Anglia Ruskin University

Department of Engineering & The Built Environment
MSc in Urban Design
Professional Doctorate in the Built Environment
PGDip or PGCert in Urban Design

From architecture and planning to economics and law, our ethos is on sustainable urban design and culturally responsive approaches to community spaces. We’ll encourage you to develop your own unique approach to create the places in which we live, work and relax.

Course Content

Our course has 9 modules that explore the profession’s key challenges, while developing your technical and management skills. There’s particular reference to the six ‘RCE’ Eastern England cities and their design challenges. You’ll gain skills in analysing key elements and interventions of townscape, as well as exploring the history, theory and cultural practices of urbanism in its global context. You’ll explore the social & sustainability aspects of urban design and place shaping, see how it’s delivered through the planning system - and focus on your strengths and interest in a major research project.

You’ll also have the chance to visit & study a major European city, such as Barcelona or Venice. Completing 8 or 4 Modules (120 or 60 credits) leads to a PG. Diploma, or a PG. Certificate.

Doctoral Research Degrees

Our Professional Doctorate in the Built Environment is the first of its kind in the UK. Specifically designed for professionals who are working full-time in the industry, it offers an innovative and flexible alternative to a traditional PhD. By fitting your studies around your work and family life, you’ll use your professional expertise and experience to carry out ground-breaking research in your field. Our distance learning environment offers enormous flexibility allowing you to gain a Doctorate in just three to four years. You’ll then be entitled to place 'Dr' in front of your name and 'DProf' after it.

We also offer a traditional PhD route.

Current Research

Our Built Environment Research Group (BERG) research activity is focused on multi-faceted issues of ‘Future Cities’:

  1. Sustainable urban design, architecture, services & materials
  2. Resilient communities - future lifestyles & civic engagement
  3. SMART cities, infrastructure design & professional practice In particular, how societies are transitioning towards these goals.
Department of Engineering & the Built Environment
Marconi Building
Bishop Hall Lane
01245 683 3952
Key Contact
Dr Delle Odeleye
Course Duration: 
Full-Time 12 months or Part-Time 24 months
East of England