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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
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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.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
Your modules in semesters 1 and 2 each include:
- Design Studio
In the summer term you will focus on research by:
- advancing and testing a design studio project
- focusing on your own selected topic or urban issue which can be located in any country or city of choice.
On completion of your Semester 1 modules you will be awarded the PG Certificate (PGCert).
On completion of your Semester 2 modules you will be awarded the PG Diploma (PGDip).
On completion of your dissertation in the summer term you will be awarded the MA in Urban Design.
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 Urban Design at Oxford Brookes.
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.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.