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Our Urban Design MA brings together theory and design practice to develop your urban design skills.
Urban Design applies to worldwide locations facing contemporary global issues. It combines the form production processes of place and socio-economic drivers that shape the urban realm. And links theory, practice and the urban experience.
You'll be part of an international cohort of students from planning, architecture, landscape architecture and other backgrounds. You will work in design studios with support from professional practitioners and research tutors.
The urban design skills you develop apply to a spectrum of locations and issues and you will be able to create liveable places for tomorrow. You'll also engage with contemporary and future urban issues such as:
- intensification and population growth
- climate change
- cultural design context
- biodiversity and landscape urbanism
- affordable housing
- urban public realm in the digital age.
On graduating you will be employable in professions in a range of fields related to the growth and liveability of cities.
How to apply
We advise applying in advance to secure places, and allow sufficient time for applications to be reviewed.
There is no formal application deadline (recruitment closes when teaching capacity is reached).
Applicants should also factor any time needed to meet offer conditions, arrange accommodation, and obtain a UK Student visa (if applicable).
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
The course's teaching and learning methods are chosen to help develop the student’s capacities as a reflective practitioner. As a result, they are concerned with both the practice of urban design and the processes of reflection on this. We believe that the practice of urban design is best learned through project work and this forms the central emphasis of our teaching and learning strategy. Through live projects you will study design sites from across the world, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to learn how processes operate in practice across a variety of contexts.
You’ll develop tools for understanding and critique through lectures, seminars and workshops, and through the writing of papers that are designed to develop your ability to construct reasoned and critical arguments about complex urban design topics.
Our teaching staff provide support for student research. They are actively involved in the following areas of research:
- Visual texture and visual quality
- Urban morphology for critical analysis and design
- Digital media and the teaching and learning of urban design
- Urban Disaster Resilience
- Town Centre Management and Regeneration
- Urban intensification in the developing world
- Urban visions and policy mobility in Africa
- Live projects, urban labs and the enhancement of student learning experiences for UD and planning
- Plot-based urbanism and regeneration
- Landscape urbanism, biodiversity and the extinction of experience.
For more information visit Land Design and Development (LDD)
After you graduate
Our graduates have very high success rates in gaining employment and have secured posts in the public sector, private consultancy, the voluntary sector, and research and teaching areas.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.