Sustainable Urban Design

Nottingham University Business School

12 months
17910 GBP/year
7785 GBP/year
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This course focuses on the creative design of the public realm, urban areas and cities, combining innovative design, issues of sustainability and the latest research.


The programme covers urban regeneration issues, public realm design, urban design theory and practice and sustainable urbanism theory and applications in place-making with advanced technology and design tools. You will acquire the knowledge and develop the necessary skills to face the contemporary cultural, historical, social, economic and environmental challenges in terms of achieving holistic sustainability in those realms.

You will be encouraged to develop your problem-solving skills through creative urban design proposals. You will be provided with an understanding of the complex relationship between spatial and design issues, and social and economic urban crises. The course addresses urban design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments and responds to urban issues.

You will develop the mechanisms and design tools which when effectively implemented, can secure and deliver projects for the long-term benefit of a city and its people. The course emphasises the importance of design creativity, analytical skills, critical thinking and focuses on drawing and physical and computer modeling as tools for analysis, exploration, communication and design in order to achieve social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

Key facts

  • As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment aims to develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world
  • The department enjoys strong collaborative links with professional organisations and international institutions to ensure global awareness and applicability across academia and practice
  • The University’s former Institute of Urban Planning was one of the first institutes in the country to offer research and postgraduate qualifications in urban design
  • The MArch Sustainable Urban Design course is suitable for architecture graduates as well as those from related disciplines such as landscape architecture, urban planning and environmental design

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Masters Design Project 
  • Urban Design Theory and Practice 
  • Places, Cities and Cultures 
  • Research and Professional Skills, Tools and Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) Entry requirements: 2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in architecture or a related subject, with modules in architectural design or similar amounting to 25–50% of the total credits

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17910 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17910 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7785 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7785 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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