School of Architecture,
Faculty of Social Sciences
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.
- 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
Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:
- Spatial Practice and Development
- Conservation and Regeneration
- Critical Spatial Theory
- Space, Power, Society
- Reflections of Architectural Education
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
Studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars, workshops and traditional lecture modules.
You’ll be assessed on course assignments and a final design thesis or written dissertation.
- 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.
MA Urban Design
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.
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
+44 114 222 0349
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.