Master of Urban Design

Course 314AB (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 150 credit points taken over 18 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Associate Professor Justyna Karakiewicz


Environments and Design Student Centre
T:+61 3 8344 6417 /9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Course Overview: The Master of Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design develops professionals who are capable of seeing the city from multiple viewpoints and who relish working with interdisciplinary teams.

The strengths of this course are the people it involves and the atmosphere they create. People who make urban design at the Melbourne School of Design what it is are the staff and students. Our core group of staff brings together experience and active involvement in current urban design research, design research and education. A broader teaching team with expertise in landscape architecture and urban planning adds diversity and richness. Urban design students contribute their own experiences, energy, new themes and aspirations and add to a multicultural complexity that make our courses special.

The Master of Urban Design encourages interaction and an appreciation of creativity and difference, which creates an atmosphere of collegiality and common endeavour.

Course specialties
The key quality of the Master of Urban Design is its combined strength of urban design theory and three design studios. Studio projects are always approached as design-research exercises, where innovation and discovery represent a major part of the educational experience. Studios emphasise the importance of place and fieldwork represents a significant component of studio work. Professional and wider community involvement is a regular part of the Master of Urban Design studio experience.
Objectives: The program aims to:

  • Provide a masters level education in urban design which meets the market in urban design practice both locally and internationally;
  • Provide students with expert knowledge in urban design and related areas; and
  • Serve an integrating role between the disciplines of the Faculty, building cross disciplinary strengths and teaching efficiencies.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

All students must complete:

87.5 points of core subjects

25 point Master of Urban Design Research Project

37.5 points of electives


Subject Options:

Core subjects (87.5 points)

Students may seek approval to replace 705669 Urban Design Studio B with a Melbourne School of Design Travelling Studio. For information about Travelling Studio subjects click here.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Master of Urban Design Research Project (25 points)

In order to successfully complete the Master of Urban Design Research Project students are required to enrol in 705-661 MUD Research Project for two consecutive semesters. Students can commence 705-661 MUD Research Project in either semester 1 or 2.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Electives (37.5 points)

Electives should be selected in consultation with the course coordinator from the offerings available in the Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning. Students should select subjects from outside of their current field of practice, for example, architects should choose subjects from the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning areas whilst planners should choose subjects from Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

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A selection of suitable subjects are listed below. Some electives may only be offered in alternate years.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Not offered in 2010
Not offered in 2010

Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to successfully pursue the course using the following criteria:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree in architecture or landscape architecture with at least H2B (70%) average in the final year, or equivalent, or
  • A three-year undergraduate degree, plus a one-year postgraduate diploma in a relevant discipline with at least H2B (70%) average; or
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design with a weighted average of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent; and
  • A portfolio of recent design work, submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Selection Committee*.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

*The design portfolio should consist of not more than eight A3 pages. Where design work has been produced jointly, applicants must indicate their role in the production of the design. Work should be clear and legible.

For information about how to apply click here.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Graduate Attributes: Refer to University of Melbourne graduate attributes located at
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