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This course aims to prepare you for creative roles in the context of landscape and urbanism design practice and research. Read more
This course aims to prepare you for creative roles in the context of landscape and urbanism design practice and research. Our London location, local and European networks and an international perspective provide the focus for contemporary landscape and urbanism projects, including green and water infrastructures, resilient and adaptive city strategies and the detailed design of places for people.

Key features
-The course provides an innovative design education, with opportunities to participate in live projects such as European and local consultancy within the Landscape Interface Studio.
-Study visits, international workshops, external lectures, live projects, and visits to London shows, museums and institutions allow you to develop experience and knowledge to support your individual career ambitions.

What will you study?

Design projects reflect opportunities and challenges of contemporary landscape urbanism, at global and local scales. Themes include public realm, green and blue infrastructures, wellbeing, growth and transformation through time, climate change, biodiversity, city and identity, and zones of transition. Modules in research and theory support critical reflection, while study of materials and techniques supports appropriate technical knowledge and inquiry.

Workshops include: communication, learning through making, observation, mapping and consultation, building information modelling (BIM).

The course offers interdisciplinary postgraduate learning.

Assessment

Design projects and portfolio, landscape and urbanism manifesto, and an individual design research project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules
-Landscape & Urbanism Design Portfolio 01
-Landscape and Urbanism Design Portfolio 02
-Landscape & Urbanism Theory, Research and Representation
-Landscape & Urbanism Professional Practice, Process & Making
-Masters Project

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What is the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning about? . Read more

What is the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning about? 

The Master of Science in Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) is a four-semester academic degree offered within the Faculty of Engineering Science by the Department of Architecture. The programme interacts with research conducted by the research groups active in the department.

The MaUSP programme is part of the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU), and students can apply to attend one or two semesters abroad at one of the partner universities - UPC Barcelona, TU Delft or IUAV Venezia - to obtain the additional European Postgraduate Master of Urbanism.

The joint EMU programme is a collaborative effort bringing together the best components of existing curricula, creating new courses and offering a top-ranking professional degree by combining the specificity and strengths of the participating universities. The consortium functions as a platform for promoting an exchange of knowledge, ideas, and research projects on current urban trends in Europe and the world.

Courses are organised according to the following set up:

  • Core courses
  • Design studios
  • Optional courses
  • Final design thesis

Design studios form the heart of the programme, a status reflected in their credit load. They are organised as two full days of work on Mondays and Tuesdays to provide an intensive and immersive working environment, as occurs in most professional practices. They also are courses where a balance between teamwork and individual contribution is developed, since students are subdivided in small but varied groups from inception.

Depending on the track students choose (urbanism or planning), certain optional courses become compulsory. 

Spotlight

  • Guest lectures and seminars form an important part of the programme. Most are compulsory. The programme benefits from the department’s worldwide contacts in the field of human settlements and urbanism. Professionals involved in teaching, design, and consultancy activities from different comers of the world reflect the international character of the MaUSP curriculum.
  • Study trips to various destinations are organised throughout the academic year. You will be able to see and experience the area studied and will have the unique opportunity to link your theoretical knowledge to daily practice and fieldwork. The trips include visits to sites, lectures by local experts, as well as a range of assignments. Recent study trips in Europe have been made to France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. Furthermore, one-day visits within Belgium are organised to support courses and provide an understanding of local current trends in urban transformations. As a key feature of the programme, a study trip and studio-related fieldwork sessions are offered in a non-Western context. You will be given the opportunity to travel to the non-European studio context for fieldwork and visits to best practices sites and other relevant sites for about two weeks.
  • Annual design workshops (EMU) are a compulsory and crucial activity offered by KU Leuven and the other three partner universities (IUAV Venice, UPC Barcelona and TU Delft). This weeklong exchange of ideas and exposure to four different school approaches intensifies and broadens the programme’s purpose. To date, students have had the opportunity to undertake design investigations in Conegliano (Italy), in the area of Pra dei Gai and the area around Venice.
  • Unique position within the educational landscape of Belgium and internationally, since MaUSP is the only English-language programme in the field of Urbanism and Strategic Planning in Flanders.
  • MaUSP continues to provide high-level education for candidates aspiring to positions as urban planners in Flanders, regardless of its international orientation.
  • Strong research-by-design basis, with an emphasis on space as a resource (in urban transformations) and as a medium of integration, hence the role of planning and design.
  • Diversity of incoming students, both in terms of geographic origin, and in terms of professional/educational backgrounds.
  • Strong network of alumni and a sound reputation despite its young age, which fosters an active system of collaborations supporting the selection of design studio topics, Master’s thesis topics, etc. (examples: T.OP Limburg; Leidal; T.OP Noord Rand; UN-Habitat; etc.).
  • Quality and quantity of visiting faculties and international speakers as a part of lecture series, studio jury's and showcase events such as World Urbanisms.
  • Synergy MaHS – MaUSP – EMU.
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g. European Module Spatial Development Planning, etc.). 

