Urban Design and Planning
Department of Urban Studies and Planning,
Faculty of Social Sciences
To deal with the complex challenges of urban development, planners have to know how to work with other professionals. This course equips you with the skills to produce sensitive plans and creative designs, taking into account the financial and practical issues associated with property development.
This course will develop your skills in urban design, planning and the development of cities.
You'll study the UK urban experience and also rapidly urbanising cities in Asia and Africa. The course draws on leading teaching and research at the University, combining the urban design expertise of the School of Architecture and the international planning expertise of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The course is accredited as a Specialist Planning Programme by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Costs for field classes are not included in the tuition fee.
This course is full-time only.
Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist programme
- Principles of Urban Design
- Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development
- Research Methods
Either Urban Design in the Global South and International Development Field Class, or Integrated Project
Examples of optional modules include:
Choose one module from a list including:
- Spatial Planning Systems
- Urban Development in the Global South
- Advanced Software Skills in Urban Design
- Transport Planning
- Conservation and Regeneration: Principles and Approaches
- Sustainable Development: A Critical Perspective
- Cities of the South: Planning for Informality
For a full list of optional modules, please visit the department's website.
1 year full-time
I chose to study at Sheffield because of its good international rankings and the scholarship I was awarded. After completing my MA I would like to stay in the UK to acquire professional experience and then return to work in my home country. Urban studies is all about social research, I see myself working with communities to improve the physical and social conditions of urban areas.
For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).
We will consider your application if you have a 2.2 degree but we would expect you to have evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 6900
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.