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The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme allows you to engage in the complex issues of urban space production in the dynamic Chinese context.

You will learn to consider the interplay between spatial design and social, economic, environmental and political issues evident in a range of urban settings. Taught with an interdisciplinary approach to the development of urban form, the programme is not limited to those with architecture or urban planning backgrounds – it is relevant to anyone interested in understanding the nature and production of spaces.

Our international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, offering you the chance to learn in a supportive, integrated learning environment.

Note: For students from this programme who need degree verifications from the Ministry of Education of China, the degree verification only indicates the degree title “Urban Planning “, without the specialisation in brackets.


  • Study in the Suzhou-Shanghai region, one of the most exciting environments to learn about and experiment with urban design in the 21st century
  • Gain a multidisciplinary perspective with modules taught by both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning and Design
  • Learn in an international environment from staff with strong academic backgrounds and industry experience
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree.
  • START DATE September 2024
  • ATTENDANCEFull time
  • DURATION18 months
  • LOCATIONSuzhou
  • SCHOOLDesign School

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design), you will have:

  • strong critical, creative thinking and communication skills
  • knowledge of the key theories and techniques of urban planning and design in a multidisciplinary context
  • professional design skills in spatial analysis, representation (mapping, models), and conceptualisation (such as scenario-and vision-making).
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The Yangtze River Delta is one of the most exciting environments in which to learn about and experiment with urban design in the 21st century. This region is entrenched in its long history and traditional culture, yet is also transforming into a modern metropolis before our eyes.
Shih-Yang Kao
Programme director

Modules*Programme modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

The university offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Trainings, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both university and school/department levels. You may also be provided with opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Depending on the programme, field trips and company visits may be organized, and invited talks may be given by the industrial experts and professionals. Such activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall employability.

This masters gives you a unique opportunity to learn about urban design from an international perspective but in a Chinese context. In the process of studying, I practiced my professional skills and presentation skills, applying the theory I learned into design practice. Also, I have made great friends with classmates and professors from around the world.
Yuan Xu
Student, MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design)


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for careers as urban designers in both public and private sector companies related to the built environment. Graduates can find employment in positions such as urban or regional planners, where they will develop plans for the use of land, help create communities, accommodate population growth, and regenerate facilities.

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