The MSc Urban Design programme allows you to engage in the complex issues of urban space production in the dynamic Chinese context. It considers the interplay between spatial design and social, economic, environmental and political issues evident in a range of urban settings. It is taught across the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design to ensure that you receive an interdisciplinary perspective on the development of urban form.
The programme is not limited to those with architecture or urban planning backgrounds, rather it is relevant for all interested in understanding the nature and production of spaces. First-class international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. They offer varied perspectives on Urban Design as a truly interdisciplinary programme.
Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Why should I study Urban Design at XJTLU?
The MSc Urban Design programme is unique because it combines two things: on the one hand, a first-class international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world; on the other hand, the Suzhou-Shanghai region is one of the most exciting environments in which to learn about and experiment with urban design in the 21st century.
Knowledge and skills
The MSc Urban Design programme equips future urban designers with critical and creative thinking, as well as communication and interdisciplinary skills. For the design skills in particular: spatial analysis, representation (mapping, models), and conceptualisation (such as scenario-and vision-making).
- Fundamentals of urban design
- Place-making and urban design (studio)
- Architectural theory and criticism
- Urban design enquiry
- Sustainable urban planning strategies
- Spatial analysis and evaluation
- Theory and practice of urban regeneration
- Politics, society and participation
- Topics in architectural history
- Heritage, historic districts, and conservation.
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Urban designers are increasingly sought after in both public and private sector companies related to the built environment. They are particularly appreciated for their creative, communication and interdisciplinary skills.
Graduates of this programme can expect to pursue careers as urban or regional planners, developing plans for the use of land, helping to create communities, accommodate population growth, and regenerate facilities in urban areas.
China's fast-paced development means that opportunities for graduates with urban design knowledge will be plentiful.