BA Urban Planning and Design

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The BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design programme offers students the opportunity to study both local and international urban and rural landscapes in a dynamic and supportive learning environment. Students will be able to equip themselves with knowledge and skills to analyse, critique and, ultimately, contribute to the sustainability of urban and rural development both in China and around the world. On completion, students will be able to work in sectors such as urban planning, urban design, city management, central and local government policy, consultancy, and real estate development.

Urban planning and design students learn how to formulate strategic plans, design liveable spaces and create public places. You will consider the social, economic and environmental needs of a town or city and the impact of those on the built environment, helping companies and governments make difficult decisions on the use of land including whether to develop, what to develop and how to develop. In recent years, urban planning and design has become particularly concerned with the preservation and impact of the natural environment, for example, how we deal with the growing pollution in our cities and concerns about natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. Other concerns include the scarcity of land and how to achieve an efficient and effective use of space. The rate of development in China means that good planning is essential. The BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design programme at XJTLU is international in focus and has been designed to help students appreciate the similarities and differences between planning in China, the UK and other countries throughout the world.

Why should I study Urban Planning and Design at XJTLU?

  • Our globally competitive, professional programme is unique in its focus on both local Chinese and international planning systems and urban design practice
  • You will be offered a range of learning experiences such as interactive studios, field surveys and local and international field classes and design workshops
  • The Department of Urban Planning and Design offers a supportive learning environment which encourages you to become an independent active learner and critical thinker
  • Gain transferable skills that provide a platform for success in your future study or employment in planning and urban design-related fields
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities
Qualification XJTLU BEng Urban Planning and Design University of Liverpool BA Urban Planning and Design
BEng Urban Planning and Design
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Knowledge and skills

On successful completion of the BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design programme, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of the natural, economic, socio-economic and political factors that are shaping our surroundings
  • knowledge and understanding of how the built and natural environment is managed in different places around the world
  • an understanding of the role, scope and limitations of contemporary town and regional planning in contributing to the management of growth and change, and the conservation of the built and natural environment
  • knowledge and understanding of the legal basis for action in environment and planning and the relationship between planning and environmental issues
  • an appreciation of decision-making processes that represent the views of the diverse communities who are affected by those decisions
  • an ability to think clearly and critically, to reason logically and to undertake systematic research
  • techniques in computing, numeracy, design and various forms of communication
  • skills in teamwork to achieve prescribed tasks collectively
  • the ability to reflect critically on your studies and learning

Studying in XJTLU tops that all by giving a whole new level, as XJTLU combines Chinese perspective with that of International one.

Randy Rizal Student, BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design, Indonesia



There is a high demand for graduates with knowledge of urban planning and design, so you will have many different options to choose from including:

  • policy planner: developing plans for the future of countries, cities and communities
  • urban designer: creating attractive, safe and pleasant places in which to live, work or visit
  • property developer: the right developments for the right place
  • transport planner: finding sustainable transport solutions
  • environmental planner: tackling the effects of climate change
  • regeneration planner: bringing life to places that have become run-down
  • conservation planner: helping to protect our natural resources and heritages
  • community planner: engaging with people about how their communities are developed
  • smart city planner: promoting future cities that incorporate the latest in new technologies


Entry requirements

Please visit the entry requirements page for the comprehensive list of qualifications required to study at XJTLU.

Having graduated from XJTLU, I earned a master degree in Environmental and Sustainable Development from UCL, and now I’m working as an officer of the Energy and Climate Change program at Global Environmental Institute, a Chinese environmental NGO. My career path thus far would not be possible without my four-year study experience at UPD. This BA/BEng programme not only equipped me with knowledge of urban planning and design, but also gave me the chance to enhance my leadership skills including conducting group-based work and research. Above all, UPD is truly a student-centered place that provides considerable learning opportunities and emphasizes personal development.

Xinran Yan Alumna, BA/BEng Urban Planning and Design, China

How to apply

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