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Architecture, Cities and Urbanism - MA

Architecture, Cities and Urbanism - MA

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Full time | Aldgate | 1 year | SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Human Geography Urban Studies Architecture (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Why study this course?

Urban design is a growing profession. Join a course that has led to careers in local government, planning, development and regeneration, and expand your career prospects across architecture, design and research.

Our Architecture, Cities and Urbanism MA focuses on problem-based learning in urban contexts. During the course you will work to define urban, social, economic and policy problems. Spatial design will help you both as a research tool to explore possible solutions, and as a container to situate and analyse other types of research knowledge.

More about this course

Whilst based at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass), teaching for this master’s degree is flexible and responsive, taking place in studios, seminars, workshops, presentations, at exhibitions, on walks and through social media and other online communication tools. This range of teaching methods allows tutors to adapt as your needs change throughout the course.

Over the academic year you’ll witness your work evolve and develop as you complete your portfolio-based assessments. Thanks to our atelier system of studios and units, you’ll study alongside architecture students, with a choice of postgraduate units to study in.

The lecturers are contemporary urban practitioners and researchers, and numerous guests and commentators are also invited to participate. As a result you’ll begin to build a network of relevant contacts, all the while keeping up with the latest developments in urban design and planning.

You’ll learn how to use the tools of urban design and urban research with a promotional approach, as a prompt for policy change and as a form of activism, which in turn will help you to effect real change in the specialism you later pursue.

Courses in architecture at London Met have gained a significant reputation for demonstrating a broad expertise in urban matters, as well as in the detail of architecture. Cass Cities, the research group behind this degree, undertakes extensive research activity that will support your study experience.


You will be assessed through a range of coursework, which is split across the following:

case studies
written work (both academic and informal, in order to reflect the skillset required in the professional and activist world of urban change and spatial planning)

After the course

The course would suit you if you are:

a practising planner, architect or other design professional wishing to specialise in urban design
an urban design practitioner who requires knowledge of spatial planning
a graduate with a relevant degree, wishing to obtain a postgraduate qualification in planning and urban design
a student with a relevant London Metropolitan University undergraduate degree, especially an architecture degree, who wishes to progress into one of the above professions
a MArch student hoping to gain a planning qualification in addition to RIBA Part 2.


Planning and Urban Theory
Design Thesis
Economics of Place
Urban Practice
Urban Design and Spatial Planning

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

You will be required to have: a minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) honours degree in architecture, spatial planning, landscape architecture or a related design subject; Mathematics GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent); a design portfolio for presentation; a personal statement articulating academic and professional interests and ambition.

University information

Whether you’re looking to change career direction, improve your job prospects or simply pursue a passion, London Met is an excellent choice for postgraduate study. The University’s graduates are working for organisations including the Bank of England, Google, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the United Nations. London Met is particularly focused on work-related learning and ensuring its students have the knowledge and skills needed for a...more