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MA

Urban Design

School of Architecture, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our design-based course has a strong emphasis on community participation, and addressing the challenges of uneven urban development, both locally and internationally.
Urban Design postgraduates working on a project in the community

Course description

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

We’ll encourage you to critically examine the key urban development challenges that cities are facing today. You’ll explore local urban areas in Sheffield and compare these areas with other UK and international contexts in Europe as well as in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. You'll also investigate the role of designers and citizens in the processes of city making.

Central to the course is a design studio project, and core modules on urban design theory and practice. You can explore a range of themes through optional modules and you’ll take part in study trips and thematic workshops.

We’re one of the UK's top architecture schools. Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. As a Sheffield student you’ll engage with real issues affecting the built environment. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Urban Design Project
  • Urban Design Thesis Project
  • Participation in Architecture and Urban Design
  • History and Theory of Urban Design
  • Trajectories on Urban Design Practice
  • Urban Design Tools and Methods

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Spatial Practice and Development
  • Conservation and Regeneration
  • Critical Spatial Theory
  • Politics of Architecture and Urban Design
  • Reflections of Architectural Education

Teaching

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

Assessment

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

Duration

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

The MA in Urban Design has given me a good understanding of the context of development and it introduced me to the economical, political, social and environmental landscape which we all live and work in. The course has made me appreciate what’s around me, and the way space is designed has such a big impact on the way it is used.

Becky Knighton
MA Urban Design

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 urban planning. We’d also like to see your 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 score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Contact

architecture-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0349

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