University of Birmingham Dubai invites applications for M.Sc. Urban Planning

The University of Birmingham Dubai is now inviting applications for Masters in Urban Planning for January and September 2022 entry.

This M.Sc. Urban Planning programme aims to train the next generation of urban planners, who will need to adopt a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to address contemporary challenges and solve associated problems faced by urban regions. The teaching is based on world-leading research undertaken in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Dubai is the ideal place to study Urban Planning given its proposed expansion under the Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan – the key challenges of realising such growth in a sustainable manner are explored in-depth in the programme.

The University brings together planning, critical urban studies, environmental science and environmental health to create a programme which addresses the major challenge of rapidly expanding urban areas that confronts both now and the future.

Programme delivery:


The key areas of understanding and skills that students will develop during the one-year full time programme include:

  • Challenges urban areas face in the delivery of sustainable, inclusive and healthy places and what measures can be put in place to mitigate these.
  • Opportunities and threats posed to urban areas by globalising trends, new technologies and the rapid rate of societal change.
  • Impact of urban growth on the natural environment such as atmospheric pollution, water quality, and plastic pollution, as well as the various approaches that are under development to mitigate related pressures.
  • Understanding of the approaches that urban areas are taking to ensure post-carbon futures.
  • Changing living patterns in urban areas, the role and nature of migration, social polarisation, social disadvantage and spatial fragmentation, and how the needs of diverse communities can be met.


Course dates: January 2022 and September 2022.

Entry Requirements: A four-year Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject or a three-year Bachelor’s degree (first class or good upper second class) from a recognised institution in India. Applicants with relevant work experience can also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application process and admission detailsApplications for January 2022 and September 2022 are open and there is no application fee. To submit an online application, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the course page.

The following information will usually be needed before a decision can be made on your application:

  • One academic reference (or if appropriate to the programme applied for, it could be from your employer).
  • Academic transcript(s) for all prior degrees – originals or certified photocopies.
  • Personal Statement, approximately 5000 characters, explaining why you are interested in studying on your chosen programme.
  • Certificate to show competency in the English language, if English is not your first language and you have already taken a test (not mandatory to submit at the time of application).

You may be required to submit further documents in support of your application.

Tuition: Overall programme tuition fee for January 2022  is AED 102,114 (Approx. £20,717) and overall programme tuition fee for September 2022 entry is AED 112,666 (Approx. £22,858).

Scholarship:  Scholarship options at the University of Birmingham Dubai are designed to benefit all new students and the financial rewards can be carried forward through the entire programme across foundation, undergraduate and post graduate levels. For 2021 entry the university was offering scholarships of up to 40% based on students’ academic performance and scholarships for 2022 entry will be announced shortly.

To understand your eligibility you may contact the in-country representatives at

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