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MSc/ PgDip in Urban Design

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POSTGRADUATE

UDSU has been running the MSc Course in Urban Design since 2006. The Course has recently gained accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute as a Specialist Course.

High quality urban design is a basic requirement for the successful development of our built environment and of our society in general. Our course aims to teach urban design in a multidisciplinary manner that reflects its inherent nature and to students from a variety of backgrounds related to the built and natural environment.

We aim to provide students with the conceptual frameworks and practical tools to understand the complexities of cities, by examining in detail the various factors that generate urban form. Our course focuses on physical planning and the design of urban spaces and their enclosure. Moreover, it aims at understanding how to create a democratically organised, socially inclusive, economically prospering, environmentally sustainable, architecturally beautiful and culturally vibrant city.

The main topic addressed in the course is the urbanity of places within the context of globalization and our projects focus on the metropolis or city region. The main task of the course is to develop appropriate strategies for sustainable urban development, encompassing social, political, economic, environmental, architectural, aesthetic and psychological aspects. We pursue this task in studio work, special projects, lectures and seminars.

Our course links its approaches and contents to the research work carried out in the Urban Design Studies Unit, making student experience exciting, innovative and experimental. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds – we have architects, planners, geographers, landscape architects and more; the tasks they work on benefit enormously from the expertise that comes from all these disciplines and their interaction.  Collaborative work and problem solving are a central part of the learning experience; all students have something unique to contribute and learn from staff as well as from peers.

DEGREES OFFERED AND TIME REQUIRED:
MSc by full-time study – 12 months

Postgraduate Diploma by full-time study – 9 months

Postgraduate Certificate by full-time study – 9 months

MSc by part-time study – 24 months

Postgraduate Diploma by part-time study – 18 months

Postgraduate Certificate by part-time study – 18 months

CURRICULUM
Students who take all classes and studio (120 credits total) are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Students who also undertake the research-based dissertation are awarded a Masters degree (180 credits total).

One THIRD of the course is design-based:
Starting from a detailed structural analysis of the city, its urban fabric, its social and economic dynamics and its connections and centralities, we go on to develop long term strategies for its social, environmental and sustainable development. We design the detailed ordinary structure of places which will be capable of changing over time, maintaining their ordinary character but allowing extraordinary buildings and functions to be embedded where necessary.

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One THIRD of the course is devoted to teaching:
The history, theory, principles and practice of urban design, landscape architecture, sustainability and transport planning.  Classes are offered as intensive workshops or take place weekly over one or two semesters. We also offer an urban design representation class for students who do not have a design background.

One THIRD of the course is research based:
Over the summer students are requested to undertake a substantial piece of research worth 60 credits. In this final phase they will connect the projects and themes of our urban design research. Examples of past work include;
A study of 50 Small Scottish Towns
Alterations in Scale

The development of the Barras Market in Glasgow

STUDIO THEMES
Every year we work on a strategically important site in the city of Glasgow, developing both long term plans and detailed designs for it.  Over the past 5 years we have been commissioned by Glasgow City Council, whilst in the current year we decided to focus on a global problem - that of dealing with large-scale urban infrastructures and their relationship with the city form.
See work set in the Barras and the East End of Glasgow at our Facebook page.

STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES
“Starting an Urban Design course with a Mathematics background is a big change, but the course is structured to take advantage of the diversity of the students and teaches us how to think critically about the City.  We are put in the position of producing meaningful and unique work by studying real life and interesting areas of Glasgow.  For people without a design background, the design aspect of the course may seem daunting at first, but between UD Representation classes and help from peers, it becomes quite exciting to learn how to visually represent your thoughts, ideas and visions.  There is a high level of involvement in the City and everything is real. There is no better way to start understanding the natural and built environment than being there and experiencing it. The MSc has a great balance between realistic and theoretical approaches, and it’s as fun as it is challenging.” Jacob Dibble Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Spanish, University of Illinois at Champaign, Urban, USA.


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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
For entry requirements please refer to the Postgraduate Prospectus

REST OF UK SCHOLARSHIPS
For students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland that choose to study at Strathclyde, scholarships and financial support packages are available to help meet the increased costs of study. The Faculty of Engineering are currently offering a scholarship for all RUK PGT students. See Engineering Scholarships

FEES
Information on current fee levels

HOW TO APPLY
The recommended deadline for applicants is the last day of June (for September admissions).
Decisions on applications will be notified by the end of July (for EU and Home applicants) and within 6 weeks (for all other Overseas students). To assist you with the application process see the Applicant Guide to Postgraduate Taught Admissions System

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please indicate this when submitting your course application.

COURSE ACCREDITATION
The Course has recently gained accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute as a Specialist Course.

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for Sep 2015 entry to full-time MSc urban design (Admission Code : ABMSC7)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time MSc urban design (Admission Code : ABMSC8)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Diploma urban design (Admission Code : ABPGD7)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to part-time PG Diploma urban design (Admission Code : ABPGD8)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

for Sep 2015 entry to full-time PG Certificate urban design (Admission Code : ABPGC7)

Postgraduate entry requirements are in our prospectus.

Professional Accreditation

The MSc in Urban Design is accredited as a Specialist Course by the Royal Town Planning Institute

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Financing your Education

REST OF UK SCHOLARSHIPS

For students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland that choose to study at Strathclyde, scholarships and financial  support packages are available to help meet the increased costs of study. The Faculty of Engineering are currently offering a scholarship for all RUK PGT students. See RUK info in Engineering Scholarships.

OTHER

Sources of funding for all applicants to postgraduate study may be available. Search 'scholarships and funding'.

Students seeking funding for courses in architecture can apply to RIBA - Scholarships and Bursaries and RIBA - Student Funding schemes.

Postgraduate Taught Courses