University of Sheffield

Department of Urban Studies and Planning
MA Urban Design and Planning

The MA Urban Design and Planning is a 12 month course and jointly delivered with the School of Architecture, and accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a Specialist Planning Programme. This innovative one-year masters will give you a head start for a career in the planning and urban design professions, the course also includes opportunities to learn about development and design issues faced in the Global South. You'll develop knowledge of the factors that shape cities and rural areas, along with research, policy making and design skills, an understanding of the application of research in public policy-making and evaluation, and a deeper knowledge of a selected specialist aspect of planning.

Working across Architecture and Planning allows you to develop a distinctive approach to urban design and development which is ideally suited to the challenge of managing rapid urban growth and change.


Holistic, interdisciplinary focus developing skills in urban design and urban planning, and developing understanding of real estate development processes. International focus - with opportunities to develop skills in analysing, designing, and managing rapidly urbanising areas whilst also learning from the UK urban experience. There are a wide range of engaging elective modules, allowing you to develop specialist knowledge in planning, architecture and design, or real estate. Plus there's a fully supervised Thesis Design Project or Research Dissertation allowing you to combine your knowledge and skills in design, planning, and property development. You'll be taught by experts in their field, based in two of UK's leading schools of Architecture and Planning, giving you a truly interdisciplinary experience.

Driven by innovation in both research and teaching, we equip students with the principles, techniques and skills required to harness new and emerging technologies for design visualisation. By integrating Virtual and Augmented Reality into learning and teaching, we ensure that our students are given the best preparation for a career in urban design in the 21st century.

A Portfolio is not required for admission to this course. Programme Director Bobby Nisha also runs a dedicated blog for Urban Design and Planning.

To know more about our research-led teaching in Virtual reality visit: Urban Design with Virtual Reality.


General Contact

Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND
United Kingdom

Key Contact

Dr Bobby Nisha
+44 114 222 6934
Course Duration
12 months full time