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Urban Design and Planning

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences

Planning and investing in the spaces where we live and work has never been so important. An accredited MA from one of the UK’s top planning schools can help you make a positive impact.
Postgraduate Urban Studies and Planning Student, Hussain Ziyath

Course description

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 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.

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Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)


Core modules

Autumn semester

  • Principles of Urban Design
  • Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development
  • Research Methods

Spring semester

Choose one of:

  • Urban Design in the Global South and International Development Field Class
  • Integrated Project

Optional modules

Examples include:

Autumn Semester:

Choose one module from a list including:

  • Spatial Planning Systems
  • Urban Development in the Global South

Spring Semester:

  • 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

Postgraduate Urban Studies and Planning Student, Ana Maria Monsalve Sanchez

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.

Ana Maria Monsalve Sanchez
MA Urban Design and Planning

Entry requirements

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 score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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