This programme offers the knowledge and skill for both spatial planning and urban design, and ensures students are exposed to the realities and opportunities of working across every scale in the city.
About the course
The MA in Spatial Planning and Urban Design combines the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and planning.
Urban change happens when people with ideas, knowledge and experience work in creative ways to transform our cities. They operate in a variety of ways and at a variety of scales including designing buildings, engaging with local communities, developing masterplans, re-thinking public transport networks and informing policy change.
This course enables you to be effective in these contexts. The studies and research projects assigned are concerned with the shaping of buildings and places. They enable you to participate as proposers, responders and observers. The course nurtures participants who can contribute architectural proposition and have strong spatial judgement, but it is important to recognise that there is much more to it than design.
You will have the opportunity to work on live projects, and attend meetings on relevant projects, as well as have access to influential situations and decision makers in London. You will have resources and connections across London so you can direct your work in professional, practical and influential ways.
Research opportunities are also available at The Cass.
You can watch a video of Professor Mark Brearley talking about our MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design.
Assessment is through a range of methods, including written coursework submissions and design portfolio presentation.
The teaching on this course is based around a constant flow of conversation between the different disciplines involved in urban change, and is played out in a design studio where knowledge and skills gained from course modules in development economics, sustainable urbanism, planning practice and theory are incorporated within a design project.
The course is taught in collaboration with Design for London, the Mayor of London’s architecture and urbanism unit, providing a unique relationship with the people, places and resources that are influencing the city.
Throughout the year, students gain a variety of insights into the world of planning and urban design through guest lecturers from a wide range of public and private sector organisations, as well as case study reviews, workshops, exhibitions and events, and site visits across London and further afield.
Planning and Urban Theory
Planning and Urban Practice
Sustainable Communities and Governance of Place
Economics of Place
Research for Spatial Planning and Urban Design
What our students say
"This course has allowed me to speculate on the larger issues that have huge affects on our built environment. It works on many different levels zooming out to a global scale and then in to the details that surround our daily lives. Rather than concentrating our efforts into a single edifice, we are asked to question the space between what exists, propose how this could be improved or simply recognised, and provide ways new developments can fit into and connect with these existing matrices."
"This course opens your eyes to the whole world of decision making which happens before architecture and has a much wider scope to influence people and their way of life than a single building."
After the course
The course is designed for practicing planners and architects wishing to specialise in urban design and urban design practitioners who require knowledge of spatial planning.
Graduates with relevant degrees wishing to obtain a postgraduate qualification in planning or urban design, which subject to RTPI accreditation, will also provide a professional qualification with entitlement to institute membership.
Professional Diploma students who wish to gain a planning qualification in parallel with RIBA part 2.
Students obtaining relevant London Met first degrees, especially architecture degrees, wishing to progress into above professions. This will include a diverse range of students, including students with backgrounds who generally do not progress into spatial planning or urban design positions.
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University
, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
Normally an upper second-class Honours degree in Architecture, Spatial Planning or Landscape Architecture Those with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered. You are required to demonstrate your design talent through presentation of a portfolio.
Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.