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56 Masters Programs in Urban Design

Urban design is arguably as old as human civilization itself. Although it hadn't been referred to as ""urban design"" per se, key urban design practices and technologies have been integral in the creation of human settlements and ancient metropolises that have continued to amaze present-day urban designers, archaeologists and the rest of humanity alike.For instance, the thoughtful design of thorou… Read more

Urban design is arguably as old as human civilization itself. Although it hadn't been referred to as ""urban design"" per se, key urban design practices and technologies have been integral in the creation of human settlements and ancient metropolises that have continued to amaze present-day urban designers, archaeologists and the rest of humanity alike.

For instance, the thoughtful design of thoroughfares has been always essential to the economic life of cities. Getting from point A to point B in the geographic sense is more than just a question of having a roadworthy means of transport; more so, having efficiently designed road systems and mass transport is really what cuts the cake.

Holders of a Master in Urban Design do more than just transport systems, of course. Sewage and waste disposal, for another, are also problems that urban designers must face when planning a city. All these three aforementioned factors (i.e., transportation, sewage and waste disposal), among many other equally significant factors, must be designed with geographic considerations in mind. Things like elevation from the sea, climate conditions, risk of earthquake or landslide and more are perennial things that make city planning a unique affair for each city in question. Truly, a Master in Urban Design program is an interdisciplinary field which develops professionals that we cannot live without.

At present, urban designers play significant role in solving day-to-day problems of cities, big and small. Outside government, they are also actively employed in the private sector by land developers and construction companies for similar endeavors."

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University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science
Vancouver, Canada

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is a professional degree for system thinkers who want to address complex infrastructure challenges. This hybrid pro ... +

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is a professional degree for system thinkers who want to address complex infrastructure challenges. This hybrid program combines graduate-level engineering and urban planning courses with UBC Sauder School of Business courses – giving you the skills and confidence to build your career and drive innovation in urban planning. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Tilburg, Netherlands

The urban designer's core competence is the ability to design spatial conditions facilitating diverse and dynamic urban programmes and urban conditions with respect for the so ... +

The urban designer's core competence is the ability to design spatial conditions facilitating diverse and dynamic urban programmes and urban conditions with respect for the social, ecological and economic values of the site and society. -
MSc
Part-time
48 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
Munich, Germany +1 More

Study a Master of Arts in Smart City Design. This Design M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campuses in Munich and Berlin, Germany.

Study a Master of Arts in Smart City Design. This Design M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campuses in Munich and Berlin, Germany. -
MA MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 semesters
English
Oct 2021
15 Aug 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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ESDESIGN - Escuela Superior de Diseño de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Program aimed at developing leadership skills and design of urban spaces. The program places special emphasis on sustainability and building a transdisciplinary vision.

Program aimed at developing leadership skills and design of urban spaces. The program places special emphasis on sustainability and building a transdisciplinary vision. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
Spanish
Nov 2021
Online
 
The New School

The 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies program radically reframes the study of urban environments and design approaches to cities. By combining urban pl ... +

The 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies program radically reframes the study of urban environments and design approaches to cities. By combining urban planning, policy, urban design, activism, and community practice, students gain the skills and expertise needed to address contemporary urban challenges. In line with The New School’s historic commitment to environmental and social justice, students design and implement strategic projects to bring about transformative change in urban environments on a global scale. -
MSc
2 years
English
Campus
 
Umeå University - Faculty of Science and Technology
Umeå, Sweden

Do you want to take part in designing sustainable architecture and developing socially just cities for the future? The Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design is o ... +

Do you want to take part in designing sustainable architecture and developing socially just cities for the future? The Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design is operating in-between the artistic and the scientific field of knowledge. The programme is characterized by a consistent focus on sustainability and has an exploratory and experimental profile with teachers from all over the world. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Technical University of Liberec
Liberec, Czech Republic

The graduate is an architect with versatile training in architectural structure design, interiors and urbanistic works. The studies finish with the final state exam, a part of ... +

The graduate is an architect with versatile training in architectural structure design, interiors and urbanistic works. The studies finish with the final state exam, a part of which are exams in the history of arts and architecture, supporting structures, building construction and a dissertation defense. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Dundee
Dundee, United Kingdom

Learn how to apply urban design principles and practices to create sustainable quality spaces and places in urban environments.

Learn how to apply urban design principles and practices to create sustainable quality spaces and places in urban environments. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 
Abadir - Accademia di Design e Arte visive
Sant'Agata li Battiati, Italy

The 1st level master in Heritage Innovation promoted by ABADIR - Academy of Design and Visual Communication is aimed at rural areas with the aim of rethinking the cultural pro ... +

The 1st level master in Heritage Innovation promoted by ABADIR - Academy of Design and Visual Communication is aimed at rural areas with the aim of rethinking the cultural project starting from the specificities of the territories and their vital rhythms: companies, traditions , local communities, natural and artistic resources, local energies, using working methods typical of the great European (and non-European) capitals. -
Master
Full-time
Italian
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong

By 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, and most of the increase is expected to be highly-concentrated in a handful of ... +

By 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, and most of the increase is expected to be highly-concentrated in a handful of countries, including China. Rapid urbanisation and growth of cities call for high-quality public services and effective governance to make urban places more livable. The study of cities becomes an increasingly cross-disciplinary enterprise. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)
Belfast, United Kingdom

In practice, there is a common tension between those developing and interpreting planning policy on the one hand, and the designers of cities on the other. This programme brin ... +

In practice, there is a common tension between those developing and interpreting planning policy on the one hand, and the designers of cities on the other. This programme brings these groups together to engage in project-based learning. You will develop planning research, urban analysis and design skills before deciding whether to complete an urban design thesis or dissertation. Both of these options can be completed as work-based studies with opportunities for summer placements. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

The Master in Design for Urban Environment trains professionals to take part in the process of urban transformation by designing ideas that help to reinforce the social, cultu ... +

The Master in Design for Urban Environment trains professionals to take part in the process of urban transformation by designing ideas that help to reinforce the social, cultural and economic fabric of 21st-century cities. -
Master
Full-time
6 months
English
07 Oct 2021
17 Sep 2021
Campus
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design
Kowloon, Hong Kong

This 1.5 years studio-based design course draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design – an altern ... +

This 1.5 years studio-based design course draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design – an alternative study option for graduates in architecture and urban planning who are driven by a human-centred approach to design. -
Master
Full-time
15 months
English
30 Aug 2021
Campus
 
Southern Federal University
Rostov-on-Don, Russia

The aim of the program is to prepare high-level specialists and develop professional skills in urban design and architecture with a special emphasis on doing project-based lea ... +

The aim of the program is to prepare high-level specialists and develop professional skills in urban design and architecture with a special emphasis on doing project-based learning. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
College of Engineering City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

The programme aims to: enhance existing construction-related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning; produce experts with comprehensive knowled ... +

The programme aims to: enhance existing construction-related professionals with the knowledge of urban design and regional planning; produce experts with comprehensive knowledge of urban design and regional planning; provide multi-disciplinary approach for architecture, civil engineering, urban design, urban planning, building services and construction professionals; etc. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
30 Aug 2021
Campus
 

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