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Urban Design degrees abroad

With more people living and working in cities than ever before, the global demand for urban designers has skyrocketed. Urban designers are responsible for shaping the arrangement of urban spaces and facilities so that they’re safe, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing.

You’ll learn how to devise urban spaces that are fit for purpose and meet the needs of citizens. As well as studying the theory and processes behind effective urban design, you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice by working on real-world briefs. You’ll examine contemporary issues in the sector, like efficiency, sustainability, and overpopulation, and offer creative solutions to manage these challenges.

Studying abroad will take your knowledge of urban design to the next level. Not only will you get to experience some of the world’s most beautiful towns and cities, but you’ll also learn how to modify your designs according to different geographical landscapes, environmental conditions, structural requirements, and population needs.

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Urban Design program structure

It’s possible to study urban design as a three or four-year bachelor’s degree, but these programs are offered at a limited number of universities. If you choose to study as an undergraduate in the US, you’ll declare a major in urban design after the second year of your four-year degree.

You’re much more likely to find master’s programs in urban design. To be accepted onto a master’s course, you must already have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, like architecture or town planning. You can study full-time over one year, or part-time over two.

If you’re eager to further build your knowledge, MPhil and PhD programs are offered at several institutions. You’ll conduct a piece of research that contributes to the academic study of urban planning over several years.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, design studios, and field trips. Assessment methods include design projects, presentations, essays, and reports.

The content of your program will be determined by the university and elective modules you choose. However, most institutions cover these core units:

  • Urban design processes
  • Urban design thinkers
  • Urban policy and planning
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Historic and modern architecture
  • Public management
  • Research methods and techniques
  • Contemporary challenges and debates in urban design

Urban Design study abroad programs

Urban design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in urban design

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    Urban Design - BUD Florida Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,584 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,584 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Urban design graduate programs

Master's in urban design

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    Architecture: Urban Design - MSc New York Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    48,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 48,600 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Urban Design - MUD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,619 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 48,960 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Urban Design - MSc University of Colorado Denver, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,744 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,744 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Urban Design and Planning - MA London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,590 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,900 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Urban Design (Tempe Campus) - MUD Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    43,044 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,044 USD

    Start date
    August
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Certificate in urban design

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    Urban Design - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,397 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,891 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Future urban design careers

As an urban design graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and tools to launch your career in almost any corner of the world.

Your eye for detail, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork skills will be transferable to countless roles across public, private, and voluntary sectors, but here are some of the positions you’d be most suited to:

  • Urban designer
  • Town/city planner
  • Politician
  • Landscape architect
  • Housing officer
  • Transport planner
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Sustainability consultant

If you’re unsure of what direction to head in after graduation, drop into your university’s careers office. They can help you map out your ambitions, find work experience, and write your resume.