Career perspectives

 After successfully completing the programme, you will have acquired a thorough knowledge of urbanisation in different contexts. You will have learned to work on various scale levels, with an understanding of the interferences between scales. You will be able to conduct a critical analysis of spatial phenomena in relation to the social and economic forces driving them. Building upon such analysis, you can design strategic interventions that are politically and economically feasible, and that have a structural impact. You will have developed excellent communication skills, visually as well as textually, and you will be able to function in a research environment.

Graduates will be able to provide professional architectural and/or urban design experience to design offices, consultancy firms, or work as public servants. Urbanism is closely related to current and rapid social transformation and there is a continual need for professionals capable of elaborating new interpretations, strategies and designs in response to emerging trends. MaUSP graduates are highly valued in urban design offices, consultancy firms for urban development and management, real estate agencies that develop public-private partnerships and the public sector.



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The MSc in Sustainable Urbanism has been designed to bring together urban sustainability theory, policy and design in a ground-breaking programme which is not offered anywhere else in the UK. Read more

The MSc in Sustainable Urbanism has been designed to bring together urban sustainability theory, policy and design in a ground-breaking programme which is not offered anywhere else in the UK. It is intended for those interested in a career in built environment related professions with a focus on urban sustainability/sustainable development and takes a multidisciplinary approach.

About this degree

This MSc offers urban professionals a theoretical understanding of the range of disciplines that together contribute to the delivery of sustainable urbanism, and explores the conceptual and technical skills necessary to create sustainable urban environments. The programme includes an integral field trip which offers students the opportunity to observe and consider sustainability in practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core modules

  • Sustainable Urban Development: Key Themes
  • Critical Debates in Sustainable Urbanism
  • Urban Design: Place Making
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Sustainable Property: Valuation, Investment, Development
  • Sustainable Urban Development: Project

Optional modules

Options may include the following:

  • Urban Economics and Politics
  • Transport Policy and Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Cities and the Environment
  • The Representation of Cities
  • Students seeking RTPI accreditation must take the following as their elective choices:
  • Planning Practice
  • Plus either Spatial Planning (Concepts and Contexts) orComparative Planning Systems and Cultures

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a dissertation of 10,000-words or project work equivalent.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through theoretical discussions, focused case study methods and hands-on project work. It includes an integral field trip to an overseas location, including site visits, field exercises and guest lectures. Assessment is through individual and group work, essays, examination, skills-based practical work, and the personal project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Sustainable Urbanism MSc

Careers

Graduate students from The Bartlett School of Planning have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers around the world. While a main source of employment remains in local government and central government planning and in planning-related consultancy (Arup, Aecom, BioRegional, WWF, Future of London, etc), graduates are also employed in the housing and transport sectors; planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies; public and private utility companies; urban design consultancy (various planning, engineering and architecture firms); and teaching and research.

Employability

This programme is ideal for those who have no relevant work experience and want to forge a planning career right through to those who have extensive relevant work experience but want to consolidate their skills and knowledge. Students are taught by a range of theorists and sustainable urbanism practitioners including Bill Dunster (founder of ZEDfactory Ltd), Professor Yvonne Rydin, Dr Catalina Turcu and Professor Matthew Carmona.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research, and has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for almost 100 years. It is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, and students are taught by a range of top theorists and practitioners working in the field of sustainable urbanism.

