MSc in Sustainable Urban Development
|Types||Oxford Qualification - Part-time|
|Dates||Mon 13 Oct 2014 to Fri 23 Sep 2016|
|Subject area(s)||Environmental Sciences|
Town and Country Planning
|Fees||For 2014 entry £31,845 (includes college fees). Scholarship/Awards available, see details below|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Application deadline||Fri 14 March 2014|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1865 286953.|
OverviewMSc SUD Programme Specification .
Due to the demand for places, candidates are strongly advised to apply as early as possible, and no later than 14 March 2014 (for October 2014 entry). Click here for How to Apply. Funding opportunities are linked each year to the January deadline.
The University of Oxford’s MSc in Sustainable Urban Development offers a worldview of urban sustainability and resilience, linking research to policy and practice. The course provides meaningful, up-to-date learning to enhance your professional development and opportunities in a global interdisciplinary context, led by industry and academic expertise.
Taught part-time, normally across two years, students attend eight intensive week long teaching sessions in both Oxford and London, complementing in-class learning with independent study and research.
Delivered in partnership with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community and recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the MSc is aimed at a global professional community seeking to advance in sectors encompassing planning, construction, finance, governance, toward building sustainable urban futures
Extra value is added through further knowledge sharing and networking. Students are often able to enrich their understanding via listening to and engaging with visiting senior figures in the field, such as Lord Norman Foster, and immersing themselves in other streams of current Oxford research.
Hear what our students have to say (links to YouTube).
Who is it for?
As a multi-disciplinary part-time course, the MSc is aimed at professionals worldwide operating across a spectrum of specialisms. Professionals recently represented include architects, business directors, consultants, educators, engineers, environmental lawyers, financiers, land economists, land managers, planners, property developers, and surveyors, as well as those working in large-scale project management. Increasingly, the course attracts recent graduates (holding relevant experience/internships) and those seeking to switch career or widen skills-sets.
Our student intake is global. Students have joined us from the UK, Azerbaijan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Fiji, India, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Phillippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Syria, and the USA.
“With more than half of the world’s population now living in urban areas,” Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, declares that “this is the urban century.”
This figure is set to increase to 60% of the global population by 2030, and up to 70% by the middle of this century (UN-Habitat 2012); planners and decision-makers therefore are faced with the urgent task of negotiating complex and challenging urban demands while simultaneously incorporating shared concerns for the social, economic and environmental well-being of urban communities.
The MSc offers an approach that is both focused and holistic rooted in the idea of sustainable development that includes science, business development, trade, human development, values, and differences in cultures and genders.
FeaturesTeaching is delivered by a dynamic collective of lecturers, industry experts and researchers, and the MSc typically operates in close association with academics from across the University's research community, and beyond, such as:
- School of Geography and The Environment
- Transport Studies Unit
- Faculty of Law
- and the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities
Typically there are six to eight weeks between each teaching session, during which students should expect to spend an average of between 10 to 15 hours per week on independent study. This allows international students and students working full-time to manage their learning flexibly.
Students and tutors are linked through the course's online portal. Not only does this operate as a key communications tool for project and group-based work, helping lay the foundation for an online academic community, but it also provides remote access to essential course materials.
Throughout the course, students have full access to the University's Bodleian Libraries (including e-books, journals, and extensive databases).
What do our students say?
"Led by top experts from a variety of fields, the course allows professionals to invest in their continuing education at the highest level of excellence without the need to postpone their career plans and professional commitments."
Student from Brazil, working as commercial and business development manager
"I get the chance to meet people from different professional backgrounds and learn from their experiences. Also, I find the rich mix of contributors to the MSUD course interesting, effective and helpful. The events during module days, such as dinners, seminar series and guest lectures, enrich my learning, and are also very useful for socializing with people outside the classroom, and enhancing networks."
Student from Azerbaijan, working as an advisor in the Chemicals industry.
"My learning will allow me to make a contribution to the built environment that is more relevant, sensible and whole"
Student from India, with 20 years’ experience in architectural design
"I’ve been a practitioner on a global scale for over six years and the ability to develop a strong academic foundation will simply allow me to develop better development solutions in the future. The course is unique in two ways. Firstly it's designed to cope with the time demands of current leaders in the field, who can participate whilst still doing the "day job". Secondly, the links with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and RICS add a unique and powerful perspective to the course."
Student from the UK, working as a brownfield regeneration manager in the Petroleum industry
The Programme has been carefully structured so as to be accessible for international students and for busy working professionals. Face-to-face teaching is offered via eight themed week-long teaching sessions. These will:
- introduce, analyse and synthesise the key elements of a particular subject area
- enable students to combine study with full-time work effectively
Commencing in October, the MSc runs for two years (five teaching weeks in Year 1; three in Year 2). Two of the eight teaching weeks are held at the offices of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community in Shoreditch, London. The remaining six are held in Oxford at the Department for Continuing Education.
