Reasons to study International Urban Design MSc at DMU:
- Leicester School of Architecture (LSA)
was established in 1897 making it one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK; it is part of our vibrant Faculty of Arts Design and Humanities and offers a range of architecture and design undergraduate and postgraduate courses;
- DMU – the Global Hub for UN Sustainable Development Goal 16
the School is integral to the University’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and supports its role as the Global Hub for SDG16
- International/ global curriculum and study trip opportunities
the programme focuses upon understanding global challenges and theories for responding to them; it provides opportunity to attend overseas study trips to underpin and extend learning
- Develop city scale proposals and strategies to address current and future issues and challenges
the programme focuses upon understanding 21st century urban challenges and applying this understanding to the development of design proposals and strategies
- Skills and research themes
will develop your academic acuity and cultivate your independent position with regard to urban design thinking and strategies
- Equip, train and inspire
you to become responsible global citizens in the face of the new global urban and environmental challenges ahead and prepare you for potential career in the urban design professional field
- Industry placement opportunity
you can choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further
- The new Vijay Patel building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
The course focuses upon developing a spatial understanding of the underlying principles and current theories needed to understand and respond to (design) the challenges that 21st century urbanisation presents across the globe. It supports you in developing a spatial design skill-set able to respond to the complex array of social, economic and environmental factors affecting cities, as well as to cultural issues, such as spatial traditions and histories of city form and design. Opportunities to attend study trips overseas underpin the learning and form an integral part of key modules. In recent years the School has run many successful overseas study trips to a wide variety of cities in Europe, South and North America Asia and the Global South; the School also benefits from research/ collaboration links to Schools of Architecture overseas.
The programme concludes with a ‘thesis’ module. Two pathways are available. Whilst both focus upon ‘design’, one offers opportunity to conclude your studies in an extensive written thesis, whilst the other offers opportunity to conclude your studies in a thesis comprising of drawn/ modelled/ illustrated outputs in combination with a shorter written text. All students also have the option of a year of industry placement prior to commencing their thesis studies.
At the end of the programme students will have developed key skills in articulating, communicating and illustrating complex city analysis and proposal, underpinned by knowledge of theories relevant to current practice and global urban issues. It is anticipated that employment opportunities will arise in city planning offices and consultancy, urban and commercial development consultancy and architectural design offices. Graduates will also be able to join the Urban Design Group as a member and as a recognised practitioner.
Structure and assessment
Introduction to Urban Design
The module introduces the subject of urban design including key theories and concepts relative to urban design research and practice. The content is constructively aligned with an assignment that is based upon an urban design project.
Research Methods and Urban Design Theory
The module involves focussed study of classic urban design text(s). Study is led by small group seminars in which tutors facilitate informed debate and discussion based upon directed research. The seminars prepare students for a written assignment that requires critical analysis of a key text.
International Design Research Studio
The module offers students studio-based learning focussed upon a design ‘project’ or ‘challenge’. The ‘project’ will be devised in response to ‘live’ context in a UK city, and address issues that resonate with international, topical urban pressures and issues. The module content introduces techniques, methods and skills which are then revisited in the Semester 2 design studio module; it prepares the student for the Semester 2 design studio module.
Facilities and features
The university offers suitable facilities that support a range of sustainability and design disciplines. These include a range of tools and simulation software, including design studios
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Starting a business
If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
This course will prepare and equip you with appropriate skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development. Such skills are in high demand by businesses, governments, multilateral and unilateral organisations contending with issues of environmental sustainability. You could also continue with your postgraduate studies and progress onto a PhD.