Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Urban Design

This studio-based programme is nourished by the School's burgeoning research in urbanism and close association with the Universities European Institute for Urban Affairs. The curriculum has creative place-making at its core and we welcome applicants from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds such as architecture, planning, landscape architecture, art and spatial design. This programme has strong links with the Liverpool Biennial, which every 2 years delivers an international programme of exhibitions and projects that lead to a rediscovery of the city.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. •Research & Practice 1 An introduction to some of the common principles of research in Art and Design, tailored to help you develop the skills required to become an effective independent researcher / practitioner. •Studio Practice (Urban Design) Upon successful completion of an urban design project, you will acquire skills to analyse contemporary urban design themes through in-depth research and the intelligent development of a critical argument. You will also be able to evaluate innovative and visionary urban design theories and precedents in the context of the project work and synthesize knowledge and skills in the production of an urban design strategy for the redevelopment of a substantial piece of cityscape. •Research & Practice 2 (Urban Design) You will be presented with an overview of urban scale sustainable design principles and objectives. You will then explore a range of contemporary sustainable best practice case studies. These principles will then be applied in practical project work, exploring urban design sustainability benchmarks and audit methodologies. You will thereby be provided with a range of theoretical tools to support independent conceptual and critical evaluation of sustainable urban design. Tools will be explored such as to enable students to understand and evaluate the environmental impact and ecology of urban design proposals •Collaborative Practice Here you will be given the opportunity to think through, re-situate and re-imagine how the term 'collaboration' can affect and develop your own developing art and design practice in the broadest sense. A framework of teaching, study and assessment that will allow the student to develop a realizable collaborative project proposal that has the capacity to be developed into a fundable/sustainable project/collaboration. •Final Major Project (Urban Design) Through a major project you will explore and apply a contemporary urban design theme through in-depth research and intelligent development of a critical argument or creative piece of work.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include oral presentations, proposal reports, practical project work, group work, individual urban design proposals and project reports. Student will also be assessed for the quality of their drawings and model making.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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