Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Urban and Rural Design

The aim of this course is to understand the processes of change in the built environment and the relationships between the social, economic and physical factors associated with the sustainable development of the built environment. This includes understanding and engaging with the views and perceptions of, sometimes competing, development interests. To strengthen the development of an understanding of concepts such as urban form and urban structure, scale, proportion, serial vision, permeability, legibility and composition as well as developing skills in relation to the use of precedents and best practice. It also aims to develop an awareness of the value dimension of design activity and the ethical responsibilities of those involved in design and development in mediating between differences in contexts of power.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. The programme is offered to students who have successfully completed the BSc programme in Environmental Planning, but is also available to other graduates, particularly those from the built environment professions - Planning and Architecture. Applicants without an appropriate background and/or qualification in the design of the built environment will be invited to attend an interview. Interviewees will be required to bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates an interest in the design of the built environment. The portfolio should contain either examples of designs/design project-work or evidence of an interest in the built environment. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: introduction to sustainable theory, practices and research; project context: analysis and research; prototype project/process; research and development; spatial literacy in design; individual design project. Students will also enrol on one elective module chosen from a range across planning, architecture and civil engineering disciplines.

Assessment methods

All modules are formally assessed with a 50 per cent pass mark. All assessment occurs through 100 per cent coursework and will be carried out in line with the University's assessment policy. A variety of outputs will be assessed, eg reports, essays, project portfolios, presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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