Course Description

The Master of Urban Design is 1.5-year program that will develop your leadership and expertise in urban design and urbanism with a strong emphasis on sustainability, quantification and implementation. A key feature of this degree is its multidisciplinary outlook and emphasis on communication and collaboration that emulates real-world practice.

The program’s core units will provide you with an appreciation and understanding of the historical and theoretical dimensions of urbanism and design, urban morphology and the relationship between ecological processes and city form.

While design is an important aspect that is at the core of the Diploma and Master’s degrees, there is universal recognition that the defining aspects of urban design practice is its integrating role in multidisciplinary teams.

Students will develop the ability to analyse contexts, define principles and provide guidance for future designers of buildings, landscapes and the public domain.

This ‘indirect’ design aspect of the built environment requires a related but distinct set of skills including facilitation, collaboration and communication in addition to being able to think spatially and communicate visually.

These skills are not the exclusive domain of ‘designers’ and people from a range of backgrounds and capabilities are welcomed into an urban design program that aims to be multidisciplinary and emulate practice.

Core units may be complemented with electives that will strengthen your knowledge in related fields: for example, architects can take electives in planning and planners can extend their understanding of architecture. All students can reinforce their knowledge of sustainability. This cross- pollination nurtures more effective urban design and gives you the flexibility to build your course of study around your interests and professional aspirations.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $22,000 total course cost.
International Students: $30,500 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 67.4% (national average 66.5%)
Improved skills: 79.4% (national average 79.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.0% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.5% (national average 83.4%)
Studying full time: 2.3% (national average 5.0%)
Median full time salary: $64,000 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 000681C
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAURBDES4000

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