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About the course

Course description

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

We’ll encourage you to critically examine the key urban development challenges that cities are facing today. You’ll explore local urban areas in Sheffield and compare these areas with other UK and international contexts in Europe as well as in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. You'll also investigate the role of designers and citizens in the processes of city making. 

Central to the course is a design studio project, and core modules on urban design theory and practice. You can explore a range of themes through optional modules

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment. Related subjects include: architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or any other discipline that has a relationship to some aspect of spatial design or research.

Your degree doesn't have to be design-based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we'll consider your application.

We'll ask to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities.

English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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Where is University of Sheffield


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Student Profile(s)

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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