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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Architecture (General) Urban Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is a unique and innovative new MA programme that will equip you to address design challenges at the boundaries between smart technologies and urban design and planning. You will gain skills in IoT, smart technologies, open data, 3D fabrication, augmented reality and virtual reality complimented by core teaching in urban design, planning and placemaking. Through a design lab approach, you will develop digital prototyping and place-making projects that respond to the opportunities and needs of digital living, transport, health, mobility, governance and sustainability in a holistic approach to smart urban futures.

Key features: Unique programme in emerging field of smart urban futures; Digital and spatial skillset that synthesises digital and smart programming and urban design and planning skills; Addressing real urban challenges through a design lab approach; Co-design working within multi-disciplinary teams with external partners; Delivering innovation through social responsible approach. Career development and employability integral to the course through partnerships with industry and public sector partners; State of the art equipment including immersive visualisation and fabrication lab.

Different course options

Full time | Plymouth University | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Design Lab I is a creative space to develop ideas and responses as to how to design for smart urban futures. The Module applies urban design approaches to the integration of Big Data, Internet of Things, Physical Computing and AR/VR. Students will address briefs that invite them to design new forms of interaction with cities and digital technologies. They will work with a range of technologies to prototype design solutions that address real-world socio-spatial urban issues, opportunities and challenges. Design Lab adopts a co-design approach where students work with external partners from city planning, industry, tech startups, third sector and community groups on shared outcomes. Design Lab I outcomes will be digital prototyping and place-making projects that respond to the opportunities and needs of Digital Living, Transport, Health, Mobility, Governance and Sustainability in a holistic approach to smart urban futures.

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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent and evidence of a sustained engagement with the field. But we will consider students below 2:1 if they can demonstrate a strong academic portfolio or a record of professional experience.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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