Urban Design MA

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

The aim of this course is to develop advanced urban design skills, with a particular emphasis on designing sustainable and health promoting cities, and informing the re-use of urban landscapes and neighborhoods.

Start date

24 September 2018

Duration

28 months part-time – September start
Full-time option also available

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472281

About the course

This aim of this course is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively intervene in the urban design process.

In an age of globalisation, where cities are rapidly transforming, that give rise to urban sprawl and the re-use of existing infill sites, there is an urgent need to develop expertise in urban design in order to adequately address these fast-changing conditions.

At the same time, there is growing recognition of the challenges facing regional locations, in particular how relationships between urban and rural territories need to become more effectively managed through adequate infrastructure and a clearer vision of measured and sustainable growth that will benefit future generations. Environmental, social and economic changes are imposing significant pressures on the sustainability of urban settlements, with consequential and long-term impacts on the quality of life.

Features include:


• The location of the University within the Yorkshire region gives students an opportunity to engage directly with a changing local and regional context, particularly in the areas of post-industrial transformations, creatively led regeneration processes and urban-rural developments.


• Excellent international networks and joint activities with other institutions/research centres across the globe, including: the University of Seville in Spain, Tongji University of Shanghai in China, the University of Padova and Pavia in Italy)


• Projects with industry and community stakeholders (e.g. Kirklees Council)


• Seminars by leading practitioners, researchers and visiting professors from a number of highly-ranked universities

Huddersfield is an amazing town for investigating urban regeneration and recent trends in urbanism. The University offers great facilities with many places to visit nearby.

Ioanni Delsante

Dr Ioanni Delsante, Reader in Urban Design

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.
  • International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English. If below the required level you may be able to take one of our pre-sessional English courses.
  • All suitably qualified applicants are normally interviewed or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements. Interview will be by portfolio of practice based and/or theoretical work and a statement of intent.
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Course Detail

The course will cover the following key themes:

Integrated Urban Design and Architecture

This module you will give you the opportunity to carry out a detailed survey and analytical study of an existing urban context and prepare strategic proposals for the further development and/or regeneration of the site in relationship to broader social, economic and environmental issues. You will then develop a design project at an appropriate scale for further exploration and resolution of a group of buildings and/or public spaces.

Theory History and Emerging Urban Trends

The core aim of this module therefore is to provide you with a foundation for acquiring knowledge, understanding and skills in the interpretation of contemporary urban settlements and their historical antecedents. Cities, and more generally urban settlements, reflect societal, economic and political structures, many of which are manifested in their formal and topographical features. The module aims to trace key historical changes in the development of cities, and how these culminated in the development of the contemporary metropolis. The recent phenomena, of rapid expansion, or shrinking, of urban territories will be studied and analysed, providing analytical tools and cultural, political and economic contexts for interpretation.

Urban Design Planning and Development

This module aims to provide you with a grounding in the main features of urban scale projects in respect to planning requirements and economic feasibility in the development of urban programmes. The module aims to highlight the influence of these criteria on the development of an urban design strategy, by demonstrating how social, economic and planning issues can inform the different stages of the design process, from initial urban analysis to the creation of a strategic plan.

Research Methods

The research methods module introduces students to a variety of methods, approaches and practical issues involved in conducting academic research. It will give you the chance to become familiar with the key elements involved in designing, carrying out and assessing research relevant to a range of built environment disciplines. The objectives of this module are: to define a topic which is both researchable and manageable within the bounds of a Master’s dissertation/project; to conduct a preliminary literature search and synthesis, providing a background and justification to the research project; to establish clear aims and objectives for the research to specify the detailed plan to be carried out; and to produce a structure for the research which indicates the sources and methods to be employed and a feasible working programme.

Major Project

This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a major, in-depth piece of work along with other This includes a largely self-directed study, of what you have gained from the course and, often, to integrate it with elements from previous studies or professional experiences. It gives the opportunity for you to develop your research skills and abilities, allowing exploration of a particular and complex area covered in the taught elements of your course of study. The major project represents a study of a specified topic based on the gathering and analysis of primary and secondary data, contextualised within existing knowledge in the field and drawing conclusions to a defined research question.

You will be taught through a series of seminars, tutorials, group work, practical experience and lectures.

Assessment will include coursework, presentation, work-based learning and examination.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

What can I research?

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities.Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you have the opportunity to benefit and develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

Centre for Urban Design, Architecture, and Sustainability (CUDAS)

CUDAS comprises three research themes: Urban Design, Architectural Practice and Humanities, and Sustainable Environments and Practice, which constitute the main areas of research focus in the Department of Architecture and 3D Design.

For more information visit:CUDAS

Urban Futures and Design Lab

This is a newly established research group, within the CUDAS Research Centre. Chaired by Dr Ioanni Delsante (Reader in Urban Design), it is based on an interdisciplinary approach that challenges disciplinary boundaries. Its vision is centred around recent and un-explored urban trends in Europe, Asia, and globally. Its research activities focus on complex urban regeneration processes, dealing also with policies and practices, use of advanced theoretical knowledge and analytical methods. A number of research and institutional links have been established with Higher Education Institutions and Research Centres across the world e.g. in Brazil, China, Middle East and Europe.

For more information visit: Urban Futures Design Lab

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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