Master of Urban and Regional Planning

CEPT University

Program Description

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

CEPT University

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

India’s urbanization is an epochal transformation that will have a significant impact on the living conditions and quality of life of its people. The manner, in which this urbanization is planned and managed, holds the key to ensuring liveability, equity, and sustainability for the people. Typically, urban planners play a vital role in such urban transformations. The Faculty of Planning CEPT University prepares thoughtful planning professionals to meet this challenge.

This choice-based Master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning prepares young professionals for a career in planning and equips them to: (i) prepare plans and projects for the cities and their regions, (ii) undertake research on policies and processes of urbanization and urban development, (iii) advise on governance of cities and their regions, and (iv) advocate for specific issues like sustainability, climate change resilience, uplifting marginalized communities etc. We train professionals through hands-on studio exercises, theory courses, an individual capstone project and field visits within India and abroad.

Faculty members belong to diverse disciplines like architecture, engineering, planning, natural and social sciences. They are proficient academicians and competent professionals with national and global exposure and linkages. MURP alumni are considered thought leaders in their field and are well placed in leading global & national organizations and in city & regional governments.

This highly recognized programme is more than 40 years old. Its alumni are very well placed in government, international agencies, consulting firms, and, reputed academic and research institutions. Being a part of CEPT University, the program also provides an opportunity for wider exposure to architecture, construction, design, and management of human habitats.



The two-year Master’s Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) exposes students to social, political, economic and financial dimensions of urban development and ethical dimensions of working as professionals. Students are trained to engage with scales from a local project to city and region to global, through hands-on studio exercises, intense theory, individual capstone project, and field visits in India and abroad through summer winter school (SWS). The program offers the possibility of, but does not require, specializing in and obtaining a Major in any of the following:

  • Land use Planning – This area will offer studios in land use planning at city, city-region and local level along with theory courses on land use planning, built-form, and land markets.
  • Housing – This area offers studios in housing strategy at a city level and housing project planning along with courses in housing and land markets, housing & community development, housing project design & development, and housing finance.
  • Environmental Planning – This area offers studios on preparing environmental impact assessment and environmental management plan at city level along with courses on environmental resources, pollution, environmental economics and climate change.
  • Infrastructure Planning – This area offers studios on preparing infrastructure plans at city level and infrastructure project development along with courses on infrastructure planning and infrastructure project development.
  • Transportation Planning – This area offers studios on preparing comprehensive traffic and transportation plans at a city level and transport project development along with courses on transportation and land use planning, transportation modeling and design of transportation systems.


The first semester is the ‘foundation’ that prepares students to grapple with the idea of ‘urban’ and prepare a plan for the development of a municipal ward. They are exposed to the theories of economic and social development and history of urban transformation. They learn the skills of quantitative, qualitative and spatial methods. The foundation semester gives them the breadth of the discipline.

The second and third semesters are for delivering in-depth knowledge in one of the available specializations. In the second semester, the students prepare a plan of a city or a town, with emphasis on any one of the available specializations. Simultaneously, they learn skills and gain knowledge relevant to preparing the city level plans. In the third semester, they prepare a plan for a region. An alternative option in the third semester is to prepare a detailed project report or area plan, which includes financial and governance proposals.

During the fourth-semester students are required to complete a capstone project – an individual but guided planning, research, grant writing or policy analysis project. Twice, in breaks between semesters, students are required to sign up for University’s Summer School and Winter School programs, which could include study tours to cities in India and abroad.

To enable students to pursue individual interests only three-quarters of the total academic workload is mandated to obtain the degree they have registered for. To complete the remaining one quarter, students choose courses from the many available electives.

Admission and Prerequisites

Applicants for the Masters of Planning program in the general category should have a minimum of 55% aggregate marks and those in the SC/ST/OBC categories should have a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in below mentioned degree programs from a recognized University/Institution:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Architecture/ Environmental Engineering/Civil Engineering/Planning/Law


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Geography/Economics/Sociology/Environmental Science/Social Work/Development Studies/Policy Studies/Political Science

International Entry Requirements

CEPT’s guiding principle for International Admissions is to seek equivalence between International standards achieved and those of Indian home students. There are differences between Europe, America and India in degree length, academic standards and award structure. CEPT will, therefore, consider each International application on its merits seeking international equivalence and bearing in mind any professional requirements that these Programs have.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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July 2018
2 years
Full time
India - Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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