Planning, Housing and Urban Design

Known for our combination of pure, practice-led and applied approaches, and for using our knowledge for the betterment of society we offer PhD, MPhil, DProf and MRes study. We can provide you with guidance on how to write your research proposal and our entry requirements for a Research Degree.

Explore the Architecture and the Built Environment research areas.

We have a long track record of working with organisations and individuals to develop their professional and personal skills offering accredited courses and industry recognised certification.

We offer open access and bespoke short courses in a range of built environment disciplines. You can also take single modules from our postgraduate courses.

Help shape the future of our cites and urban life by studying a postgraduate course in housing, planning, sustainable development or urban design.

The staff delivering these courses enjoy an international reputation in research and consultancy. They are research-focused, but are also directly informed by the latest developments in planning and policy practice (public, private and independent sectors). We have research and capacities on spatial planning, housing, sustainable development and urban design, to help shape the future of our cities and regions. We cherish a diversity of perspectives on our understanding of urban life, thereby contributing innovative insight on infrastructures, transport flows, and sustainable communities.

Professionally focused

Our courses are highly regarded by students and employers alike, both within the UK and internationally. They are relevant to industry and accredited by professional bodies. We are the UK's first Habitat Partner University.


Develop your own specialist expertise while working collaboratively with students from different disciplines and from across the globe. These programmes attract students from a variety of backgrounds who share a passion for their subjects.

Informed by research and practice

The Faculty enjoys an international reputation in research and consultancy, and our staff have close links with practice. So our courses are theoretically based but are also informed by the latest developments in practice.

Read more about our Research Groups in Architecture and the Built Environment


The courses provide recent graduates, and those looking to enter the built environment from an allied discipline, with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter a professional post in planning, urban design, housing management and regeneration. They also enable established professionals to broaden or update their knowledge and skills.