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Entry Requirements

Academic and practice backgrounds

We welcome applications from a wide range of subject/disciplinary backgrounds. Many of our students come from backgrounds in either planning and the built environment disciplines, or from social sciences such as geography or politics, but we are happy to consider applicants from beyond these disciplines who have a strong interest in urban issues.

We also recognise the value of practice-based experience, and will consider candidates with substantial experience but less in the way of academic qualifications.

Qualifications required

Each application is assessed individually, but as a minimum we normally require:

  • a good honours degree, masters degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate field
  • for candidates not educated in English, an English language qualification: ideally IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 (with at least 6.0 in each component) or an equivalent score in the TOEFL internet-based test.

The University also recognises a number of other English language qualifications, and the value of previous study in a majority native English speaking country.  For details, see the University's English Language Requirements pages.