The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Careers and employability

How the MSc Building & Urban Design in Development will help develop your career in the built environment.

The course encourages a transdisciplinary approach to urban design. As such, it attracts architects, urban planners, urban designers, geographers, social scientists, anthropologists, environmental scientists, artists and others with a passion for urban issues. This diversity fosters a cooperative working environment and opportunity to negotiate creatively with others.

The programme is equally valuable for those with initial training in planning, architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, who wish to complete or expand their professional education. However, it also offers an invaluable grounded qualification for new entrants to the field. The programme is equally suited to those with professional experience or those with none.

Students find that they form strong networks and collaborative working relationships that continue after the course has ended. Alumni have spoken positively of how the course has supported their professional development:

“It was an important year of professional and personal reflection, marking the moment that design became an ethical as well as technical pursuit.”

And allowed them to explore new perspectives in urban development practices:

“It exposed me to various discourses on urban development, new design methodologies and communication techniques, providing me with a rather sound theoretical base to build upon, but most importantly it included practical works to test this learning.”

The course exposes students to skills in critical thinking, action research, spatial analysis, design research and creative practice that are in demand in a variety of sectors around the world including: NGOs; Aid and Development Agencies; Social Movements; Community-led Organisations; Government Organisations; urban think tanks, public agencies; and Architectural, planning and Urban Design practices.

The course has often inspired graduates to pursue further research at PhD level and to develop independent practices:

“We felt that there were fundamental issues with the practices of many development agencies and we wanted to create our own platform through which we could drive positive change.”