This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) if taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year undergraduate planning degree.



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Lecture based theoretical urban design module, providing students with an advanced introduction to the history and theory of urban form leading up to the contemporary paradigms in urbanism, with a specific emphasis on urban morphology and the fields of knowledge pertinent to the students design investigation and current project work in the studios. Read more
Lecture based theoretical urban design module, providing students with an advanced introduction to the history and theory of urban form leading up to the contemporary paradigms in urbanism, with a specific emphasis on urban morphology and the fields of knowledge pertinent to the students design investigation and current project work in the studios. Selected exemplary design approaches will be examined through lectures, readings, and seminars including historical paradigmatic change in urban form and design. This course is organized as an advanced seminar facilitating information exchange and discussions. It will focus on the thought, principles and places that have shaped the history, theory and practice of urban design and physical planning. Examples will illustrate how urban form is shaped by both strong blueprint planning/design interventions and incremental historicaal and morphological evolutions. The course will highlight fundamentals of shaping and composing cities and the main elements of urbanism - the neighborhood, the block, the square, the street and the building. The course also reviews the contemporary ideals in urban planning and design - current paradigms in urbanism.

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The MSc Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism encourages students to develop advanced and speculative approaches to the design of cities, landscape and territories. Read more

The MSc Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism encourages students to develop advanced and speculative approaches to the design of cities, landscape and territories. It promotes strong design methods and the integration of new and innovative technologies to address the challenges facing contemporary cities, such as urban growth, climate change, globalisation and social inequality. The programme is designed for students of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and related disciplines, who wish to enhance their academic, intellectual and professional skills.

The programme interrogates the growing influence of landscape on urban, social and ecological processes. It provides a platform from which to address the conditions of contemporary urbanism, such as extreme environmental events, shifting economic agendas, new forms of public space and the transformations to urban infrastructures. And it employs advanced design techniques and innovative methodologies to develop speculative designs, strategies and interventions.

The programme centres on the design studio, where students are introduced to innovative approaches in landscape architecture and encouraged to develop design speculations for future landscapes and cities. Visits to London's art galleries (such as Tate Modern, ICA), museums (such as British Museum) and important landscapes (such as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Kew Gardens, Royal Park Greenwich) are part of the degree. Students are encouraged to attend field-study courses abroad (recently to New York and Istanbul) which inform their design projects.

International lectures are hosted in the department, recently including Alberto Perez-Gomez, James Corner (Field Operations), Will Alsop (All Design), Charles Jencks, Martin Rein-Cano (Topotek 1), Hanif Kara and Kathryn Gustafson (GP+B). Details of international events, open lectures and examples of student portfolios can be found on the collective blog written by the landscape architecture and urbanism staff and students, The Landscape 

The programme is based in the Department of Architecture and Landscape in a new state of the art building designed. It is equipped with fourteen green roofs, aquaponics lab, digital workshops, model workshop, photography suite, film studios and animation suites. The building also includes extensive design studios, a world-class library and two gallery spaces. The building is located in the heart of Greenwich, the newest addition to a suite of magnificent buildings that occupy the UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the Greenwich Prime Meridian.

This programme is designed for those aiming to develop advanced design skills, for use in landscape, architecture and urban design practice, and for those aiming to enhance their academic skills and/or go on to doctoral study.

Assessment

Students are assessed through coursework, thesis and design portfolio.

Careers

This programme is designed for applicants aiming to develop advanced design skills, for use in landscape,architecture and urban design practice, and for individuals aiming to enhance their academic skills and/or go on to doctoral study.



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This one-year Master’s programme is aimed at graduates from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and city planning who are specifically concerned with design issues of the public realm and the effects these have on social life and human behaviour. Read more
This one-year Master’s programme is aimed at graduates from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and city planning who are specifically concerned with design issues of the public realm and the effects these have on social life and human behaviour. Our focus is to deepen theoretical and design knowledge, changing the mindset of professionals regarding the importance and value of the public realm in the design of our cities.

