MSc in Urban Design

The program is designed to provide a higher level of education and expertise on urban design issues. There is currently no higher education establishment in the UAE that offers such a program despite the fact that urban design projects are everywhere and they are driving the economy of the country forward.

Program Objectives

The program's goal is to provide the community with highly qualified professionals who can deal with the complex issues of urban environment and cities. The program places special emphasis on preparing students to play a leading role working within professional organizations in fields related to architecture and the urban environment.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for enrollment in this course should satisfy the following minimum standards:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in architecture a minimum undergraduate AGPA of 3.0, on a scale of 4 or equivalent. If the applicant graduated from an institution with a different system of grading, he should submit proof that he was on the top of his class. 
  1. Evidence of proficiency in English. To meet this requirement, an applicant must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 or equivalent.
  1. Students should arrange for two letters of recommendations to be sent by appropriate academic referees before they can be considered for the program.

Specialization Courses 

Graduates of architecture, civil engineering, and other related professions do not usually possess the skills and knowledge required to design large and multi-building projects, or buildings in critical locations, in the context of the complex issues of the urban environment, thus the following specialization courses of the program are designed to redress this gap in skill and knowledge.       

 

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours

1.     History and Theory of Urbanism

2.     Sustainability and Energy Saving

3.     Studio – 1

4.     Architecture and Urban Environment in the Gulf

5.     Elective Course

3

3

3

 

3

3

Social and Economic Factors and the Built Form

Research Methods

Studio – 2

Real Estate Development

Elective Course

3

 

3

3

3

3

Total Credit Hours

15

Total Credit Hours

15

THESIS - THIRD SEMESTER

6