Course Description

The Master of Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design develops professionals who can understand the city as a spatio-temporally complex system and design for contemporary challenges such as mass urbanisation and changing climate demands. 

Our students become employment-ready through working in interdisciplinary teams, encouraging interaction and appreciation of multiple viewpoints and collegiate working environments. 

Course specialities 

The Master of Urban Design offers the combined educational strength of four design studios alongside Urban Design Theory. Studio projects are approached as speculative design-research explorations where innovation and discovery are combined with advanced geospatial analytics, multidimensional and procedural modelling, and virtual reality technology. Studios emphasise the importance of place and fieldwork, a significant component of the studio work students undertake. 

Professional and wider community involvement is a regular part of the Master of Urban Design studio experience. 

Throughout the program you will:

  • Discover the role of urban design within given spatial, social, economic and political contexts
  • Explore the scope, opportunities, complexities and responsibilities of urban design
  • Uncover urban design issues and methodology for creating best practice responses
  • Develop analytical and design skills for generating and testing alternative approaches to the urban design development of specific sites

You will work closely with fellow students and expert faculty across urban design, planning and landscape architecture, collaborating to come up with innovative urban design solutions.


The Master of Urban Design is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and undergoes a regular formal review process to ensure the quality and relevance of the program.

Career Outcomes

Upon graduation your skills can be applied in a range of urban design and associated planning roles. Urban design skills are in great demand throughout Australia and the Asia- Pacific region and your expertise in the design of urban public spaces and strategic planning will provide the opportunity to work locally and globally in areas such as:

  • Planning authorities including as city councils
  • Architecture practices
  • Landscape architecture practices
  • Planning practices

Graduates from the Master of Urban Design at MSD have gone on to work at many firms in Australia and across the world including:

  • Brearley Architects & Urban Designers
  • Gerry McLoughin Architect + Urban Design
  • Toronto City Planning
  • EDAW Limited
  • City of Yarra
  • Department of Architecture,Ministry of Public Works and Housing, AusAID/Bangladesh
  • Hansen Partnership
  • City of Monash
  • DPM Consultants Inc, Makati, Philippines
  • Ministry of Public Works, Jakarta

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