The course places a strong emphasis on design, practical outputs and a multidisciplinary approach. While focusing on UK examples, the lessons from the courses are applicable to a wide range of international and economic contexts. This flexible and student-centred approach is highly valued by former graduates and their employers. The course is delivered by staff with many years experience in practice, education, training, research, and consultancy in the UK and overseas. Outputs from the courses combine into a portfolio demonstrating your ability to deal with the complexities of urban design in a practical and informed manner.
Applications are invited from graduates with a good Honours degree in architecture, landscape architecture, town planning or another related discipline, together with practical or professional experience in their own field or in urban design. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.
Our Urban Design programme is one of the largest and longest established in the UK. It enjoys an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly respected in the profession. Our students are from a variety of professions and backgrounds, including architecture, landscape architecture and planning, from the UK, Europe, and across the globe. They range from recent graduates seeking to expand their skill base before commencing their career or those considering a shift from an allied profession, to established professionals seeking to specialise or develop a more informed critical approach. Our central London location allows you to interact with a huge variety of practitioners and organisations, as well as drawing on the city’s huge range of resources; you will be at the heart of the debate over the future of cities.
Urban Design Field Trip
Urban Design and Development Planning Skills
Urbanism and Design
Research Methods and the Built Environment
In addition to the core modules, you will choose two option modules, of which at least one must be a subject-specific option module.
Subject-specific option modules
URBAN DESIGN SUMMER SCHOOL
Other option modules
CONSERVATION POLICY AND PRACTICE
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, ASSESSMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
HOUSING AND REGENERATION
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND ENGAGING COMMUNITIES
PUBLIC REALM: SIGNIFICANCE, DESIGN AND EXPERIENCE
Graduates of this course typically find employment as urban designers in private consultancy or local authorities. Many find the course useful when developing careers in architecture, planning or landscape architecture. The course gives full RTPI accreditation when combined with an RTPI-accredited spatial planning course.
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