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Urban Planning and Design


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What is Urban Planning and Design MSc?

This course caters for those seeking to accept the challenges of managing rapid urban growth, while addressing the fundamental requirements of sustainability and of ethical and professional responsibilities.

The course promotes an integrated understanding of processes of spatial change in the built and natural environments and of the ways in which and reasons why societies manage and regulate those changes. The course aims to promote critical thinking about ‘space’ and ‘place’ as the basis for action or intervention in order to secure an agreed range of social, economic and environmental objectives.

Although the programme design doesn’t explicitly assume any specific prior learning, it would be particularly suited to those who have previously studied surveying, architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering or urban studies. Or for graduates from cognate social or environmental science disciplines, such as geography, economics or environmental studies.

Study style

  • Learning takes place in a design and planning studio through lectures, tutorials, specialist IT workshops, collaborative group and individual projects, visiting expert lectures and student-led research.
  • Teaching techniques combine theory, contemporary research and philosophies of urban planning and design with practical orientated design and planning projects. This is to explore master planning of city wide development, resource management, infrastructure projects and the design of places for people.
  • The course utilises built environment principles, together with a focus on digital transformation technologies, innovation, creativity, personal development, expression, professionalism and sustainability.
  • Course assessment will be through group and individual coursework projects, project reviews, individual written reports, presentations and a dissertation.

Course modules


Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £9,850 £15,300
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Possible careers

This course will provide you with specialist expertise in urban planning and design, allowing you to study this discipline within the broader context of town planning and property development.

Graduates from this course can go on to work in

  • urban and rural planning
  • city regeneration
  • urban design
  • planning and property development employer
  • landscape/architectural practices dealing with master planning
  • infrastructure
  • transport development
  • government organisations
  • local authorities
  • research institutions as employers.

Industry links

All of our existing programmes enjoy the benefit of links with local, national and international practices, business and organisations. Our strong industry links offer awards, intern positions, real-world challenges, guest lectures and employability skills workshops that can help you develop your career.

Collaborate with other courses and students

Learn from and collaborate with other constructed environment disciplines from the start of the course – challenging the preconceived ideas of each discipline, exploring strategies for constructing resilient futures, developing entrepreneurial business ideas and learning to work in multi-disciplinary teams.

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Study a course that challenges you

Our courses embed design, technology and sustainability within the core of the structure – challenging students to be innovative, adaptable and responsible designers within our ‘real site, real client and real issue’ projects, adding value to a client’s proposal.

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Develop the core skills and knowledge for urban planning and design professions

We don’t require previous studies or experience in planning or design, although we do look for a strong interest in these subjects and an intention to seek work after graduating that’s associated with the built environment.

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