The rationale behind Urbanism Studies is for professionals to understand and work in interdisciplinary design and planning teams, coupled with the growing desire for cities to establish different, new forms of urban living. As the goal of this programme is to move design thinking from objects to places, our core Urban Studios differ from traditional studios in several ways.

Our approach involves in-depth explorations of urban design issues by combining five topic-based modules situated within the three studio courses. Ongoing seminar reading series and urban film studies are included in the studios. The integrated final project builds upon the previous three studios, leading to a thesis portfolio that reflects the main achievements and thinking of each student as an outcome and product of their intense, focused learning throughout the year.

Furthermore, students are offered the opportunity to collaborate with some of the leading Built Environment (Urbanism) programmes in the world: ETH Zürich, CED at UC Berkeley, UCL Bartlett in London and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. This affords students fantastic global collaborative opportunities on a wide range of real world cases. Urbanism Studies is externally supported and financed by Ax:son Johnson Foundation, as well as by KTH – Royal Institute of Technology.

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MA Architecture and Urbanism allows you to study, and conduct in-depth research into, the influence of global cultural and economic forces on contemporary cities. Read more

MA Architecture and Urbanism allows you to study, and conduct in-depth research into, the influence of global cultural and economic forces on contemporary cities.

Throughout the course, you will explore the design, functioning and future of urban situations in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

The course is therefore perfect preparation for careers in roles associated with the development of sustainable urban spaces. What's more, in certain circumstances, this course can be approved as prior learning for the MSA Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 accredited MArch Architecture.

This course is jointly accredited by The University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), with cross-disciplinary connections between UoM's School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), and MMU's Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design. You will therefore benefit from the input of two leading institutions in architecture teaching and research.

Find out more at the MSA website .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 



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An intensive design studio introducing students to a glocal issues focusing on complex elements of the public realm with attention to the urban fabric as a generator of social life in public places; the program modules (2 and 3) will provide the basis for the content that is needed to accomplish this studio. Read more
An intensive design studio introducing students to a glocal issues focusing on complex elements of the public realm with attention to the urban fabric as a generator of social life in public places; the program modules (2 and 3) will provide the basis for the content that is needed to accomplish this studio. Students work in small groups/gilds to produce an urban design project with a specific proposal to a selected urban issue addressing a complex reality, social, economic, environmental, or cultural. The context and the project task is “glocal”, i.e. Swedish or -and, European based but at the same time addressing similar problems and challenges globally. The project advances the idea of learning from history of urban form and creating contemporary urbanism that is of "cityism" - city like qualities and character, dynamic and kinetic, of a livable community feel and democratically inclusive place, and of high urbanity where the public realm, squares, streets, quarters and public life play a pivotal role in shaping and composing the spatial form.

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The MA in Architecture and Urbanism builds upon UEL legacy of world-leading form generation through computational design explored through the work of the university’s late senior lecturer, Paul Coates. Read more

The MA in Architecture and Urbanism builds upon UEL legacy of world-leading form generation through computational design explored through the work of the university’s late senior lecturer, Paul Coates. This involves using parametric and object-oriented design methodologies seamlessly with rapid manufacturing and visualization techniques available within the school.

Whether you want to expand your field of expertise, or deepen it, this unique one-year course will enrich your knowledge and enhance your career in the fields of Advanced Architectural, Urban Design and Digital Fabrication. The course is aimed at architecture graduates wishing to specialize in advanced digital design processes, and at those within the ‘built environment’ – such as planners, psychologists, quantity surveyors or designers

Along the course Advanced Architectural Design, Parametric Urban Design, Digital Manufacturing will be developed across the year following a common digital platform which simulates the state of the art of design processes in contemporary architectural practices. The goal is experimenting new possibilities for architectural spaces and cities connecting the design to advanced fabrication techniques and sustainable strategies in order to generate a research leading to a secure impact in the industry.

Download our yearbook to view examples of our students' work.



