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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: This programme is awaiting official recognition from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Why should I study Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) at XJTLU?

  • 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.

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).
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


  • Core modules


  • Additional learning activities

    The completion of additional learning activities is required to obtain your master degree. The programme includes a total of 600 hours of Additional Learning Activities, most of which are chosen individually by students. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester. They should normally be spread equally over teaching semesters and the summer and winter breaks.

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.