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Architecture and Urban Design MA (Canterbury & Paris)

Course Description

The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) proposes a particular perspective of the city, combining the strength of architectural history and theory with the study of the contemporary city, to provide an understanding of architecture and urban design that addresses the dynamic conditions of cities today.

You examine the trajectory of cities’ development, particularly in relation to the Enlightenment, industrialisation, the role of Modernisms and the conditions of the 21st century. In doing so, you draw from the wider context of humanities, cultural studies, the visual arts, drama, film and other media that influence the formation of an urban landscape.

A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary programme, you spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities. In the spring term you relocate to the University of Kent, Paris (http://www.kent.ac.uk/paris/), where you study at the Columbia Global Center (known as Reid Hall) in a historic corner of Montparnasse.

In Paris, all modules are taught in English and you are encouraged to make full use of the city’s cultural resources and to integrate these into your studies. You can also take French language courses which will help you when living and studying in the heart of French culture.

There are dedicated teaching facilities with full academic guidance and support. You also have access to some of France’s finest libraries including: the five-storey Université Diderot Paris VII, the American Library in Paris, library facilities at the Centre Pompidou and evening access to the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand.

This is a versatile Master’s qualification for architects, urban designers, surveyors, historians, landscape architects, theorists, engineers and other related professionals involved with planning and design of contemporary cities, as well as graduates interested in pursuing further postgraduate studies and an academic career.


The MA is composed of four taught modules and a dissertation on the topic of your own choice.


Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.

This programme is also available at Canterbury only or full-time at Paris.

Visit the Architecture and Urban Design MA (Canterbury & Paris) page on the University of Kent, Paris website for more details!

Student Profiles

The University of Kent, Paris Taught MA Scholarship Fund - No. of awards TBC

The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016/17.Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £5,000


- The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.- It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time.- UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.- Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or good second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in architecture or another related discipline in humanities, planning or similar.

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