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CHINA - Mainland CHINA - Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan GLOBAL


The MSc Urban Planning programme provides you with an international grounding in urban planning 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 with an urban planning undergraduate degree. Through the programme you will gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills required to become an urban planner, capable of tackling urban regeneration challenges in diverse contexts, and of providing a vision for future cities.

Why should I study Urban Planning at XJTLU?

  • Gain a multidisciplinary perspective on urban regeneration, learning from academics from a range of disciplines (including urban planning and design, project management, policy design and geography) in a research-led teaching environment
  • Benefit from the University's strategic location of Suzhou, which blends history and modernity, making it an ideal place to explore Chinese contemporary cities and planning practices
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education and worldwide.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MSc Urban Planning, you will have:

  • knowledge of the key theories and techniques that allow you to approach urban planning in a critical, communicative, collective and people-oriented way
  • a comprehensive understanding of contemporary urban problems and possible planning responses
  • the professional competency necessary for effective work in the urban planning profession.
This programme will provide you with not only subject-based knowledge and skills, but also adaptive learning capabilities, collaborative decision-making competency, action-oriented critical and systemic thinking, the ability to handle uncertainty and other attributes that a future planner needs to manage.
Bing Chen
Programme director


Studying here enables us to think and act globally in both academic work and daily life, which is the foundation for becoming global citizens.
Gao Du
Student, MSc Urban Planning, China


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for careers in a range of areas including urban planning, policy development, urban design, and property development. Graduates may also find employment with community groups as an advocate to give them a voice in built environment decision-making processes, or with local and central government, and non-governmental organisations both national and international.