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Are you passionate about shaping the cities and neighbourhoods of the future? Look no further than our MA Urban Design programme. Join us in reimagining urban spaces through collaboration with local and global communities. This hands-on, studio-based course will equip you with design skills that address social, environmental, and economic considerations. Dive into core modules on urban design theory and practice, while exploring optional modules that cater to your interests. Engage in study trips, workshops, and real-world projects that tackle the challenges of urban development. With a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a design-related subject or relevant professional experience, you can be part of this exciting journey.

About the course

Collaborate with local and global communities to rethink the way that cities and neighbourhoods are designed in this studio-based course.

Urban design professionals are in high demand. We'll help you to develop design skills that relate to a broader social, environmental and economic context to enable you to link individual architectural projects with overall planning strategies.

Central to the course is the design studio project where you'll work with local communities and study core modules on urban design theory and practice. You'll be able to explore a range of themes through optional modules and you'll take part in study trips and thematic workshops.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a subject related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning.

You should also provide a portfolio which includes a custom assignment.

We will also consider your application if your degree is not design based but you have considerable professional design experience.


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Student Profiles

Nandini Subramanian

The MA in Urban Design course was a refreshing insight into how architecture and urban design can generate positive results in our budding environment and society. The course helped me envision a society where designers work efficiently with other professionals towards a successful functioning society.

As an architect, the general mentality is that the common man has no knowledge of how to run a society and it is through design that they are taught what is right from wrong. The course in Sheffield allowed me to learn that the common man also has a lot to contribute and in many cases his opinions and ideas are better than ours for they are the crux of the functioning society. This insight helped a lot while communicating with students especially in design studios.

Sheffield offered a varied set of electives and wish a dissertation based on two fields, my confidence was built to further my pursuits in what I believed to be a good combination and the best career option for my talent and capability.

Becky Knighton

The MA in Urban Design has given me a good understanding of the context of development, it introduced me to the economical, political, social and environmental landscape which we all live and work in. A key part of my job is working alongside a range of other professionals - from ecologists to drainage engineers and everything in between. Having studied alongside so many different disciplines within the School of Architecture I learnt to appreciate how different roles and specialties come together and co-exist.

I would say studying Urban Design has made me appreciate what’s around me, and the way space is designed has such a big impact on the way it is used. I'm more mindful of public space as more than just a gap between buildings, but somewhere that has so many different uses for so many different people.

Make the most of Sheffield! It’s one of the best cities I've been to, and when it's not on your doorstep I guarantee you'll miss it.

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