M.Sc. Blended

Sustainable Urban Development

University of Oxford

24 months
9495 GBP/year
9495 GBP/year
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The two-year MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford will provide a rigorous and critical understanding of the policy and practice of sustainable urban development. The course exposes students to sustainable urbanism as both an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary subject at global and local scales.


About this course

Attention is paid to the intellectual history of sustainable urban development, its current and future applications and practice, and the contemporary relevance of research to sustainable urban policy and practice across cities of the Global North and South.

The Sustainable Urban Development programme at the University of Oxford attracts a lively and engaged group of students, who combine postgraduate study with their professional lives, and an active alumni network. Students on the course come from a wide international background and share a variety of work experiences in urban development and the built environment.

The MSc is designed for those operating in a range of urban contexts worldwide - public, private or third sector organisations - and fosters collaboration, creativity, perspective-sharing and effective networking skills.  The MSc runs in partnership with The Prince's Foundation and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The course is delivered by University academics, industry experts, urban researchers and practitioners in the built environment. Regular contributors include the International Institute for Environment and Development and the University’s Transport Studies Unit.

Programme Structure

In the first year, you will study five interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teaching weeks:

  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Climate Change and the Built Environment
  • Place-making and Urban Design
  • Financing Sustainability
  • Sustainable Transport

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Applications may remain open after this deadline if places are still available


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a social science or science subject.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.
Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience
  • At least two years’ research or professional work experience in urban development is normally required. 
  • An ability to work both independently and in groups is essential.
  • Publications are not expected or required for admission, but any can be listed on the CV.

Tuition Fee

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    9495 GBP/year
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  • National

    9495 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9495 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 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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