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Associated with the research group Cass Cities, this Spatial Planning and Urban Design MA embeds you amongst the city-focused researchers of The Cass. Read more
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 (2014-15) 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkCHzBzQOcs

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

Assessment is through a range of methods, including written coursework submissions and design portfolio presentation.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Design Thesis (core, 60 credits)
-Economics of Place (core, 20 credits)
-Planning and Urban Practice (core, 20 credits)
-Planning and Urban Theory (core, 20 credits)
-Research for Spatial Planning and Specialism (core, 20 credits)
-Sustainable Communities and Governance of Place (core, 20 credits)
-Urban Design (core, 20 credits)

After the course

The course is designed for practicing planners and architects wishing to specialise in urban design, as well as urban design practitioners who require knowledge of spatial planning. It is also suitable for graduates with relevant degrees who wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in planning or urban design. Graduates of this course have gone on to become urban designers and freelance consultants.

If you are a student who has already obtained a relevant London Met first degree, especially in architecture, and wish to progress into the above professions, then we recommend you consider this MA course. Even if you come from a background that does generally do not progress into spatial planning or urban design positions, this course will be of advantage to you in your career.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. Read more
A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Features and benefits of the course

-This course is jointly accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) with cross-disciplinary connections between the Manchester School of Architecture, the School of Environment and Development (UoM) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU).
-This is an internationally based course that actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications.

About the Course

Through this course you will begin to engage directly with a chosen research subject area, gather data and formulate an original approach in your practice. You will synthesise your project culminating in the production of a leading-edge proposition until you present and contextualise your thesis. This internationally based course actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publication.

This course can be considered as partially meeting the requirements for recognition at Part 2 level (RIBA/ARB) through APEL provisions applied to individual graduates. The course is jointly accredited with the University of Manchester.

Assessment details

Self, peer and tutor-based assessment methods.

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This course, accredited by the Landscape Institute, provides an innovative design education involving opportunities such as participation in European and local consultancy within our Landscape Interface Studio. Read more
This course, accredited by the Landscape Institute, provides an innovative design education involving opportunities such as participation in European and local consultancy within our Landscape Interface Studio. All staff are ambitious and creative design practitioners and researchers. Our London location, local and European networks and international perspective provide the focus for contemporary design projects that address immediate and long-term landscape solutions in cities and their regions.

Key features
-Study visits, international workshops, external lectures, live projects, and London industry links, resources and institutions support a vibrant learning trajectory for your landscape architecture career ambitions.
-Working in the shared studio with MA Landscape & Urbanism and MLA students involves interdisciplinary collaboration and prepares students for co-disciplinary practice.

What will you study?

All design projects are developed as part of a personal portfolio that can be immediately useful in targeting employment. Design projects may include live competition briefs. Projects reflect critical challenges and potentials of contemporary landscape practice and the research and practice expertise of the teaching team, including water, places and people; community consultation in the public realm; time, transformation and experience; urbanism and professional practice. The modules may involve client contact, model making, mapping, drawing and digital media workshops. Critical thinking and expression is supported by the Landscape and Urbanism Theory module.

There is special commitment to processes of transformation and their communication, with an emphasis on learning through making in the Faculty's 3D workshop and on hand-drawing techniques to complement digital media presentation.

Assessment

Design projects and portfolio, professional practice project management report and practice review, seminar presentations, literature review, and landscape and urbanism manifesto.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules
-Landscape Architecture Design Portfolio
-Professional Practice Process and Making
-Landscape & Urbanism Theory, Research and Representation
-Research Techniques

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The Master of Architecture (MArch) course focuses on design innovation and current theories of architecture and urbanism to challenge your thinking and prepare you for practice. Read more
The Master of Architecture (MArch) course focuses on design innovation and current theories of architecture and urbanism to challenge your thinking and prepare you for practice. The studios, workshops and CAD suites at UCLan are among the UK’s best and you will receive regular one-to-one tutorial support from a team who are leading thinkers and practitioners in their field. In addition, opportunities for international study and lively discussion with a variety of visiting speakers will enrich your experience and inspire your creativity.

