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Urban Design (MRes)

Course Description

The Master of Research in Urban Design is designed primarily to enable students to link a programme of substantive research training to the subsequent pursuit of a doctorate.

The course is modular in structure and includes training in urban design and in research methods and methodology.

Research staff are drawn primarily from the Joint Centre for Urban Design and the Department of Planning but with some contributions from the School of Architecture and the Department of Real Estate and Construction, and the wider university community.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/urban-design-mres/

Why choose this course?

- Oxford Brookes is renowned internationally for its research in town and country planning. In REF 2014 69% of our research was rated as either world leading or internationally excellent.

- Staff feed their research directly into the teaching and studio work.

- You will have the opportunity to become involved in research projects of Brookes' Joint Centre for Urban Design.

- Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, and consultancies and research bodies provide external input.

- Site visits will give you direct experience of some of the most important issues in urban design.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with urban design and research, and include lectures, studio sessions, seminars, workshops, practical project work, field trips and research project shadowing.

The course includes site visits that provide students with direct experience of some of the most important issues in urban design.

The majority of assessment is based on coursework, such as essays, seminars, project work, presentations and the dissertation.


Our graduates have very high success rates in gaining employment and have secured posts in the public sector, private consultancy, the voluntary sector, and research and teaching areas.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research areas and clusters

Staff are engaged in world-leading research which feeds directly into the teaching and studio work. Recent topics include:
- place-identity
- heritage led regeneration
- sustainable cities
- place-making
- aesthetic appreciation of buildings, streets and open spaces
- retrofitting cities
- community engagement
- new pedagogy of teaching urban design.

Visit the Urban Design (MRes) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Admission to the course is normally open to candidates who fulfil the following requirements: hold or expect to receive a First Class or 2.1 honours degree in a urban design, planning, architecture, or related subject areas; other accepted graduate qualifications. These include a diploma or masters in urban design, or a related discipline such as geography, planning, architecture or landscape design; in exceptional circumstances an applicant holding qualifications other than those specified above shall be considered on the applicant’s merits; applicants also need to submit a research proposal.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £TBC, Part-time £TBC; International: Full-time £13,460 Part-time £6,730

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