University of Huddersfield

Department of Architecture and 3D Design
MA Urban Design

This new and innovative masters provides a course of study that critically redefines the role of urban design in the future development of our cities. The overarching aim is to enable graduates to effectively participate and intervene in the urban design process, whether they develop a career in the public sector, private practice and consultancy or academia.

A key characteristic is the focus on development of alternative forms of urban strategy, which more effectively integrate the many strands such as planning law, socio-economic policy, infrastructural development and spatial design. The impact of globalisation and technological advances on regional urbanism is investigated, considering how, both internationally and within the UK, cities are addressing their prospects for sustained growth in the midst of rapid urbanisation.

Content

Core Modules

  • Theory, History and Emerging Urban Trends
  • Integrated Urban Design and Architecture
  • Advanced Urban Design, Planning and Development
  • Research Methods
  • Major Project

Optional Modules

  • Environmental Impacts of Buildings and Urban Development
  • Communities Engagement for Social Innovation

Distinctive features

  • Huddersfield’s location within a post-industrial transpennine landscape and central position between Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York gives students the opportunity to engage directly with changing local and regional contexts.
  • The programme’s institutional context within a school of art, design and architecture lends the programme a stimulating creative environment.
  • Research by design can be used to address final major project element.
  • Participatory and live projects involving local communities.
  • Optional field visit to a European city.
  • Strong international network (Europe, Middle East, Asia, South America and Australia), improving the chance for exchanges, international workshops and summer schools.

Current research

The programme will draw upon the expertise of academics in the department’s Research Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability, bringing research-led and practice-led activities together.

Duration

Full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience.

Address
Deparment of Architecture and 3D Design
Queensgate
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD1 3DH
01484 472208
Key Contact
Ioanni Delsante, Programme Leader
i.delsante@hud.ac.uk
Course Duration: 
Full-Time 12 months or Part-Time 24 months
Region: 
Yorkshire and the Humber