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Sustainable Urban Design MArch

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MArch - Master of Architecture

Subject areas

Urban Engineering Urban Studies Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Our Sustainable Urban Design MArch programme focuses on the design of the public and urban areas. The programme is designed to enable graduates to enhance the quality of cities around the world by bringing innovative design into a new relationship with the latest research.

You will learn about the structure of urban form, the way that cities function, and how people use them in order to create urban places that respond to the major opportunities and challenges facing society.

This programme covers all of the areas required of an urban designer in contemporary practice, including:

  • public and urban design theory and practice
  • urban regeneration
  • sustainable urbanism theory and applications
  • urban policy

You will acquire the knowledge and develop the necessary skills to face the contemporary cultural, historical, social, economic, and environmental challenges in terms of achieving holistic sustainability in those realms.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the MArch Sustainable Urban Design typically go on to work at the interface between urban design and architecture, urban planning, landscape design in architectural or multi-disciplinary practices and design institutes around the world. Many graduates also progress onto PhD study either at Nottingham or other leading universities.


The purpose of this module is to develop advanced architectural and/or urban design skills and awareness through the design of architectural and urban interventions at an appropriate scale and resolution. Students are encouraged to engage with a specific design specialism, to adopt novel approaches to the generation of design concepts, and to develop these in detail in response to the circumstances of both the physical, cultural and intellectual context of the project.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent in an undergraduate course in architecture, urban planning, landscape design, landscape architecture, environmental design, interior design, or a similar subject. This must include design-based modules amounting to 25% to 50% of total credits. Applicants to all MArch programmes are required to submit a portfolio of their design work with their application. The portfolio enables us to see that you have some of the core skills required to be successful on an MArch course and to see the range of skills and types of projects that you have completed in your undergraduate degree.