Engage with complex issues

This course focuses on urban design as part of town planning, equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of urban design, planning and development issues.

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

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.

Why Urban Design and Planning at LSBU?

Taught by staff with track records of academic research, professional practice and consultancy, who have strong links to public, private and voluntary sector employers. The course includes a field trip to a European country at no additional charge to you. 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. Guest speakers from the built environment profession provide valuable input through lectures, tutorials and project visits.

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to urban design, focusing on the relationship between urban design, planning and property development. Live project working 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.


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 course 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. They will develop a broad range of skills, essential for urban design, planning and property development employers. Architectural practices dealing with master planning, government organisations and research institutions are other possible employers.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
1 - 2 years
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
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Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
June 5, 2020
Application deadline

Sep 23, 2019

Application deadline
End Date
June 5, 2020