University of Westminster

Course Introduction

In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. These courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities. The pace of urban change, and the challenge of making cities efficient, sustainable and meaningful, demands creative solutions to design and management. This course provides a coherent approach to issues that face our cities, combining structured academic study with live design projects, allowing you to develop practical skills, a theoretical understanding and an informed approach to sustainable urban development. 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. 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.

Course Additional Entry

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 1st language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate)
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)