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. First-class international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. They offer varied perspectives on Urban Design as a truly interdisciplinary programme.
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 MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) 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 Inquiry (studio)
- Sustainable urban planning strategies
- Spatial analysis and visualisation
- Theory and practice of urban regeneration
- Politics, society and participation
- Topics in the architectural history
- Heritage, historic districts, and conservation
Additional learning activity modules
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your master's 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 per cent or above
- Non-211 project; Non-Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% per cent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to an 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
Applicants who are not native speakers of English are expected to meet the following English language requirements:
- a minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS English language test, with no less than 6.5 on any individual component of the test;
- Or a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL paper test or 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL test.
Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their English proficiency.
Chinese Language Requirements
Applicants who are not native speakers of Chinese are expected to meet the following Chinese language requirements:
- a minimum of level 5 in HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) and TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language).
Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their Chinese proficiency.