London South Bank University

London South Bank University

Urban Planning Design

Government advises that good planning and good design are inseparable; this course focuses on urban design as a part of town planning. Our approach to urban design emphasises the continuing nature of planning responsibilities (as opposed to the contractual nature of most design professions) and focuses on the everyday use of places and spaces. Initial modules contextualise ideas of urban design and its evolution. The core of the course is project work on sites where there are current urban design issues and we have established links with the planning authority or a client. We have worked on the hinterland of Bankside, Great Yarmouth Sea Front, and Central Hackney. The Field Trip module (a compulsory part of the MA and PgDip) prepares you for work in unfamiliar places. Field trips offer our students a unique learning experience. We think of the trips as visits to living laboratories where you'll learn through active, hands-on experience. Beyond your studies, you'll also have the opportunity to develop and enhance their self-confidence and leadership skills. Recent field trips have involved postgraduate planning students visiting Barcelona, Spain; Ruhr Valley, Germany; and Venice, Italy. For all new entrants the field study visit fees are included in the tuition fees. The dissertation is a research-based urban design project which engages with critical thinking, such as Chris Jones' concept of urban design as 'bringing about change in a man-made world'.

Entry requirements

Typical applicants are either planning graduates who want to refocus or refresh their specialist skills and knowledge; or from other built environment professions who want to branch out into the all encompassing area of urban design but do not want/or already have the shape shifting skills of architectural design. Applicants with Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited postgraduate awards may seek accredited prior learning exemptions for some units.

Course modules

Modules include: Planning history and theory; urban design (the heart of planning); urban design project; sustainable places (with EU field study visit); everyday life (place and performance); planning in London; dissertation.

Assessment methods

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Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 13 months
MA Part-time September 2017 - 28 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Southwark Campus Kensington and Chelsea SE1 0AA South East

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