The MArch course provides progression for Part 1 Architecture graduates to a Part 2 course (which is a requirement for professional membership).

INDUSTRY LINKS

The course has excellent links with the ARB, RIBA and local practices throughout the North West region of the UK, and the UK more generally.

Our Associate Year Out programme currently has a number of students currently employed by both Architecture and Design practices across the country.

The Architectural Studies Unit at UCLan have an Advisory Board composed of experts from industry and lay people who are informing the development and fine-tuning of our courses to ensure our graduates are employable and sought after in the market. The Professional Studies module also allows students to strengthen their knowledge of the architect’s role in the process of building via frequent interaction with architectural practitioners in the classroom, in the office and on site.

We also invite local practitioners to attend our regular design reviews or to be guest speakers.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The Master of Architecture at UCLan is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) leading to Part 2 recognition, which allows you to proceed on a path to become a registered architect and ARB member.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The MArch course builds on knowledge acquired in undergraduate courses, yet it establishes a clear distinction between Part 1 and 2 levels by enabling students to progress their design work and critical thinking skills further to position themselves within contemporary architecture discourse. The course is informed by a dynamic and challenging regional need, specifically in areas such as urban and rural contextual issues, food production, regeneration, post-industrial landscapes, heritage protection, and sustainable urbanism.

In Year 1, this is achieved through a series of guided complex urban and rural design projects, which consider the professional context and technological strategies early in design process to derive creative solutions to the challenges of sustainability in architecture and urbanism.

Theoretical modules such as Critical and Cultural Contexts, Innovation and Realisation, Research Methods, and Professional Studies allow students to expand and deepen their critical understanding of architecture, its context and practice.

The final year modules - research methods, dissertation and design thesis - offer a platform for students to apply and celebrate the culmination of their acquired knowledge and skills via their selected design thesis project, developing independence and preparing for practice. Each module must be passed to achieve the final award, though modules are weighted to allow you to focus on design, discourse and production.

These curriculum themes focus on regional challenges, but are inspired by study of international solutions and emerging global concepts and strategies for future urbanism in a climate of change. Students will have the opportunity to travel to Europe and beyond to visit practices, sites and buildings in order to enhance their learning. The School is also in the process of establishing academic and exchange links for Architecture through the ERASMUS programme.

The School has established, and continues to support, collaborative projects with local schools, practices and architectural societies such as the North Lancashire Society of Architects (NLSA).

Issues in architectural and urban design practice are also explored extensively through dialogue with an array of multidisciplinary practitioners via the Associate Year Out programme, interdisciplinary design collaboration and live design projects. By maintaining and strengthening our links with renowned architectural practices, the course gears students towards a focus on employment and industry needs as stipulated by professional bodies, and in line with the University’s mission to maximise student employability.

Our courses are popular with overseas students and benefit from one of the most diverse and active student communities. This is matched by an equally diverse tutor team from across the globe whose teaching and research interests reflect a wide-ranging professional and academic agenda.

The University has, and continues to commit high levels of investment in its architecture courses. The level of teaching support is enviable with staff to student ratios unparalleled in the UK. Preston is the home town of the innovative Building Design Partnership (founded by George Grenfell Baines) who built Preston Bus Station, one of the most important modern buildings in Britain. But it is our students who are our greatest asset. We look forward to welcoming you.

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The objective of this course is to provide an advanced colloquium dicussion forum that will reconnect to the major issues in the program with a unique focus on the continuously changing nature of cities and metropolitan regions. Read more
The objective of this course is to provide an advanced colloquium dicussion forum that will reconnect to the major issues in the program with a unique focus on the continuously changing nature of cities and metropolitan regions. Through a number of selected theme seminars the course integrates key issues in urbanism through a fresh theoretical and discourse approach emphasizing the importance of urban space to social life and real estate to the economy and urban development to politics of space and democracy. The students will be expected to present advanced short essays, discuss, debate and argue for their unique viewpoints. Presentations of different themes will be done by KTH faculty and International guests, coupled together with class discussions, will contextualize urbanism today and its range of opportunities and potentials. This higher seminar requires active engagement in discussions and well written essay assignment. The course offers a summary and closing of advanced studies in urbanism.

