MRes in Urban Design
The Master of Research in Urban Design is designed primarily to enable students to link a programme of substantive research training to the subsequent pursuit of a doctorate.
The course is modular in structure and includes training in urban design and in research methods and methodology.
Research staff are drawn primarily from the Joint Centre for Urban Design and the Department of Planning but with some contributions from the School of Architecture and the Department of Real Estate and Construction, and the wider university community. Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, and consultancies and research bodies provide further input.
You will also undertake the dissertation of 15,000 words and have the opportunity to become involved in research projects of the Joint Centre for Urban Design.
Teaching learning and assessment
Teaching methods reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with urban design and research, and include lectures, studio sessions, seminars, workshops, practical project work, field trips and research project shadowing.
The course includes site visits that provide students with direct experience of some of the most important issues in urban design.
The majority of assessment is based on coursework, such as essays, seminars, project work, presentations and the dissertation.
The MRes in Urban Design attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline, and from among those in work and seeking continuing professional development.
Admission to the course is normally open to candidates who fulfil the following requirements:
- hold or expect to receive a First Class or 2.1 honours degree in a urban design, planning, architecture, or related subject areas
- other accepted graduate qualifications. These include a diploma or masters in urban design, or a related discipline such as geography, planning, architecture or landscape design
- in exceptional circumstances an applicant holding qualifications other than those specified above shall be considered on the applicant’s merits
- applicants also need to submit a research proposal.
English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their level of English is appropriate to study at postgraduate level. The course requires IELTS level 6 (preferably 6.5) in the academic test, with a minimum score of 6 in reading and writing.