Master of Urban Design

Learn how to shape the lived experience of Australians with a Master of Urban Design. The masters course is available 100% online and is ideal for working professionals.
Master of Urban Design

An urban design masters gives you the training and qualifications to compete for top jobs in the field. You receive the kind of instruction and development opportunities that are only available in a postgraduate program.

A Masters of Urban Design course can build your hands-on skills in areas such as drawing, analysis and design. You also have the opportunity to become knowledgeable in urban planning, a quality that employers value.

UTS Master of Urban Design (Online)

The UTS Online Master of Urban Design is designed for professionals with a background in areas such as architecture, strategic planning or environmental science, who want to develop their practical design capabilities to shape the sustainable design of urban living. Through industry-informed course content and studio-based projects, you will learn to design resilient and creative solutions that enhance the lived experience at any urban scale. This course is delivered 100% online, enabling you to continue working full-time while gaining practical design skills to advance your career.

What is Urban Design?

Urban design

Urban design is the strategic planning of cities and towns to meet aesthetic and functional objectives.

  • Urban design differs from architecture, which focuses on individual buildings.
  • Urban designers work on a large scale that takes in groups of buildings, streets and public spaces, and neighbourhoods and districts.

An urban design team may consist of built environment professionals with many different specialisations, including in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and civil and municipal engineering.

Developers and builders also play important roles in the execution of urban plans. They help ensure new buildings fit within the broader design.

Urban environments that are compact and walkable provide the most sustainable form of modern living. Spaces need to be built on the scale of humans rather than machines. They should provide a good mixture of uses and services, allowing you to do most things within walking or, at least, cycling distance of home.

A high-functioning urban space provides a range of housing options, giving different types of household units the opportunity to live there. Ideally, they are connected to extensive train systems. They make it easy to include walking and/or cycling in daily life. To be sustainable, an urban space may contain green buildings and draw on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Smart urban design brings together ideas and plans for energy-efficient living. At the same time, good design creates enjoyable places to live, work and recreate.

In an era of rising energy costs, the payoff from a low-energy lifestyle is only growing.

For example, designing urban areas to lessen our dependence on cars supports sustainability. Fewer cars reduces energy use and lowers carbon emissions. As added bonuses, reducing dependence on cars eases road congestion and puts more things close to home. All these things serve to boost our quality of life.