University of Northampton

School of Social Sciences
MSc Integrated Urbanism

The MSc Integrated Urbanism is a unique qualification designed to immerse students in a broad and diverse range of courses dealing with the complexities of creating and managing sustainable urban environments and the challenge of place-making as one of the fundamentals of contemporary urban design.

Specifically designed modules led by academics and practioners from various disciplines address the many links between physical places and social contexts. Through critical inquiry into diverse disciplines including sociology, psychology, ecology, economy and smart cities, the programme addresses and extends the specifics of built environment professions and offers an insight into all aspects of urban design. Thinking and researching is integrated with making and doing through live urban design projects.

The MSc Integrated Urbanism is being offered by the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment (CCBE) at the University of Northampton. The MSc programme team has extensive practical and academic experience, and teaching draws upon on- going research and consultancy in urban design and sustainable development, urban regeneration and housing growth, community engagement and neighbourhood planning, architecture and heritage.

The whole programme is based on the concept of activity-led learning where many forms of learning are blended. This includes experimenting in the design studio. Strong tutoring support will be provided for students who are initially unfamiliar with the concept of the studio culture to ensure all students will benefit from and thrive in this environment.


  • Integrated Urban Design: Cities, Regeneration, Growth
  • Integrated Urban Design: People, Dwellings, Heritage
  • Urban Psychology: Health and Wellbeing
  • Urban Sociology: Place, Space and Communities
  • Urbanism, Design and Architecture: Theory and History
  • Urban Landscape: Ecology and Design
  • Urban Economics: Development, Planning and Democracy
  • Smart Cities: Paradigm Ideopolis

Recent Research and Consultancy Projects

University Town Northampton Project (UTN)

UTN is a research and engagement project which explores the impact of the University of Northampton’s relocation to the town centre and its new waterside campus. The project is funded by Northampton Borough Council, Northampton County Council, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation and the Arts Council.

Tensions and Prospects for Sustainable Housing Development - a Case Study of Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes

This £250,000 ESRC funded research project in partnership with the Open University is to be completed in 2015.

Follow Northampton

This is a cross-disciplinary project that aims to raise awareness of Northampton’s tangible and intangible heritage in order to foster the sense of belonging and place attachment in local communities. The project is currently funded by the Institute for Teaching and Learning within the University. 

Community Support

Research and support for community groups in London on Development; viability assessment and advice for the Information Commissioners Office on the Freedom of Information issues arising from the confidentiality of Viability Assessments.

Smart Cities

Consultancy for a technical advisory committee of the British Standards Institute to support the recently completed PAS 181 Smart City Framework. The PAS establishes a good practice framework for city leaders to develop, agree and deliver smart city strategies that can help transform their city’s ability to meet its future challenges and deliver its future aspirations. Consultancy on a BSI committee to review International and British Standards in smart urban infrastructure metrics.

Health and Green Space

Project examining the interface between the public health agenda and access to greenspace centred on Corby areas.

Wellbeing Impacts of Sustainably Designed Community Gardens: A Capability Approach

PhD research Alma Clavin Liveable Cities for CPRE London.

Back to Front

Project of food growing in front gardens (with funding from NHS (PCT) and Local Government Improvement and Development Fund (IDEA). See

Key Staff

  • Sabine Coady Schaebitz Dipl.-Ing. Arch. – Programme Leader, MSc Integrated Urbanism and Director of the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment. Specialisms in built environment history, heritage, education.
  • Natalie Oates, Urban Designer, UDG Recognised Practitioner.
  • Dr Martin Field, Senior Researcher in sustainable communities, housing, wellbeing.
  • Dr Bob Colenutt, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in sustainable communities, housing, regeneration.
  • Dr Florence Kinnafick, Lecturer in health and exercise psychology.
  • Dr Alma Clavin, Lecturer in urban geography, liveable cities, wellbeing and green spaces.
  • Dr Diepiriye Siemons-Kuku, Lecturer in sociology, anthropology, cross-cultural management.
  • Dr James Littlemore, Senior Lecturer in ecology, countryside management and agriculture, Moulton College.
  • Matthew Clifton, Projects Executive Research and Strategy Smart Cities, UCMK.
  • Sue McGlynn, guest lecturer, urban designer, and co-author of Responsive Environments.
The University of Northampton
Park Campus
Boughton Green Road
Key Contact
Sabine Coady Schaebitz
01604 892536
Course Duration: 
FT 12 months (home, EU and international students), PT (home and EU students only) with flexibility to suit individual requirements.
East Midlands