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Urban & Rural Design

This programme offers students the opportunity to gain specialisation on urban and rural design and planning that helps to create successful ‘places’ that are economically active, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The course explores the relationship between nature and built environment in both urban and rural settings. Most modules contain a significant practice-orientated component that focuses on developing the skills and knowledge necessary for working effectively in an increasingly urbanised and complex world.

Why Queen's?
The MSc is accredited as a standalone programme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), but only for graduates who have successfully completed an RTPI-accredited undergraduate programme, however, the School does offer an RTPI-accredited MSc programme for graduates from a range of non-planning backgrounds, for more information, please see the Planning section of the School website.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Students who have successfully completed the BSc in Planning, Environmental and Development can apply to this programme.

This course is also suitable for students from other spatial and Arts and Humanities related disciplines such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Visual Arts, Geography, Housing and Real Estate, Anthropology/Sociology and others.

This course is designed for students who go on to work in the build environment professions and those involved in community development, regeneration, real estate development and certain fields in the public service provision, local government and the voluntary sector. In recent years, the course has been designed particularly with global employers in mind and is attended by many international students.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years). For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

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Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
A range of career opportunities in the public and private sectors is available, particularly in multidisciplinary planning and architectural consultancies, urban and rural planning authorities, regeneration agencies and international development organisations.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Urmi Sengupta
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Tel: 9097 4486
Email: u.sengupta@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/space

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Semester 1
• Design and Regeneration
• Spatial Literacy in Design
• Urban Design in Practice

Semester 2
• Approaches to Property Development
• Rural Landscape & Design
• Design for Sustainable Communities

Semester 3
• Individual Design Project (IDP)

Comment

Why Queen's
The MSc is accredited as a standalone programme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), but only for graduates who have successfully completed an RTPI-accredited undergraduate programme, however, the School does offer an RTPI-accredited MSc programme for graduates from a range of non-planning backgrounds, for more information, please see the Planning section of the School website.

Assessment method

Assessment is by a variety of methods including formal examination, individual and group project submissions and individual assessment of specialist subject through Individual Design Project (IDP).

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research
There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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