MA Urban Design

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are one of the UK's top architecture schools. You’ll enjoy the freedom to express yourself and develop the skills you need for your career.

Our built environment contributes a high percentage of carbon emissions and is one of the causes for global warming. I'm hoping to apply what I learn to influence people in the building industry to consider their impact on the environment.

Chun Yuen, postgraduate student in School of Architecture

About the course

Course description 2017

Urban design professionals are in demand. We can help you develop design skills that will relate to a broader social, environmental and economic context, linking individual architectural projects and overall planning strategies.

Postgraduate student from the School of Architecture

Core modules

  • Urban Design Project I
  • Urban Design Project II
  • Urban Design Thesis Project
  • Participation in Architecture and Urban Design
  • History and Theory of Urban Design
  • Reflection on Urban Design Practice
  • Urban Design Tools and Methods.

Examples of optional modules

  • Participation in Architecture and Urban Design
  • Interactive Urban Visualisation Modelling
  • Critical Spatial Theory
  • Parametric Architectural Geometry
  • Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis

Teaching and assessment

Studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars, workshops and traditional lecture modules.

You’ll be assessed on course assignments and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture and town planning. We’d also like to see your presentation portfolio.

Your degree doesn’t have to be design based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we’ll consider your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Dr Cristina Cerulli

One of the great satisfactions of my work comes from working with our students, whom I see as collaborators/co-researchers. Generally, though, it’s the idea of creating something, be it a module, a piece of research or an architectural project, that might transform, however slightly, the status quo towards something more ethical, just and sustainable.

Dr Cristina Cerulli, MArch and MA Urban Design tutor

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You can apply using the School of Architecture's online form.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: ssoa@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0306/0309

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.