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MSc Integrated Urbanism Who is it for?


You are a graduate in a related area who would like to complement or enhance your initial education and training or acquire a new expertise in the field of urbanism.


About the Course


The programme provides an exciting, innovative new course being offered by the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment, which brings together expertise from the University of Northampton, University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK) and Moulton College. It addresses one of the greatest challenges of urbanisation: the creation of sustainable urban environments which take into account the complex nature of the shared human life and limited resources. It focuses on advocacy and collaboration as a process of negotiation and reconciliation and creative thinking.


within communities, addressing the patterns of daily life, the importance of design and public space and the changing nature of community.


Urban Economics: Development, Planning and Democracy


This module critically examines the underlying economic, technological, climate change and political forces that determine urban form and function.


Urban Psychology: Health and Wellbeing


This module will critically explore various scientific, philosophical and theoretical standpoints that help understand the experiences, expectations, behaviours and sensual engagement of people through the way we are inextricably linked to the environment implicating our mental health and feelings of wellbeing.


Course Content The MSc Integrated Urbanism consists of:


• Six theory and research-based modules across core themes within the field of urbanism drawing from multiple disciplines.


• Two major design and research-based modules explore these themes in integrated projects which offer the opportunity for critical exploration of sustainable urban development through analysis and conceptualisation.


• The final thesis offers the opportunity for an in-depth inquiry into a project of your choice, leading to a practice- orientated document which links academe and professional practice.


Modules


Urbanism, Design and Architecture: Theory and History


The module addresses the historical and contemporary process of urbanisation and its challenges for the future.


Urban Sociology: Place, Space and Communities


This module will engage you in thinking critically about place, space and community from a sociological perspective, through understanding the dynamics of people


Smart Cities: Paradigm Ideopolis


This module explores how cities established over time and through history.


Urban Landscape: Ecology and Design This module will focus on applying landscape ecology and ecological solutions to the strategic design of urban infrastructure.


Integrated Urban Design One: People, Dwellings, Heritage


This module critically explores urban design as a culturally determined practice in national and international contexts.


Integrated Urban Design Two: Cities, Regeneration, Growth


This module addresses the role urban design plays in the creation of successful (and unsuccessful) cities, including the impact of large scale urban regeneration and expansion, decision-making processes, governance and ownership of strategies and objectives.


Integrated Urbanism Thesis


The thesis is an independent individual project that is the culmination of your work on the programme, providing the opportunity to study a particular area of urbanism in-depth and over a sustained period of time.


Assessment


All assignments are based on course work; there are no examinations. The design modules are assessed by design project work which together with more text-based assignments allow you to compile a comprehensive documentation of a variety of transferable presentation skills.


Career Opportunities


Graduates will be equipped to contribute to professional and academic fields of urbanism at many levels of society, for instance in planning, urban design and architecture practices, but also in government and policy-making as well as research and teaching.


Duration of Course


The course begins in September and runs for 12 months.


Entry Requirements


You should normally have or have the equivalent of a First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a range of fields, including planning, landscape, architecture, design, civil and structural engineering, surveying, transport, geography, social sciences etc. Candidates need a high level of competence in both spoken and written English (IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band).


Applicants are selected on the basis of information provided in the application form, the personal statement and academic and or professional reference. The following criteria are taken into account:


• Formal qualifications and professional experience


• Evidence of spoken and written English


We are looking for perceptive and creative candidates who are self-motivated, passionate and curious about urbanism.


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