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International Urban Design MSc

De Montfort University
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Leicester
English
September 2021
International Urban Design MSc

Program description

International Urban Design MSc

The course focuses upon developing a spatial understanding of the underlying principles and current theories needed to understand and respond to (design) the challenges that 21st century urbanisation presents across the globe. It supports you in developing a spatial design skill-set able to respond to the complex array of social, economic and environmental factors affecting cities, as well as to cultural issues, such as spatial traditions and histories of city form and design. Opportunities to attend study trips overseas underpin the learning and form an integral part of key modules. In recent years the School has run many successful overseas study trips to a wide variety of cities in Europe, South and North America Asia and the Global South; the School also benefits from research/ collaboration links to Schools of Architecture overseas.

The programme concludes with a ‘thesis’ module. Two pathways are available. Whilst both focus upon ‘design’, one offers opportunity to conclude your studies in an extensive written thesis, whilst the other offers opportunity to conclude your studies in a thesis comprising of drawn/ modelled/ illustrated outputs in combination with a shorter written text. All students also have the option of a year of industry placement prior to commencing their thesis studies.

At the end of the programme students will have developed key skills in articulating, communicating and illustrating complex city analysis and proposal, underpinned by knowledge of theories relevant to current practice and global urban issues. It is anticipated that employment opportunities will arise in city planning offices and consultancy, urban and commercial development consultancy and architectural design offices. Graduates will also be able to join the Urban Design Group as a member and as a recognised practitioner.

Admission requirements

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject such as Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Town Planning, Geography, Urban Studies, Engineering Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Product Design.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but have extensive industry experience, we will consider your application on an individual basis.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

This course will prepare and equip you with appropriate skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development. Such skills are in high demand by businesses, governments, multilateral and unilateral organisations contending with issues of environmental sustainability.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The mode of delivery considered appropriate in individual modules will vary, as will the assessment regime, so that both are carefully matched to the learning outcomes. The course provides a learning environment that enables students to develop an integrative approach to their learning as the course develops. A primary learning environment is the architectural design studio, in which students will be supported by a design tutor, typically on a weekly basis whilst undertaking design and or strategy based assessments. Other teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field visits, case studies, and directed reading. The academic team is committed to a rich range of teaching, learning and student support which is mainly project based giving you the opportunity to work as individuals and in groups.

Tuition fees

2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK/EU students: £8,350
  • International students: £14,600

Continuing studies

You could also continue with your postgraduate studies and progress onto a PhD.

Career opportunities

Modules

Term one

  • Introduction to Urban Design
  • Research Methods and Urban Design Theory
  • International Design Research Studio
  • Term two
  • Urban Design Studio
  • Comprehensive Dissertation

Term three

  • Urban Design Thesis

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...


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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

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De Montfort University

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LE1 9BH Leicester
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www.dmu.ac.uk

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