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Urban Design (Taught)
Our MA Urban Design programme is jointly delivered by the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Geography and Planning. The goal of this programme is to enable practitioners and scholars to transform the field of urban design through critical thinking and creative practice.
Urban design is transdisciplinary, straddling professional fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and public policy, and also disciplines such as politics, economics, sociology and cultural studies. The programme fully embraces this transdisciplinarity through the theory, research training and design teaching it offers.
You will learn from academic staff from both schools who are highly accomplished and locally engaged in Cardiff, nationally in the UK, and internationally across the world. In the context of the design studios, you will also be able to benefit from the input and expertise of leading practitioners.
Studio teaching focuses on developing critically informed as well as creative and practical proposals for real sites, addressing important contemporary issues of design and urbanism.
Typically, you will need to have either:
- a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as architecture, environmental design, human geography, landscape architecture, landscape design, urban design, and urban planning, or an equivalent international degree
- a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
- or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference. The reference must be provided by your employer to evidence that you currently work in an area relevant to the programme. This should be signed, dated and less than six months old at the time you submit your application.
English Language requirements:
IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 6.0 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
- Urban Design Dissertation
- Urban Design Thinkers
- Urban Design Foundation
- Autumn Studio
- Spring Studio
- Urban Development Debates
- Urban Design Research Methods
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
- Tuition fees for UK Students:£10,700
- Tuition fees for International Students:£23,950
For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You can expect to deepen your knowledge and understanding of urban economics and politics, and the role of an urban designer, as well as develop the range of relevant skills to begin or further a career in urban design.
These skills are in the areas of: built environment design at a number of scales, graphic communication, urban research, policy research and development, property valuation and community consultation.
Generic skills include those in the areas of:
- Effective team working
- Time management
Graduates from this program will acquire a wide range of skills, described in each of the module descriptors.
Graduates can continue to higher research degrees.
Graduates move onto careers as urban designers, or in urban design related work. Most of these careers are to be found within the wider areas of architecture, urban planning, property or public policy. These may be within the public, private or voluntary sectors.
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