• Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration

About

The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is not limited to those with architecture or urban planning backgrounds, rather it is relevant for all interested in understanding the nature and production of spaces. First-class international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. They offer varied perspectives on Urban Design as a truly interdisciplinary programme.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Note: This programme is awaiting official recognition from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Careers

Urban designers are increasingly sought after in both public and private sector companies related to the built environment. They are particularly appreciated for their creative, communication and interdisciplinary skills.

Graduates of this programme can expect to pursue careers as urban or regional planners, developing plans for the use of land, helping to create communities, accommodate population growth, and regenerate facilities in urban areas.

China's fast-paced development means that opportunities for graduates with urban design knowledge will be plentiful.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of urban design
  • Place-making and urban design (studio)
  • Architectural theory and criticism
  • Urban design Inquiry (studio)
  • Sustainable urban planning strategies
  • Dissertation

        Detailed Programme Facts

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:

          90

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        • Minimum required score:

          6.5

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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Upper Second Class

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        UK:

        • Upper second class (2:1) honours

        China:

        • 211 Project; Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai Ranking--75 percent or above
        • Non 211 project; Non Top 100 of 2018 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% percent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution

        Note: Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.

        North America:

        • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme
        OTHER REGIONS
        • Equivalent academic qualifications

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          8640 USD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 12960 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
        • National Applies to you

          8640 USD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 12960 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        RMB 90,000 for the entire programme.

        If you are a graduate of XJTLU, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

        Living costs for Suzhou

        • 3000 - 5500 CNY/month
          Living Costs

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

        Funding

        The total amount of the scholarship for each awardee is 30,000RMB. As it is directly reduced from the tuition fees, awardees of this scholarship only have to pay partial tuition fees when they enrol at the University.

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