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Master of Urban Design

Overview

The Master of Urban Design is 1.5-year program that will develop your leadership and expertise in urban design and urbanism with a strong emphasis on sustainability, quantification and implementation. A key feature of this degree is its multidisciplinary outlook and emphasis on communication and collaboration that emulates real-world practice. The program's core units will provide you with an appreciation and understanding of the historical and theoretical dimensions of urbanism and design, urban morphology and the relationship between ecological processes and city form. While design is an important aspect that is at the core of the Diploma and Master's degrees, there is universal recognition that the defining aspects of urban design practice is its integrating role in multidisciplinary teams. Students will develop the ability to analyse contexts, define principles and provide guidance for future designers of buildings, landscapes and the public domain. This `indirectdesign aspect of the built environment requires a related but distinct set of skills including facilitation, collaboration and communication in addition to being able to think spatially and communicate visually. These skills are not the exclusive domain of `designersand people from a range of backgrounds and capabilities are welcomed into an urban design program that aims to be multidisciplinary and emulate practice. Core units may be complemented with electives that will strengthen your knowledge in related fields: for example, architects can take electives in planning and planners can extend their understanding of architecture. All students can reinforce their knowledge of sustainability. This cross- pollination nurtures more effective urban design and gives you the flexibility to build your course of study around your interests and professional aspirations.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

Research areas

What you'll study

Unit of Study information on faculty page
Study plan
The Master of Urban Design (Urban Design and Planning), is a two-year degree that incorporates the key elements of both the Master of Urban Design and Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Completion requirement

Capstone (compulsory project)

Assumed knowledge

Applying for honours

Admission requirement

Admission to the Master of Urban Design requires an undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or related field with a WAM of at least 65 or completion of the requirements of the embedded Graduate Certificate with a WAM of at least 65. You are required to submit a digital portfolio as part of your online application, and records of work and travel or study related to urban design or a related discipline to enable your expertise to be assessed. If group or professional work, it is important that you indicate clearly your particular role in producing each item of submitted work. Applicants' portfolios should be uploaded with other application materials via Sydney Student. The portfolio file must be PDF format and no larger than 10Mb.

Course opportunities

Option to combine with

Professional accreditation

http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/architecture/postgraduate/coursework/urban_design.shtml#course_rules
Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Graduate opportunities

Over 200 students have graduated from the program to go on to occupy positions in both the private and public sector in cities across Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Graduates are able to bridge the concerns of architecture and planning, think strategically, appreciate scale and qualities of place and communicate urban design principles to a wide range of audiences. Graduates of the Master of Urban Design (Urban Design and Planning) degree are eligible, subject to professional experience requirements, for corporate membership of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Career information for UAC

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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