University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth School of Architecture
MA Urban Design


This course provides opportunities for participants to engage in current debates about the potential role of urban designers in the generation of sustainable cities. Our MA in Urban Design fosters an enquiring spirit, intellectual curiosity, and the development of skills needed to tackle the challenges of designing for our contemporary cities.

Our course offers students a series of opportunities to engage in live projects, work-based learning and to work interdisciplinary. The learning and teaching strategies involve lectures, small-group debates and studio-based group and one-to-one tutorials. Students are offered opportunities to join international and UK-based field trips. There are strong links with other postgraduate programmes and with research projects in the School. Portsmouth School of Architecture has many connections with local and international academic institutions and practices, providing our students with rich possibilities for collaborative work.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Urban Design: Theories
  • Urban Design and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Integration or Work-Based Learning
  • Thesis

The course units cover history and theory of urban design, urban design studio, research methodologies, sustainability in urban design, public space design, urban analysis and investigation, thesis project and development, among other topics.


For mode details of our research projects see:

  • Green wedge urbanism
  • Eco-city design
  • Urban morphology and heat energy demand
  • Sub-Urban land(E)scapes
  • Urban space and neuroscience


A minimum of a second-class honours degree in Architecture, Town Planning, Interior Design, or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. A portfolio of professional work is required. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Portsmouth School of Architecture
Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue
Key Contact
Dr Fabiano Lemes
02392 842090
Course Duration: 
Full-Time 12 months or Part-Time 24 months
South East