M.Sc. On Campus

International Urban Design

De Montfort University

12 months
14600 GBP/year
8350 GBP/year
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The International Urban Design MSc course offered at De Montfort University helps you develop a global outlook and learn how to address the future challenges of urbanisation through city-scale design proposals and strategies.


On this International Urban Design MSc course offered at De Montfort University you will gain an advanced design skillset that will enable you to create innovative solutions to the complex social, economic and environmental factors affecting cities. The course is designed to develop your spatial understanding of current theories and principles whilst challenging you to respond to the cultural issues, spatial traditions and histories of city form and design, and the global challenges in 21st century urbanisation.

We will teach and support you to take risks and creatively explore ideas to  tackle  complex problems and produce critical work.  The curriculum concludes with a ‘thesis’ module, a chance to use your conceptual understanding of design to transform urban contexts and independently plan tasks at a professional level.

You will learn to articulate, communicate and illustrate complex city analyses and proposals, underpinned by current practice, theories, and understanding of global urban issues. Graduates will be ideally placed for careers in city planning and architectural design offices, and urban and commercial development consultancy. Upon your graduation you will also be able to join the Urban Design Group as a member and as a recognised practitioner.

Key features

  • The  long-standing  Leicester School of Architecture is one of the  oldest schools in the UK. Our approach draws upon years of experience to challenge conventions and redefine the future of architectural practice.
  • Be supported to tackle real-world issues, while speculating and proposing new futures through bold experimentation.
  • Choose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance  and embed your practical and professional skills.
  • Learn from dedicated tutors from industry, practice and research, who ensure your work is responding to contemporary, real-world issues grounded in theory and practice.
  • Benefit from collaborative learning in studio groups within our supportive and interdisciplinary student community.
  • Our award-winning Vijay Patel building  has been designed to provide the space and facilities where  all of our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish.

Graduate careers

  • The skills and capacity to address challenges of sustainable architecture and development are in high demand by city planning and architectural design offices and urban and commercial development consultancy. Our graduates have successfully joined international practices and government organisations. Graduates will also be able to join the Urban Design Group as a member and recognised practitioner. 
  • The sophisticated research skills you will develop on this course also provide excellent preparation to progress onto a PhD.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:                                                        

  • Research Methods and Urban Design Theory
  • International Design Research Studio
  • Urban Design Studio
  • Comprehensive Dissertation
  • Urban Design Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject such as Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Town Planning, Geography, Urban Studies, Engineering Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Product Design
  • If you have no formal academic qualifications but have extensive industry experience, we will consider your application on an individual basis
  • Applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work. Non-standard applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio.
  • Download and complete the international application form
  • A copy of your qualifications
  • A copy of your English language certificate
  • A personal statement of at least 500 words explaining why you want to study your chosen course at DMU and any additional information that will support your application
  • A copy of your passport
  • Two references

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14600 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 14600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8350 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8350 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • EU: £14,600

Living costs for Leicester

751 - 1426 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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