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BA (Hons)Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture

Tuition fee £12,500.00 per year
Course code 4J12
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The aim of this new integrated degree course is to enable you to develop a broad understanding of urban planning and architectural design, and the contribution they can make to sustainable development. You will be equipped to work in an international interdisciplinary context.

The course will offer the first step in becoming a professional planner with a difference – a professional planner who has skills in architectural design and site planning, who can understand the forces that shape towns and cities and the challenges of climate change, and who can make a valuable contribution to sustainable development in an international context.

The assessments on this multi-disciplinary course include written and graphic work, with a creative element, therefore this course is particularly suitable for creative students who also have ability in written work.

Programme structure

Subjects of study include:

Contemporary Issues in Designing Cities
Construction and Environmental Design
Development Process and Property Markets
History of Architectural and Urban Form
Option or elective
Project: Skills for Planning and Architecture
Project: Planning for Integrated Neighbourhoods
Project: Planning Policy and Design Intervention
Project: Regeneration and Development (with international field trip)
Project: Townscape and Conservation
Research Report
Strategic Spatial Planning
Sustainability and Environment
Work Experience and Professional Practice

Career opportunities

There is a buoyant employment market for professional urban planners in private consultancies and in the public sector, in the UK and many other parts of the world. Planners with a good understanding of design are particularly in demand. You could be employed in a diverse range of roles including:

Developing planning policy
Master planning
Urban design
Heritage and conservation
Developing and implementing urban development and regeneration projects

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States