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Architecture, Cities and Urbanism - MA

London Metropolitan University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Aldgate

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Why study this course?

Urban design is a growing profession. Join a course that has led to careers in local government, planning, development and regeneration, and expand your career prospects across architecture, design and research.

Our Architecture, Cities and Urbanism MA focuses on problem-based learning in urban contexts. During the course you will work to define urban, social, economic and policy problems. Spatial design will help you both as a research tool to explore possible solutions, and as a container to situate and analyse other types of research knowledge.

More about this course

Whilst based at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass), teaching for this master’s degree is flexible and responsive, taking place in studios, seminars, workshops, presentations, at exhibitions, on walks and through social media and other online communication tools. This range of teaching methods allows tutors to adapt as your needs change throughout the course.

Over the academic year you’ll witness your work evolve and develop as you complete your portfolio-based assessments. Thanks to our atelier system of studios and units, you’ll study alongside architecture students, with a choice of postgraduate units to study in.

The lecturers are contemporary urban practitioners and researchers, and numerous guests and commentators are also invited to participate. As a result you’ll begin to build a network of relevant contacts, all the while keeping up with the latest developments in urban design and planning.

You’ll learn how to use the tools of urban design and urban research with a promotional approach, as a prompt for policy change and as a form of activism, which in turn will help you to effect real change in the specialism you later pursue.

Courses in architecture at London Met have gained a significant reputation for demonstrating a broad expertise in urban matters, as well as in the detail of architecture. Cass Cities, the research group behind this degree, undertakes extensive research activity that will support your study experience.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of coursework, which is split across the following:

portfolios
reports
case studies
exhibitions
presentations
written work (both academic and informal, in order to reflect the skillset required in the professional and activist world of urban change and spatial planning)

After the course

The course would suit you if you are:

a practising planner, architect or other design professional wishing to specialise in urban design
an urban design practitioner who requires knowledge of spatial planning
a graduate with a relevant degree, wishing to obtain a postgraduate qualification in planning and urban design
a student with a relevant London Metropolitan University undergraduate degree, especially an architecture degree, who wishes to progress into one of the above professions
a MArch student hoping to gain a planning qualification in addition to RIBA Part 2.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,750per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

London Metropolitan University

  • University League Table

    118th

  • Campus address

    London Metropolitan University, Admissions Office, 166-220 Holloway Road, City of London, N7 8DB, England

Both campuses are in the heart of London, arguably the best city in the world for university students.
London Met is home to a hugely diverse community, with students from more than 140 different nationalities.
The dedicated international team organises induction events and can advise on immigration issues including visas, family and dependants, and work opportunities.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 59 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    116 59%

    40th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    39th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%

    30th

    5

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