Study urban design

Shape the future of our cities.

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Learn the foundation knowledge for the design of interconnected buildings, and infrastructure - in our towns and cities.

Be taught by experts in related disciplines (architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture) with a research focus on sustainability, health and urban intensification. You’ll work in interdisciplinary teams, learn how to encourage interaction and appreciate multiple viewpoints and collegiate working environments. Graduate as a professional who can understand the city as a spatiotemporally complex system.

Gain an understanding of the city as possessing both spatial and temporal elements that interplay in a complex system, and learn the skills to design for contemporary challenges such as mass urbanisation and changing climate demands. 3 years full time or 6 years part time, on campus (Parkville).

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A flexible course that offers multiple streams across all disciplines in the built environment, allowing you to tailor the course to your specific needs. 1 year part time, on campus (Parkville).

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Learn why space matters and how users' are impacted by their environments. Improve the health and wellbeing of communities through design and position yourself at the forefront of a growing movement. 1 year part time, mixed attendance mode (Parkville).

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Select subjects from across the broad range of disciplines offered by the Melbourne School of Design and tailor the course to suit your professional ambitions. 1 year full time or 2 years part time, on campus (Parkville).

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Select subjects from across the broad range of disciplines offered by the Melbourne School of Design and tailor the course to suit your professional ambitions. 1 year full time or 2 years part time, on campus (Parkville).

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Why study with us?

    • The Melbourne School of Design has a unique Studio teaching format. Each studio iteration works to a different design brief so you can select studios that allow you to explore different areas of interest or build upon a specific one.
    • Travelling studios are ‘working laboratories’ for design thought and production. You’ll explore complex, real-life issues and devise solutions by collaborating with students from MSD and other universities.
    • By working in interdisciplinary teams that encourage interaction, collaboration and collegiate working environments, our students are employment-ready for a challenging and rewarding career in Urban Design.

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Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Master of Urban Design student

Víctor Alegría


“It is the sense of being part of a community that is really interested in tackling relevant and global challenges. Being surrounded by creativity, research and public debate is something that inspires me every day to come to campus and see what’s going on. I have very much enjoyed the guest lectures and exhibitions that are constantly happening in the Faculty.”

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