policy. UK: Upper Second Class Honours. China: 1st tier universities: 75% or above; 2nd tier universities: 80% or above. North America: 3.0 cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme. Other regions: Equivalent academic qualifications. IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 language skills. TOEFL iBT: 94 (min 21 listening, 22 reading, 23 speaking, 21 writing).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with an international grounding in urban planning, centred on the theme of urban regeneration.

China is experiencing unprecedented urbanisation in terms of the speed and nature of growth and one the key issues for future practitioners will be how to deal with the challenge of reusing, transforming, and regenerating the existing urban fabrics of China’s megacities in order to achieve a more sustainable model of urbanisation.

You will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary urban problems and possible planning responses. You will be introduced to theories and techniques that will allow you to approach urban planning in a critical, communicative, and people-oriented way and will graduate with a mastery of the techniques and procedural skills necessary for effective work in the planning profession.

The MSc in Urban Planning is suited to students from a range of different backgrounds and is not limited to those who have undertaken an urban planning undergraduate degree. One of the aims of the programme is to offer a multi-disciplinary perspective on the issue of urban regeneration. Staff teaching on the programme offer varying expertise from a range of disciplines including urban planning and design, project management, policy design, and geography. In addition, the scholars offer a variety of international perspectives including those anchored in Western European, East Asian, and North American theoretical debates.

Students who have completed this programme will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of relevant inner city problems and possible planning responses
  • the ability to approach urban planning in a critical, communicative, and people-oriented way
  • mastered techniques and procedural skills necessary for effective work in the planning profession

Core modules

  • Theory and Practice of Urban Regeneration
  • Governance and Finance of Urban Regeneration
  • Politics, Society and Participation
  • Project Management
  • Place Making and Urban Design
  • Heritage, Historic Districts and Conservation
  • Spatial Analysis and Evaluation
  • Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies


This Masters programme provides a solid basis for launching a range of career paths across the world. These include, but are not limited to:

  • urban planning roles
  • policy development roles
  • design roles,
  • advocacy roles working with community groups to enable their meaningful input into built environment decision-making processes
  • working with local and central government
  • working with non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • working in design and planning practices.

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 90,000
International students
RMB 90,000


XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants for September 2015 will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit, and no separate application is required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

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