Building skill in Sustainable Urban Development

Educating with Oxford; an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development.
Length: two years (part-time)
By 2030, more than 60% of the world's population will live in cities. Urban planners need to meet the challenge of resolving often-conflicting urban needs. 
Working alongside the University of Oxford, our course offers a rigorous and academic qualification strongly grounded in professional practice, and addresses the state-of-the-art research and practices required to create the sustainable cities and buildings of the future
The course is tailored to professionals worldwide working in the property development sector and aims to provide best practice in ecologically-aware sustainable building.  Over the two years, students attend eight intensive week-long teaching sessions, each with an individual theme that underpins the teaching and learning focus. 
  • Concepts of the city and the environment
  • Climate change and the built environment
  • Placemaking
  • Financing sustainability
  • Transportation and sustainability
  • Urbanism and the design process
  • Urbanisation and the global south
  • The flexible city? Urban theory and practice
The aim of the course is the discovery and application of innovative and pragmatic solutions to real-life issues. 
At the end of the course students complete a research dissertation on a topic of their choice. 
"The integration of theory, practice and academic exercise created a fascinating learning environment"
                                                   - First year student
Who teaches on the course?
The MSc is taught by experts from a range of academic departments across the University of Oxford.
The Course Director, Dr David Howard (MA, MPhil, DPhil Oxon), is a University Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. His research interests lie at the interface between urban geography, social sustainability and development studies.
What do the course fees cover?
The fees cover all teaching, field-trips, tutorials, assessment, access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and lunch, teas and coffees during the classroom-based teaching.
Can I apply for financial support?
You can apply for financial assistance to help meet the costs of the course fees and other expenses. To find out more, please visit the current student section of the department’s website.
For applications and further information, please visit
You can also email, follow us on Twitter @sustainable_urb,  call +44 (0)1865 286952, or write to:
Sustainable Urban Development Programme,
Department for Continuing Education
Rewley House
1 Wellington Square

The admissions cycle for 2013 entry is now open. It is anticipated that the first 'gathered field' deadline for 2013 entry will fall on 20 January 2013, with further admission deadlines in March 2013.