The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme allows you to engage in the complex issues of urban space production in the dynamic Chinese context. It considers the interplay between spatial design and social, economic, environmental and political issues evident in a range of urban settings. It is taught across the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design to ensure that you receive an interdisciplinary perspective on the development of urban form.
The programme is not limited to those with architecture or urban planning backgrounds, rather it is relevant for all interested in understanding the nature and production of spaces. Staff teaching on the programme offers varied perspectives both in terms of disciplinary approaches and spatial understanding.
Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Note: This programme is awaiting official recognition from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
Why Should I Study Business Analytics at XJLTU?
The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme is unique because it combines two things: on the one hand, a first-class international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world; on the other hand, the Suzhou-Shanghai region is one of the most exciting environments in which to learn about and experiment with urban design in the 21st century.
Knowledge and Skills
The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme equips future urban designers with critical and creative thinking, as well as communication and interdisciplinary skills. For the design skills in particular: spatial analysis, representation (mapping, models), and conceptualisation (such as scenario-and vision-making).
- Fundamentals of urban design
- Place-making and urban design (studio)
- Architectural theory and criticism
- Urban design enquiry
- Sustainable urban planning strategies
- Theory and practice of urban regeneration
- Politics, society and participation
- Spatial analysis and evaluation
- Topics in architectural history
- Heritage, historic districts, and conservation.
Additional learning activity modules
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Urban designers are increasingly sought after in both public and private sector companies related to the built environment. They are particularly appreciated for their creative, communication and interdisciplinary skills.
Graduates of this programme can expect to pursue careers as urban or regional planners, developing plans for the use of land, helping to create communities, accommodate population growth, and regenerate facilities in urban areas.
China's fast-paced development means that opportunities for graduates with urban design knowledge will be plentiful.
Upper second class (2:1) honours
- 211 Project; Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai Ranking--75 percent or above
- Non 211 project; Non Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% percent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update
Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.
3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme
Equivalent academic qualifications
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:
- IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
- TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.