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Our MA Urban Design programme is jointly delivered by the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Geography and Planning. The goal of this programme is to enable practitioners and scholars to transform the field of urban design through critical thinking and creative practice. Read more
Our MA Urban Design programme is jointly delivered by the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Geography and Planning. The goal of this programme is to enable practitioners and scholars to transform the field of urban design through critical thinking and creative practice.

Urban design is transdisciplinary, straddling professional fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and public policy, and also disciplines such as politics, economics, sociology and cultural studies. The programme fully embraces this transdisciplinarity through the theory, research training and design teaching it offers.

You will learn from academic staff from both schools who are highly accomplished and locally engaged in Cardiff, nationally in the UK, and internationally across the world. In the context of the design studios, you will also be able to benefit from the input and expertise of leading practitioners.

Studio teaching focuses on developing critically informed as well as creative and practical proposals for real sites, addressing important contemporary issues of design and urbanism

Distinctive features

• Learn from academics in two Schools which are ranked among the top 50 in the world.

• The course is taught via lectures, workshops and design studios, by staff drawn from both the architecture and planning schools, who are leading experts in their fields. Design Tutors include leading practitioners who bring their experience of cutting edge practice to the core of design studio work.

• The course is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a 'specialist' masters for those who have completed at least a three-year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree, allowing completion of the RTPI's educational requirements for membership. For further details visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website.

• Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.

Structure

This is a one-year full-time degree.

The course is structured to provide a set of three lecture-based modules and three studio-based design modules, followed by a dissertation in the form of a research-based design project. The three lecture-based modules run in parallel with studio-based design projects which enable you to continually relate theory and practice.

Your research-based design project represents the culmination of your studies. You will be required to develop proposals relating to a chosen site, demonstrating an understanding of all aspects of urban design drawings and a written, reflective commentary.

You will have between 2-3 days of contact time each week, working between the design studio and your module lectures/seminars.

Core modules:

Urban Design Thinkers
Urban Design Foundation
Research Methods and Techniques
Development Management
Autumn Studio
Spring Studio
Research Based Design Project

Teaching

Teaching takes place in new light-filled studio spaces in the centre of the City. You will also have access to the latest modelling and workshop facilities in the Architecture School.

This MA is taught via lectures, workshops and design studios, by lecturers who are all experts in their fields – in geography, urban planning, urbanism, urban design and architecture. The design tutors also include leading practitioners who bring their experience of cutting-edge practice to the core of design studio work.

Studio teaching focuses on developing critically informed as well as creative and practical proposals for real sites, addressing important contemporary issues of design and urbanism.

Assessment

Non-design modules provide the foundations for developing understandings of urban design. These are assessed through:

• Essays
• Reports
• Presentations

Most of these provide the opportunities for summative assessment. However, tutorials, and a number of essays provide the opportunities for formative assessment.

Summative assessment is conducted at the end of each module. Formative assessment elements include design reviews, usually one or two per design module, and weekly tutorials also provide an opportunity for this.

Other forms of assessment include:

• Drawings
• Sketchbooks
• Viva voce examination of the dissertation
• Reports

Career Prospects

Graduates move onto careers as urban designers, or in urban design related work. Most of these careers are to be found within the wider areas of architecture, urban planning, property or public policy. These may be within the public, private or voluntary sectors. Some of our graduates continue to higher research degrees.

Guidance and mentoring on careers are provided during the year.

Fieldwork

As part of your studies you will take a field study visit within a UK city or a city in mainland Europe, which is fully funded within the advertised fees.

Study visits are an intrinsic part of this programme. Where your experience during the visits inform assessed assignments in required core modules, the visits are compulsory.

These field study visits are compulsory since experiences of urban design ‘in the field’ are required for completing some assignments. However, modified versions of the field trips may be allowed at the discretion of the Course Director.

The trip will require you to move around the city and make observations and presentations during these journeys. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with disabilities. It is advisable to speak to the Course Director about the possibility of adjustments before enrolling.

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