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Urban Design and Planning MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Urban Engineering Urban Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist programme

To deal with the complex challenges of urban development, planners have to know how to work with other professionals. This course equips you with the skills to produce sensitive plans and creative designs, taking into account the financial and practical issues associated with property development.

This course will develop your skills in urban design, planning and the development of cities.

You'll study the UK urban experience and also rapidly urbanising cities in Asia and Africa. The course draws on leading teaching and research at the University, combining the urban design expertise of the School of Architecture and the international planning expertise of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The course is accredited as a Specialist Planning Programme by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The specialist accredited MA Urban Design and Planning is a 12 month course and jointly delivered with the School of Architecture, and accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a Specialist Planning Programme. This innovative one-year masters will give you a head start for a career in the planning and urban design professions, the course also includes opportunities to learn about development and design issues faced in the Global South. You'll develop knowledge of the factors that shape cities and rural areas, along with research, policy making and design skills, an understanding of the application of research in public policy-making and evaluation, and a deeper knowledge of a selected specialist aspect of planning.

Working across Architecture and Planning allows you to develop a distinctive approach to urban design and development which is ideally suited to the challenge of managing rapid urban growth and change.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Principles of Urban Design - Core
Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development - Core
Either Urban Design in the Global South and International - Core
Development Field Class, or Integrated Project - Core
Research Methods - Core

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

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience). We will consider your application if you have a 2.2 degree but we would expect you to have evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.