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Urban design brings together professionals from a range of backgrounds who share a passion for improving the design of our urban environments. Whether you have studied town planning, geography, fine art, engineering, architecture or landscape design, this course will give you the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment, questioning conventional assumptions about urban design.

You will study the latest methods and design theories relating to urban environments, exploring the development and resolution of projects and focusing on achieving environmental sustainability. We will build your understanding of ecological, management, social and economic principles that contribute to environmental and sustainable development.

You will be encouraged to apply your design skills to live projects. Working with landscape architecture and town planning students, you will address briefs provided by real clients, developing your ability to work as part of a team and making a significant contribution to innovative designs. Previous students have explored the potential for promoting urban agriculture and developing green spaces in collaboration with community groups in Leeds.

This is a flexible studio-based course which will give you the opportunity to work with and learn from students from a range of backgrounds, sharing experiences and building professional networks. It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and will prepare you for professional membership.

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture at Leeds Beckett University.


The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

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Our strong links with industry will provide you with plenty of opportunities to network with practitioners during your course, and we will keep you up to date with job vacancies in private design consultancies, local government agencies and environmental organisations in the UK and overseas. In addition, we will also provide research opportunities working with our academic staff.

  • Urban Designer (Public Sector)
  • Urban Designer (Private Consultancy)
  • Urban Designer (Voluntary Sector)
  • Urban Designer (Research and Teaching)

Core modules

  • Site Analysis Project: Theories & Practices
  • Place-Making Project: Design Challenges & Solutions
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Landscape & Urban Design Studios
  • Reflective Practice
  • Research Methods: Theory & Practice
  • Advanced Urban Design Project

Additional information

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Financing your studies

Useful Links

Visit the Urban Design MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!