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International Urban Design MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Urban Studies Urban Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

The International Urban Design MSc offers a global perspective that responds to the challenges that 21st century urbanisation presents. The course focuses upon developing a spatial understanding of the underlying principles and current theories needed to understand and respond to (design) the challenges that 21st century urbanisation presents across the globe. It supports you in developing a spatial design skill-set able to respond to the complex array of social, economic and environmental factors affecting cities, as well as to cultural issues, such as spatial traditions and histories of city form and design. Opportunities to attend study trips overseas underpin the learning and form an integral part of key modules. In recent years the School has run many successful overseas study trips to a wide variety of cities in Europe, South and North America Asia and the Global South; the School also benefits from research/ collaboration links to Schools of Architecture overseas.

At the end of the programme students will have developed key skills in articulating, communicating and illustrating complex city analysis and proposal, underpinned by knowledge of theories relevant to current practice and global urban issues. It is anticipated that employment opportunities will arise in city planning offices and consultancy, urban and commercial development consultancy and architectural design offices. Graduates will also be able to join the Urban Design Group as a member and as a recognised practitioner.

This course will prepare and equip you with appropriate skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development. Such skills are in high demand by businesses, governments, multilateral and unilateral organisations contending with issues of environmental sustainability. You could also continue with your postgraduate studies and progress onto a PhD.

Different course options

Full time | Leicester Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module offers students studio-based learning focussed upon a design ?project? or ?challenge?. The ?project? will be devised in response to ?live? context in a UK city, and address issues that resonate with international, topical urban pressures and issues. The module content introduces techniques, methods and skills which are then revisited in the Semester 2 design studio module; it prepares the student for the Semester 2 design studio module.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Studnets should either have: At least an second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Town Planning, Geography, Urban Studies, Engineering Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design or Visual Arts [interview will be required for all candidates with a degree classification below a 2.1], or; At least an upper-second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from the site-based analysis conducted in a first degree: eg. significant practical experience in a design-related field or with significant experience of visual methods in urban research - applicants in this case are judged on the relevance of previous work experience, and on their design or research work. And, depending upon the profile of each candidate, some applicants will be required to submit for consideration as part of their application a portfolio of design work relevant to the program, (10 pages maximum) indicating individual contribution and also group work, including an example of a piece of written work.