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MSc Advanced Sustainable Urban Design


About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The aim of this unique, innovative and multidisciplinary, one-year professional programme is to develop outstanding urban design professionals who have the creativity to contemplate alternative futures of our cities, the confidence to implement grand visions and an ability to reflect on professional practice by listening to the views of different stakeholders as well as by drawing on cross-cultural insights.

Why study Advanced Sustainable Urban Design at Dundee?

Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), the Scottish urbanist, biologist and former Chair of Botany at the University of Dundee introduced the 'Valley Section', as a representation of inter-relationships between the natural and built environment and the social, cultural, economic and political life of communities living in and around a city. This notion of 'sustainable urbanism' advocated by Geddes, is particularly significant in an increasingly globalising world, where mobility of people has widened choices of where they 'live' and 'work'. Such an endeavour calls for an urban design education to create professionals who can understand, evaluate and design high quality places.

The legacy of urbanist philosophy advocated by Patrick Geddes provides a good starting place for the advancement of skills for an urban design profession. Equally, with £1 billion waterfront regeneration work taking place in the heart of the city of Dundee which includes £45 million investment in the only other branch of the Victoria and Albert museum outside London, there are ample opportunities to understand the inter-relationships between 'discourse' and 'practice' in shaping high quality places. In this regard, the School of the Environment at the University of Dundee is delighted to offer this opportunity to aspiring urban design professionals, to learn how to plan, design, develop and deliver sustainable urban environments.

Professional Accreditation

The new MSc Advanced Sustainable Urban Design programme is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist masters degree and can therefore lead to full RTPI accreditation for students with an undergraduate degree in town planning that is partially accredited by the RTPI.

Aims of the Programme

This course aims to provide skills, impart knowledge and develop competencies in the delivery, design and development of sustainable urban projects. This will be in reference to landscape urbanism, urban microclimate, climate change, sustainable material, and urban layout in an international context.

It will give you an opportunity to identify models and strategies of good practice in urban design to support sustainable urban development and to assess the sustainability elements of development schemes.

The course starts in September each year and lasts for 12 months on a full time basis or 24 months on a part time basis.

How you will be taught

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including Design studio, lectures, seminars, supervised study, tutorial sessions, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups.

One-on-one supervision of a research project dissertation by a single tutor is designed to promote continuity in the learning process.

Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, peer assessments of oral presentations, problem-solving assignments and feedback, and interactive computer based communication skills.

What you will study

Course Structure

The course consists of 30 credit core modules, a 15 credit elective module plus a 45 credit research project.

Discourses in Urban Design
Urban Design Project 1
Spatial Analysis
Sustainable Urban Design Practice and Master Planning
Urban Design Project 2
Field trip
Sustainability in Contemporary Cities
Research Project:
Route 1: Design Project
Route 2: Dissertation
Two electives will be offered: (a) Sustainability Evaluation; (b) Environmental Change Monitoring

How you will be assessed

Essays and reports, case studies and presentations will all be assessed. You will also carry out a major research-based project or dissertation. There are no formal examinations.

Careers

Graduates from this course will be specialised in sustainable urban design and analytical tools, and will be able to fit into design teams across private firms or local authorities, or to take on a global career.

Graduates will have developed a mindset to consult, to listen to and to take on board the views of different stakeholders so that they are confident to work within the model of community-led master planning or 'Charrettes'.

In addition, and by drawing on diverse disciplines such as Architecture, Planning, Geography and Environmental Science, graduates will be able to adapt to varied professional contexts and be capable to work within urban design, architectural, landscape architectural and planning consultancies and cross disciplinary environments.

Visit the MSc Advanced Sustainable Urban Design page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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School of the Environment Postgraduate Scholarship - 5 Awards

£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for students entering with a first class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).£2,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for students entering with an upper second class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 - £3,000

Eligibility

For international students entering with either a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of the Environment at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm


(Scholarship)

5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 5 Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm


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School of the Environment Alumni Scholarship - 5 Awards

10% off tuition fee for University of Dundee graduates entering with a first class honours degree (not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award).5% off tuition fee for University of Dundee graduates entering with an upper second class honours degree (not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award).

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% - 10% off tuition fees

Eligibility

For Home/EU University of Dundee graduates entering with eith a first class or upper second class honours degree (not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award).

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of the Environment at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm



Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree and/or professional experience in any discipline (preferably relevant to design and planning of the built environment), and be able to show their aptitude for the design of sustainable urban environment.IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

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