Urban Design, Master | University of Sydney | Camperdown, Australia
18 months
41000 AUD/year
9000 AUD/year
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The Urban Design program at the University of Sydney will develop your leadership and expertise in urban design and urbanism with a strong emphasis on sustainability, quantification and implementation. A key feature of this degree is its multidisciplinary outlook and emphasis on communication and collaboration that emulates real-world practice. 


The Urban Design program at the University of Sydney core units will provide you with an appreciation and understanding of the historical and theoretical dimensions of urbanism and design, urban morphology and the relationship between ecological processes and city form. While design is an important aspect that is at the core of the Diploma and Master's degrees, there is universal recognition that the defining aspects of urban design practice is its integrating role in multidisciplinary teams.  

Students will develop the ability to analyse contexts, define principles and provide guidance for future designers of buildings, landscapes and the public domain. This `indirectdesign aspect of the built environment requires a related but distinct set of skills including facilitation, collaboration and communication in addition to being able to think spatially and communicate visually. These skills are not the exclusive domain of `designersand people from a range of backgrounds and capabilities are welcomed into an urban design program that aims to be multidisciplinary and emulate practice. 

Core units may be complemented with electives that will strengthen your knowledge in related fields: for example, architects can take electives in planning and planners can extend their understanding of architecture. All students can reinforce their knowledge of sustainability. This cross- pollination nurtures more effective urban design and gives you the flexibility to build your course of study around your interests and professional aspirations.

Career Pathways

Over 200 students have graduated from the program to go on to occupy positions in both the private and public sector in cities across Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Graduates are able to bridge the concerns of architecture and planning, think strategically, appreciate scale and qualities of place and communicate urban design principles to a wide range of audiences. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economics for the Built Environment
  • Informal Urbanism
  • GIS Based Planning Policy and Analysis 
  • History and Theory of Planning and Design 
  • Integrated Urbanism Studio
  • Land Use and Infrastructure Planning 
  • Principles of Heritage Conservation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code: 000681C 
  • Admission to the Master of Urban Design requires an undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, town planning, urbanism, geography or a related field or completion of the requirements of the embedded Graduate Certificate with a WAM of at least 65. 
  • Based on the applicant's undergraduate performance, the Program Director reserves the right to require a portfolio of work indicating relevant design interests and capabilities for admission to the Master of Urban Design. A portfolio should only be provided if requested by the Program Director.
  • English language results
  • Academic transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    41000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 41000 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    9000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9000 AUD per year during 18 months.


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