Over half of the world's population now lives in urban areas and the sustainable development of our cities poses key challenges for urban management. There is a need to deliver sustainability while ensuring managed urban environments can adapt to a changing climate and changing economic and social conditions.
This programme represents a new type of degree, focusing on analysing the issues of, and the tools used to address and deliver, sustainable development across the globe, from the scale of the building right up to the regional and national scale. It is designed to equip urban managers and leaders with an academically rigorous and professionally relevant postgraduate qualification relating to changing global circumstances.
This programme is mainly designed both for those looking to begin a career in sustainable development, urban management and the built environment, and those with existing qualifications and relevant professional backgrounds who wish to improve their knowledge of sustainable development.
Our graduates are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to their working environment. Recent graduates have gone on to work in: private sector real estate development and management; private or public sector urban systems management; urban planning and development; and third sector global development organisations.
The MSc is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design
This programme is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.
Flexible study options
This programme can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.
Programme durationMode of studyDuration Full-time 1 year Part-time 2 years Independent Distance Learning (IDL) 2-7 years*
*An IDL programme - whether at PgDip or MSc level - can be completed in a minimum of 2 years. On average, our PgDip programmes studied via IDL are completed in 2-3 years, while MSc programmes are completed in 2.5-7 years. Most students intend to complete their studies via IDL within 2-3 years.
The School has strong links with professional bodies including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute. It prides itself on using these links and wider links with industry, to make teaching and research relevant and applied.
Staff within the Institute are actively engaged in a variety of research projects relating to building design, specification, management and operation.