Urban design is a growing profession. Join a course that has led to careers in local government, planning, development and regeneration, and expand your career prospects across architecture, design and research.
Our Architecture, Cities and Urbanism MA focuses on problem-based learning in urban contexts. During the course you will work to define urban, social, economic and policy problems. Spatial design will help you both as a research tool to explore possible solutions, and as a container to situate and analyse other types of research knowledge.
Whilst based at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass), teaching for this master’s degree is flexible and responsive, taking place in studios, seminars, workshops, presentations, at exhibitions, on walks and through social media and other online communication tools. This range of teaching methods allows tutors to adapt as your needs change throughout the course.
Over the academic year you’ll witness your work evolve and develop as you complete your portfolio-based assessments. Thanks to our atelier system of studios and units, you’ll study alongside architecture students, with a choice of postgraduate units to study in.
The lecturers are contemporary urban practitioners and researchers, and numerous guests and commentators are also invited to participate. As a result you’ll begin to build a network of relevant contacts, all the while keeping up with the latest developments in urban design and planning.
You’ll learn how to use the tools of urban design and urban research with a promotional approach, as a prompt for policy change and as a form of activism, which in turn will help you to effect real change in the specialism you later pursue.
Courses in architecture at London Met have gained a significant reputation for demonstrating a broad expertise in urban matters, as well as in the detail of architecture. Cass Cities, the research group behind this degree, undertakes extensive research activity that will support your study experience.
You will be assessed through a range of coursework, which is split across the following:
You will be required to have:
If you don’t have the qualifications above but do have a portfolio of substantial relevant experience in the field of architecture, urban design, interior design or a similar discourse you will be asked to attend an interview to demonstrate your competency for this course.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
The course would suit you if you are:
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
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Thursday 13 December at 6.30pm
Special Cass Research Seminar with Peter St John, Marcus Taylor, Venice Fellows and the British Council reflects on Island, the British Pavilion at this year's La Biennale De Venezia.
Sandra Denicke-Polcher, Acting Head of the School of Architecture, has been made a National Teaching Fellow in honour of her outstanding impact on student outcomes and higher education.
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.
Cass Architecture Lecturer is selected for groundbreaking scheme pacing new generation of planners in local government
Practices led by Cass tutors and alumni are included in the London Mayor's £35 million Architecture and Urbanism framework.
Cass studio leaders Gareth Morris and Ulrike Steven win prestigious annual architecture award.
24 April at 6.30pm
Screening of documentary exploring social cleansing in council housing, accompanied by Q and A with director Nikita Woolfe.
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
Exhibition: 15-20 June 2015
Exhibition celebrating vibrancy, diversity and importance of the industrial economy in the Middle Lea Valley.