Urban Planning, M.Sc. | University of Birmingham Dubai | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12 months
27634 EUR/year
27634 EUR/year
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The Urban Planning programme from University of Birmingham Dubai will provide the necessary understanding, skills and knowledge that planners in government, private enterprises, NGOs and communities will need to provide innovative solutions to complex issues that impact upon a diverse range of stakeholders.

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Why study this course?

  • We have a number of outstanding scholarships available for 2021 entry. Our scholarship options are designed to benefit all our new students.
  • The teaching is based on world leading research undertaken in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, which the programme brings together to provide the skills and understandings that contemporary planners need
  • Dubai is the ideal place to study Urban Planning given its proposed expansion under the Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan – the key challenges that realising such growth in a sustainable manner are explored in-depth in the programme
  • Brings together planning, critical urban studies, environmental science and environmental health to create a programme which confronts the major challenges that rapidly expanding urban areas must confront both now and in the future
  • The programme will graduate contemporary planners who will be able to be articulate complex environmental urban problems to a broad range of end users as well as been able to plan for their mediation
  • The Urban Planning programme from University of Birmingham Dubai will enable graduates to make genuine impacts on the environmental and sustainability issues that urban areas face – this will open up a wide range of career paths


Planning as a career is developing beyond its traditional employment pathways in view of the increasing importance of the sustainability agenda and the impacts of urban expansion on the environment and society more broadly. 

The programme therefore enables the effective training of a new generation of planners who will be able to provide a more holistic, sustainability-focused approach to urban development and the mitigation of existing environmental and societal issues. To enable this, all of the modules take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject matter ensuring that graduates will be able to articulate the science behind critical urban issues, such as atmospheric pollution, and be confident in providing solutions. 

Therefore, graduates on the programme will be highly sought after not just in traditional planning spheres, such as planning consultancies and government agencies, but also in NGOs, international organisations (eg, World Bank/UN), and in the emerging sustainability sectors within large corporate organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Planner in Contemporary Societies
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Smart Cities
  • Urban Design and Property Development
  • Urban Lives
  • Planning for Healthy Cities
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1, or equivalent, in a cognate subject but there is the possibility of entry with a 2:2, or equivalent, with relevant experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27634 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27634 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    27634 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27634 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • AED 112,666 (full-time)
  • AED 56,333 (part-time)

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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