Architectural & Urban Design - MSc


Conceived as a ‘design studio’, our MSc in Architectural and Urban Design provides specialist training in Urban Design for candidates who already hold an architectural degree.  You will have the opportunity to sharpen and extend your skills in developing contemporary urban contexts through analysis, research and experimentation. The programme will enable you to articulate, advocate and present architecture and urban design with social and environmental respect and responsibility to a range of audiences. We place particular emphasis on design techniques, digital and other progressive modes of representation, and architectural and urban theory.

What you will study

In our studio, you will develop design proposals for particular international urban conditions, based on the contribution of design to the wider life and workings of the city. Research methods will involve intense fieldwork in the chosen city of study, with themes and outputs guided by the research interests and expertise of your tutors.  Previous cities of MSc study and visit include: Valetta, Malta (Island Territories); Shanghai, China (Borderlands); Cadiz, Spain (Salt City); Florence, Italy (Curating The City); Venice, Italy (Clouds of Architecture); Marseille, France (Irrigations); Casablanca, Morocco (Fragments); Lisbon, Portugal (Unsure Ground); Olbia, Sardinia (The Loving Metropolitan Landscape); and Mumbai, India (Parasituation).

As a graduate of this programme, you will be equipped to practice in an area of architectural and urban design that critically engages in the broader debates and dilemmas of contemporary global culture.  You will be part of a dynamic, international body of students who work closely together and with other students and experts from a range of related programmes and disciplines.  There is a particularly strong association with students and tutors from the PG Master of Architecture (Design) Programme.  The portfolio of work you will produce may also provide the basis of entry to the PhD Architecture by Design Programme.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • Sharpen and extend your skills in using design methods as a form of urban research in a studio environment.
  • Work on projects related to ‘real world’ places and challenges.
  • Benefit from a stimulating, multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Curate, produce and present sophisticated multi-media exhibitions.
  • Gain the skills and methodologies to show leadership within architectural, landscape and urban design team contexts, internationally.

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Dr Dorian Wiszniewski, Programme Director | View staff profile >

Kevin Adams, Studio Tutor in Architectural Design

This programme is supported by part time design tutors and specialists who contribute to teaching all through the academic session.


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MSc Architectural & Urban Design work on Sardinia
Courtesy of Gabriel López

Introducing work by a group of distinction-awarded MSc students studying the city of Olbia in Sardinia under the theme of The [Loving] Metropolitan Landscape.


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