12 months
27933 USD/year
6392 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Explore the ecological, social and economic conditions of good cities and urban spaces in this Master of Urban Design from University of Auckland. 

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Urban design focuses on the design of the spaces between the buildings that make up our town and cities.

The Master of Urban Design from University of Auckland  will equip you with the knowledge and skills to analyse and design urban environments. Through studio-based projects, you will respond to real urban design issues and contexts, including sustainable design practices, the role of physical and social infrastructures in cities and urban investment and development. 

The MUrbDes gives built environment professionals the opportunity to develop this specific skillset and knowledge. It is suitable for people with a professionally recognised qualification in architecture, urban planning or landscape architecture. If you have relevant practical experience in one of these fields, you may also be eligible for entry.


The MUrbDes will help you develop the skills, practical knowledge and contextual understanding to work in both public and private practice. Urban design expertise is required both in existing cities and for new developments, with knowledge of cultural sensitivities and environmental design practices sought after.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Environmental planner
  • Iwi planning officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Resource consent planner
  • Transportation planner
  • Urban designer
  • Urban planner

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Design Theory and Practice
  • Sustainable Urbanism 
  • Urban Design Studio
  • Urban Economic Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold at least an undergraduate degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) in a related field, such as (but not limited to) planning, urban planning, architecture or landscape architecture.
  • You will need a GPE of 4.0. 
  • Your portfolio will provide evidence of an appropriate level of skill in design and urban analysis. You may include examples of design projects undertaken as part of your prior academic studies and/or as part of design-based professional work.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27933 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27933 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6392 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6392 USD per year during 12 months.
  • Domestic: NZ$11,128.80
  • International: NZ$48,622

Living costs for Auckland

1400 - 2200 NZD /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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