The programme presents a holistic process of design for development in cities within this context. It combines an examination and analysis of political, social, cultural and spatial elements in the production of urban spaces with the principles of designing for development, which include affordability, acceptability, sustainability, participation and responsiveness in design.
The MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at the University College London (UCL) links together the methods and practice of 'design' with the complementary 'developmental' processes of development practitioners dealing with the spatial manifestation of injustices, complex urban challenges and spatial transformations at the scale of the building (architecture) and wider fabric (urban design) not as isolated disciplines or fields of practice but rather ones that are embedded and infused in a broader and more complex and contested urbanisms.
- Focus on crucial skills for urban practitioners, including critical thinking, action-oriented research, socio-spatial analysis and design research practice.
- Aimed at those interested in the development of urban areas with a political and economic perspective of space in the Global South.
- The nuance of the unique needs, abilities, aspirations, and forms of resistance of urban dwellers in various contexts.
- Engagement opportunities to work on living, community-driven and action research projects, gaining practical experience.
- Content delivered through a wide range of teaching techniques (increasingly mediated by digital technologies) including taught lecturers and seminars, design-based studio work and practice engagement with global partners.
- Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design For Development
- Participatory Processes: Building for Development
- Building and Urban Design in Practice
- Critical Urbanism Studio II - Investigative Design Strategies for Contested Spaces
- Housing as urbanism: housing policy and the search for scale
- Housing policies: practical dimensions and alternative options
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.
DisciplinesDesign Sustainable Development Urban Planning View 278 other Masters in Sustainable Development in United Kingdom
- The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- Consideration will also be given if the qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience. Applicants who do not hold a first degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning or a related field.
International26600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26600 GBP per year during 12 months.
National16500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Living costs for London
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