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Urban Design (MSc)

Course Description

From architecture and planning to economics and law, we’ll give you a broad understanding of the processes and practices involved in urban design. We’ll encourage you to develop your own unique approach to create the spaces in which we live, work and relax.

The urban design discipline lies somewhere between planning and architecture. It’s concerned with conceiving and combining buildings, amenities and open spaces in ways that are logical, useful and give a sense of place.

Many disciplines and issues are involved, from the technical to environmental, societal to economic. Our course will give you the education and training you need to practice urban design and develop your own distinct vision.

Through a series of modules you’ll explore the profession’s key challenges, while developing your technical, commercial and management skills. There’s particular reference to the six ‘RCE’ Eastern England cities and the design challenges they present.

Our course meets the educational requirements of the Urban Design Group and Urban Design Alliance.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/urban-design


You could have a successful career in urban design and conservation, architecture, landscape design, surveying, highway engineering, transport planning, town centre management, planning policy, regeneration and development management. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Built Environment PhD.

Core modules

Site Studies and Urban Design
Sustainability and Environmental Management
Sustainable Place Shaping
Project Management Systems
Urbanism and Culture
Urban Design Strategies
Sustainable Energy
Research Design and Methods
Major Project


We’ll assess you through a combination of patchworks, portfolios, reports, essays, design project material, model-making and your performance during group work.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Visit the Urban Design (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree or above in a subject that is cognate within the built environment fields. Examples include Town Planning, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Landscape Design, Urban Studies, Geography and Building Surveying. Part-time students will benefit from being in relevant employment. Full-time students will benefit from recent experience in a relevant field of study or work. Those with the required degree classification in a non-cognate subject will be requested to undertake some exercises on a free online skills training resource & follow some guided reading prior to the start of the course.

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