The current eight teaching themes are as follows:
- Concepts of the City and Environmental Change
- Climate Change and the Built Environment
- Financing Sustainability
- Transport and Sustainability
- Urbanism and the Design Process
- Urbanisation in the Global South
- The Flexible City? Urban Theory, Practice and Project Management
Further description of these teaching themes can be found here: MSc in Sustainable Urban Development Teaching ThemesEach session comprises a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and one to one tutorials.
Selection criteriaThere may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.
Read full selection criteria
Dr David Howard
Role: Director & Tutor
Dr Johanna Waters
Role: Director & Tutor
Dr Idalina Baptista
Dr David Dodman
Dr Matthew Hardy
Dr Nigel Mehdi
Dr Nihan Akyelken
Prof Susan Bright
Dr Fai Fung
Course aimsThe over-arching aim is to provide students with a systematic understanding of core areas and advanced topics in Urbanism and Sustainability, the ability to evaluate empirical or primary evidence critically, and the conceptual understanding to marshal and present arguments and solutions based on primary data, theory and/or the application of sound reasoning. More specifically, the MSc aims to:
- Draw on the academic excellence of the University
- Draw on the academic excellence of the University
- Provide students with a rigorous and intellectually-demanding education in the fields of sustainable urban development
- Offer a programme with an international scope and a multidisciplinary structure that engages with state-of-the-art research and professional practice
- Explore the strengths of a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of sustainable urbanism
For each teaching theme students must satisfactorily complete an essay on a topic chosen by the academic team or suggested by the student with approval.
For all themes, the essay is a maximum of 3,000 words in length; the first essay is 'formative', and the mark does not count towards the overall result.
MSc students are required to submit a dissertation of up to 15,000 words in length. It is expected that the student will define their own dissertation topic in consultation with their allocated course supervisor and will engage in self-motivated research throughout their time on the course towards this. Training in research skills is built into teaching delivery, in order to help students make the most of this opportunity. Please click here for the range of dissertation titles submitted by previous students.
IT requirementsThis course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system. In order to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.
The Department offers a full residential and catering facility, with a range of both 3 and 4-star campus accommodation. 'Number 12', our recently refurbished Victorian on Wellington Square, right next to Rewley House, offers 9 superior en-suite bedrooms.
Accommodation costs are not included in course fees. All students can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme. See CONTED's web site for more detail.
ScholarshipsMSUD Scholarship and Award Scheme .
MSUD Moira Barrie Award .
Please see the University's Fees and Funding pages for help and information with regard to funding your studies. We further recommend that you search for funding opportunities via the online Fees, Funding and Scholarship search tool.
Programme Scholarship and Fee Award
The Sustainable Urban Development programme will offer one Scholarship and one Award to cover full and partial tuition fees respectively (for October 2014 entry). The Scheme is open to all new candidates for the MSc. Full details are provided within the PDF document posted to this page. No separate application process applies, but candidates seeking to be considered for the Scholarship or Award should apply by 24 January 2014 (the application must be deemed complete by this date). Both opportunities are intended to help candidates who would otherwise find it exceptionally difficult to secure full funding for the duration of their studies, and be unable to take up a place on the course if offered. All candidates wishing to be considered for one or both are asked to outline their case clearly within the written Personal Statement. Candidates should be able to present a consistent record of excellence both academically and professionally.Please note that all internal funding opportunities listed here are linked to the January deadline each year (for 2014 entry, the deadline for applications was 24 January).
Programme-based FundingIn recent years, the Programme has offered a full fees scholarship each year (in 2013/14, it also offered, in addition, a partial award of £10k). Opportunities for 2015 entry will be posted once they are finalised later this year. Such opportunities are open to all candidates for the MSc.
HEFCE funding opportunites, University of Oxford
For those submitting a complete application by 24 January 2014 (UK and EU new postgraduates only), candidates may be considered for one of over 100 new Oxford Graduate Scholarships, supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and other donors. Students must start their course in 2014-15. Funding covers all university and college fees, and awards a grant towards living costs. For further information on eligibility criteria, please visit the Graduate Scholarships webpage.
Clarendon Fund scholarship, University of Oxford
Applications received by the January 2014 deadline will also be considered for the University's Clarendon Fund scholarship. Awards are made based on academic excellence and potential across all subject areas, enabling the most distinguished scholars to study at the University of Oxford. No additional documentation needs to be completed. All Clarendon Scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full, and include a generous grant for living expenses. For further details and eligibility criteria please visit the Clarendon Fund website.
Aga Khan Foundation
Scholarships are available to fund postgraduate studies for outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Scholarships are awarded on a 50 per cent grant, 50 per cent loan basis and may be used for tuition fees and living expenses only.
Closing date: 31 Mar 14
Apply for this course
Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.
Early application for the programme is advised. Applications which have not been fully completed before our final applications deadline cannot be considered, so please ensure any applications are received by us in good time so that we may advise of missing or incorrectly completed elements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to telephone interview, and asked to provide evidence of their funding for the programme. We are pleased to offer students on this MSc tailored payment plans each year to help with spreading course costs.
If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying please contact the Programme Manager - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org