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Oxford Brookes University; MA Urban Design

Course focus: Urban Design-Planning/Policy/Sustainable Development-Theory || Design studio: NO || Fees: £4,320-£7,020/£10,350 (EU/Overseas)

Course director: Professor Georgia Butina Watson
Course founded: 1972
Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Intake: 40-50 students
Student profile: Wide ranging backgrounds

Distinctive feature: Develops and refines analytical and design skills covering history, nature and function of urban design. Emphasis on sustainable approach to development and implementation. Interdisciplinary teaching attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, bringing together theory and practice from different fields. The JCUD has on average 100 students enrolled at any one time on its postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Director comment: Our teaching and research agenda includes the Responsive Environments and Identity by Design approaches, now widely recognised as leading theories of urban design internationally. Many ideas developed at JCUD have been used by UK and international governments in formulating urban design policy guidance. 

Student comment: I was originally inspired by urban design’s focus on both quality design, particularly of the public realm, and the impact of design on broader social, political and economic issues, and vice versa. This broader focus linked well to my political and social policy experience. The course really highlighted the fact that physical design has a huge impact on the way people use and feel in the built environment and I have gone on to do a PhD.
- Becky Kiddle, MA Urban Design, former housing minister in New Zealand

Career opportunities: Students pursue careers in public and private sector settings, as urban designers, consultants, planners and architects in very senior positions. There is an enormous network of graduates from the programme throughout the world - the JCUD is internationally recognised. Graduates include heads of urban design and planning in state governments in Australia, senior urban designers with David Lock Associates, director of RPS and programme leader in Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University.

Entry requirements:
- A 1st class or 2.1 UK honours degree or equivalent qualification
- Applications are also welcome from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of their experience. You will be required to provide the names of two academic referees
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate appropriate level of English. The course requires IELTS level 6 (preferably 6.5) in the academic test, with a minimum score of 6 in reading and writing. For TOEFL the required score is 550 or above (paper-based) or 79 or above (internet-based), with a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE)


Tuition: £4,320-£7,020/£10,350 (EU/Overseas)


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