MA Urban Design

Leeds Beckett University

Program Description

MA Urban Design

Leeds Beckett University

Issues concerning the design of the urban environment are often overlooked - this course has been created to fill that gap. Urban design is a growing profession and we will help you to develop your creativity and knowledge in this area.

Our course is actively involved with urban design initiatives in the region, assisting local communities and urban design practitioners in live projects and competitions. If you already plan, design and manage urban environments, we will improve your analytical and creative skills.

This is a flexible design-based course which gives you the opportunity to customise your learning according to your needs, interests and career aspirations. You will study the latest methods and design theories of urban environments, exploring the development and resolution of projects, and focus on achieving environmental sustainability.

We build your understanding of ecological, management, social and economic principles that contribute to environmental and sustainable development.

We also offer this course with a Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma options, while individual modules may be studied as continuing professional development (CPD).

January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods.


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Town Planning, Geography, Urban Studies, Engineering Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Graphic Design or Visual Arts, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


The course has links with many areas in the industry, from Local Authority Planning Departments to Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Practices. It is suitable for architects, landscape architects, planners, highway engineers, public artists, designers and professionals from other related areas.

A multi-disciplinary team of professionals with extensive practice-based experience teach the course, there are also sessions from visiting professionals.

You will benefit from our new multi-media studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model making facilities, together with a state-of-the-art library.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Leeds, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 24 months
Price - The tuition fee for students entering in in 2015/16 on this course is £500 for each 20 credit point module.