London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

Associated with the research group Cass Cities, this Spatial Planning and Urban Design MA embeds you amongst the city'focused researchers of The Cass. Architecture, urban design and planning subjects are explored while you're introduced to a live site in London at the forefront of urban change. Resources and connections across the city are here to help support you throughout your studies. In the most recent (2015'16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

**More about this course**

The Spatial Planning and Urban Design MA is associated with Cass Cities, a group of doers, thinkers and researchers at The Cass led by Professor Mark Brearley.

The course combines the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning to help you become effective in all aspects of urban understanding. We'll encourage you to become an architect and architectural designer who understands how to intervene strategically in city'level architecture and planning.

Cass Cities engages in urban research and proposition. Urban change happens when people with ideas, knowledge and experience work in creative ways to transform cities. This happens through designing buildings, engaging with local communities, developing masterplans, re'thinking public transport networks and informing policy change.

We'll nurture your ability to form architectural propositions and develop a strong spatial judgement, but we'll also emphasise that there is much more to city processes than building design.

You'll work in the Cass Cities Unit alongside postgraduate architects, and every year we choose live and significant sites which are at the forefront of urban change, with a strong focus on London. There will be work on these live projects as well as the attendance of meetings on relevant topics and access to influential decision'makers in London. These resources and connections will help you direct your work in professional, practical and influential ways.

The projects produced in the unit are concerned with the shaping of both buildings and places. You'll participate in contemporary debates in all forms as a proposer, responder and observer.

Get a taste of things to come by watching this video of Professor Mark Brearley talking about the MA.

The course can lead to a further MA by Project or PhD research opportunities.

**What our students say**

"This course has allowed me to speculate on the larger issues that have huge affects on our built environment. It works on many different levels–zooming out to a global scale and then in on the details that surround our daily lives. Rather than concentrating our efforts into a single edifice, we are asked to question the space between what exists, propose how this could be improved or simply recognised, and provide ways new developments can fit into and connect with these existing matrices."

"This course opens your eyes to the whole world of decision making which happens before architecture and has a much wider scope to influence people and their way of life than a single building."

Course Modules

Core modules include:

Planning and Urban Theory

Planning and Urban Practice

Sustainable Communities and Governance of Place

Economics of Place

Urban Design

Research for Spatial Planning

Urban Design

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £12,285 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £15,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £1,365 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £1,710 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You will be required to have an upper second class honours degree in architecture, spatial planning or landscape architecture, but relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered. You're required to demonstrate your design talent through the presentation of a portfolio.