MA in Urban Design and Planning

London South Bank University

Program Description

MA in Urban Design and Planning

London South Bank University

The MA Urban Design and Planning focuses on urban design as part of town planning and equips students with a comprehensive understanding of urban design, planning and development issues.

6 reasons to study here

  1. Great teaching:
    The course is taught by staff with track records of academic research, professional practice and consultancy and strong links to public, private and voluntary sector employers.

  2. European Field trip:
    The course includes a field trip to a European country at no additional charge to you.

  3. Industry accreditation:
    The course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a ‘combined degree’. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will also consider the accreditation of this programme at the next Partnership Board.

  4. Guest speakers:
    from the built environment profession provide valuable input through lectures, tutorials and project visits.

  5. Interdisciplinary learning:
    The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to urban design, focusing on the relationship between urban design, planning and property development.

  6. Live project working:
    It integrates projects and site visits with theoretical debates, inspiring you to think about the characteristics of good places and equipping you to make a critical contribution to shaping those places.

The programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to urban design, helping students to develop the knowledge and skills required to engage with the complex issues facing our cities and to increase their employability in the expanding profession of urban design and in the related fields of planning and development.

Through working at different scales of the city and engaging with theoretical debates, students will gain a critical understanding of the characteristics of good places and will be equipped to make a decisive contribution to shaping those places in the decades ahead.

Students will be engaged in project work on sites where there are current urban design and planning issues and will debate these issues with staff and external guests; the programme also includes a compulsory one-week residential European field study visit. In recent years students have visited Barcelona, Turin, Venice or Dortmund. The study visit costs are included in the tuition fee.

The programme is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will consider the accreditation of this programme at the next Partnership Board.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


  • Planning History and Theory
  • The Making of Place
  • Key Ideas in Urban Design and Planning
  • Urban Design: People and Places
  • Designing Sustainable Places
  • Urban Design Project
  • Design and Property Development
  • Dissertation
  • Major project


The MA UDP will provide students with specialist expertise in urban design, allowing them to study this discipline within the broader frameworks of town planning and property development. This will allow them to develop a broad range of skills which will be attractive for urban design, planning and property development employers; architectural practices dealing with master planning, government organizations, and research institutions are other possible employers.

Graduates have used urban design in the planning courses at LSBU to focus on the relationship between planning and design. A number of our graduates now hold key posts in urban design in private consultancies or public authorities.

LSBU Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student, you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come into network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop-in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job search. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
  • It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university


Employability has been a strong focus of the Division of Urban Environment and Leisure Studies for years and we have links with relevant organizations in the public, private and third sectors. Our Employability Coordinator helps students with career management skills and facilitates placements for students, updating them on employability opportunities through the Division’s employability Moodle site. He also liaises with the University Employability Service/Job Shop at LSBU to support students in job search, CV writing etc.

Teaching and learning

All students have a named personal tutor who will stay with them for the duration of their degree. The Division has also an employability coordinator.

As well as LSBU resources, students enrolled in the MA Urban Design and Planning will benefit from the facilities of the Division of Urban Environment and Leisure Studies. These include our newly refurbished Urban Design Studio; our Resources Room (a meeting space and facility for our students and staff) and our Spatial Analysis and Informatics Laboratory.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course MA Urban Design and Planning, applicants will be required to have a minimum of a lower second (2:2) Bachelor’s Degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International students additionally require an English Language qualification, with an IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,500 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £7500; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3333.33; International fee: £5833.33
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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