MSc Urban Planning

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Overview

The MSc Urban Planning programme, offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design at XJTLU, provides you with an international grounding in urban planning that is centred on the theme of urban regeneration.

China is experiencing unprecedented urbanisation in terms of the speed and nature of growth. One of the key issues for future practitioners will be how to deal with the challenge of reusing, transforming, and regenerating the existing urban fabrics of China’s megacities in order to achieve a more sustainable model of urbanisation.

The programme suits students from a range of different backgrounds and it is not limited to those who have undertaken an urban planning undergraduate degree. One of the aims of the programme is to offer a multidisciplinary perspective on the issue of urban regeneration. Staff teaching on the programme offer varying expertise from a range of disciplines including urban planning and design, project management, policy design, and geography. In addition, staff offer a variety of international perspectives including those anchored in Western European, East Asian, and North American theoretical debates.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Why should I study Urban Planning at XJTLU?

The regeneration of existing urban areas will lead China's urbanisation process in the years to come. The MSc Urban Planning programme is particularly designed to help future planners comprehensively tackle urban regeneration problems in diverse contexts. The city of Suzhou, which blends history and modernity, is an ideal place to explore Chinese contemporary cities and planning practices.

Knowledge and skills

Throughout this programme, you will be introduced to theories and techniques that will allow you to approach urban planning in a critical, communicative and people-oriented way. Students graduate with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary urban problems and possible planning responses, as well as a mastery of the techniques and procedural skills necessary for effective work in the planning profession.

Studying at XJTLU enables us to think and act globally in terms of both academic work and daily life, which is the foundation for becoming global citizens.

Gao Du Student, MSc Urban Planning, China

Modules

Careers

The MSc Urban Planning programme provides a solid basis for a range of careers across the world. These include but are not limited to urban planning, policy development, urban design, property development, working with community groups as an advocate to give them a voice in built environment decision-making processes, working with local and central government, and working with non-governmental organisations.

Fees

Scholarships

XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

UK

Upper second class (2:1) honours

China

  • 1st tier universities: 75 percent or above
  • 2nd tier universities: 80 percent or above

Note: Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.

North America

3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

Other regions

Equivalent academic qualifications

Academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as urban planning and design, architecture, geography, economics, management, environmental science, social or public policy.

English language requirements

If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.

If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.

Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.

We train planners who are international in perspective while sensitive to local specificities and contexts. Equipped with the right combination of knowledge, skills and attitude, our graduates will strive to shape a sustainabe urban future.

Dr Sheng Zhong Programme director, MSc Urban Planning

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

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  3. Complete your application

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