StudyLink logoHome
Students on a university campus

Urban Planning and Design, BA

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), China

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Study options for this course

The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BAFull-time3 - 4 yearsSeptemberCNY 88000 per yearCNY 88000 per year

About Urban Planning and Design, BA - at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

As the size of the human population increases, cities now need to respond to a range of complex urban phenomena including rapid expansion and urban shrinkage. These complex issues demand more sophisticated solutions in order to achieve sustainable development. Students learning urban planning and design need to understand not only the processes of spatial change in the built and natural environments, but also study the arguments for intervening in these processes. Students based at XJTLU have the unique chance to study at the heart of what is one of the world's most fascinating classrooms: China.

The BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design programme offers students the opportunity to study both local and international urban and rural landscapes in a dynamic and supportive learning environment. Students will be able to equip themselves with knowledge and skills to analyse, critique and, ultimately, contribute to the sustainability of urban and rural development both in China and around the world. On completion, students will be able to work in sectors such as urban planning, urban design, city management, central and local government policy, consultancy, and real estate development.

Urban planning and design students learn how to formulate strategic plans, design liveable spaces and create public places. You will consider the social, economic and environmental needs of a town or city and the impact of those on the built environment. Graduates help companies and governments make difficult decisions on the use of land including whether to develop, what to develop and how to develop. In recent years, urban planning and design has become particularly concerned with the preservation and impact of the natural environment, for example, how we deal with the growing pollution in our cities and concerns about natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. Other concerns include the scarcity of land and how to achieve an efficient and effective use of space. The rate of development in China means that good planning is essential. The BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design programme at XJTLU is international in focus and has been designed to help students appreciate the similarities and differences between planning in China, the UK and other countries throughout the world.

Why should I study Urban Planning and Design at XJTLU?

  • Our globally competitive, professional programme is unique in its focus on both local Chinese and international planning and urban design policy and practice
  • You will be offered a range of learning experiences such as interactive studios, field surveys and local and international field trips
  • The Department of Urban Planning and Design offers a supportive learning environment which encourages you to become an independent and active learner and critical thinker
  • Gain transferable skills that provide a platform for success in your future study or employment in planning and urban design-related fields
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

Knowledge and skills

On successful completion of the BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design programme, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of the natural, economic, socio-economic and political factors that are shaping our surroundings
  • knowledge and understanding of how the built and natural environment is managed in different places around the world
  • an understanding of the role, scope and limitations of contemporary town and regional planning in contributing to the management of growth and change and the conservation of the built and natural environment
  • knowledge and understanding of the legal basis for action in environment and planning, and the relationship between planning and environmental issues
  • an appreciation of decision-making processes that represent the views of the diverse communities who are affected by those decisions
  • an ability to think clearly and critically, to reason logically and to undertake systematic research
  • techniques in computing, numeracy, design and various forms of communication
  • skills in teamwork to achieve prescribed tasks collectively
  • the ability to reflect critically on your studies and learning.

Modules

  • Year One

    UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

    The department also delivers the following optional modules for Year One students to acquire knowledge more closely linked to the subject.

    • Urban terminology
    • Introduction to urban planning and design
    • Imagining the city.
  • Year Two

    You will study the following core subjects to broaden your understanding about urban planning:

    • History and purpose of planning
    • Planning in China I
    • Planning in China II
    • Planning in the UK
    • Contemporary planning practice in Western Europe and the North America
    • Urban and environmental economics
    • Skills for planning practice
    • Neighbourhood planning.
  • Year Three

    You will build on this foundation and learn about knowledge and expertise needed to become professional urban planners and designers.

    • Environmental sustainability
    • Rural planning
    • Spatial design and the built environment I
    • Spatial design and the built environment II
    • Planning methodology
    • Networks and cities
    • Geographic information systems (GIS)
    • Projecting and managing the urban futures.
  • Year Four

    In your final year, you will be required to take a set of specialist modules in the area of environment and planning or urban design. You will also need to undertake some core subjects and undertake a substantial research project, spanning both semesters. You will also learn about:

    • Planning theory
    • Planning and property development
    • Planning law and governance
    • International planning
    • Final year project.

    Specialisation option one: Environmental planning

    • Environment and planning
    • Environment and planning project.

    Specialisation option two: Urban design

    • Urban design
    • Urban design project.

Careers

There is a high demand for graduates with knowledge of urban planning and design, so you will have many different options to choose from including:

  • policy planner: developing plans for the future of countries, cities and communities
  • urban designer: creating attractive, safe and pleasant places in which to live, work or visit
  • property developer: the right developments for the right place
  • transport planner: finding sustainable transport solutions
  • environmental planner: tackling the effects of climate change
  • regeneration planner: bringing life to places that have become run-down
  • conservation planner: helping to protect our natural resources and heritages
  • community planner: engaging with people about how their communities are developed
  • smart city planner: promoting future cities that incorporate the latest in new technologies.

Notes about fees for this course

  • International students

    RMB 88,000 per academic year

    Early bird discount

    All international students who accept their offer by 1 May 2018 will automatically qualify for a RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

  • Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

    RMB 88,000 per academic year

    Early bird discount

    All Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students who accept their offer by 1 May 2018 will automatically qualify for a RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

  • Mainland Chinese students

    RMB 88,000 per academic year

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please visit the entry requirements page for the comprehensive list of qualifications required to study at XJTLU.

Courses you may be interested in at other institutions

Below are some suggested courses at other providers that you may also be interested in:

Social Inequalities Master Degree

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)

Find out more

Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

University of Derby

Find out more

(MBA), Marketing MBA

Macromedia University of Applied Sciences

Find out more

International Business Law LLM, PG Cert, PG Dip

University of Liverpool Online Programmes

Find out more

International Foundation Year Program Access, Foundation Degree, UG:Foundation

The Italian Academy

Find out more

Foundation and Pathway Courses at other institutions

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course then consider one of these courses from another institution:

English Foundation Program

EU Business School, Geneva

Find out more

Fashion

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design

Find out more

Professional Studies (Education)

Bishop Grosseteste University

Find out more

English Foundation Program

EU Business School, Barcelona

Find out more
See all Foundation and Pathway courses

Other courses at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

There are 106 other courses listed from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). A selection of these are displayed below:

Accounting BA

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more

Actuarial Science BSc

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more

Advanced Chemical Sciences MRes

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more

Applied Chemistry BSc

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more

Applied English BA

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more

Applied Informatics MSc

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more

Applied Mathematics BSc

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more

Architectural Engineering BEng

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Find out more
View all 106 courses at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Related Information

Find out more about studying in China