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Urban Design and Planning MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Urban Engineering Urban Studies Planning: General

Course type


Course Summary

The MA Urban Design and Planning focuses on urban design as part of town planning and equips students with a comprehensive understanding of urban design, planning and development issues. The programme provides an inter-disciplinary approach to urban design, helping students to develop the knowledge and skills required to engage with the complex issues facing our cities and to increase their employability in the expanding profession of urban design and in the related fields of planning and development. Through working at different scales of the city and engaging with theoretical debates, students will gain a critical understanding of the characteristics of good places and will be equipped to make a decisive contribution to shaping those places in the decades ahead. The programme is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The Royal Institution sof Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will consider the accreditation of this programme at the next Partnership Board. The MA UDP will provide students with specialist expertise in urban design, allowing them to study this discipline within the broader frameworks of town planning and property development. This will allow them to develop a broad range of skills which will be attractive for urban design, planning and property development employers; architectural practices dealing with master planning, government organisations and research institutions are other possible employers. Graduates have used urban design on the planning courses at LSBU to focus on the relationship between planning and design. A number of our graduates now hold key posts in urban design in private consultancies or public authorities. LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

Different course options

Full time | Southwark Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module focuses on the future of an area of London that has undergone radical change in recent years and is the subject of complex and intense pressures for development. The module will ask students to analyse the area and then to prepare, visualise and justify their ideas for the future of this area. The underlying theme to the module is the belief that planners must be able to visualise possible futures for sites in such a way that is positive and imaginative and can guide and stimulate the ideas of others who might implement them. The module will incorporate the teaching of some relevant computer-aided design skills.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will be required to have a minimum of a lower second (2:2) Bachelor’s Degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

University information

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a cosmopolitan university with over 15,000 students, from over 130 countries – and a global alumni network of over 80,000. LSBU is one of London’s oldest universities; since 1892 the University has focused on providing professional opportunity for all who can benefit. The University has strong links with business and employers in the private and public sectors, which feed into courses and help students...more

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