Master of Urban Design


  • Program code: MC193
  • Campus: City campus

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With rapid local and global urban change, this degree establishes innovative techniques for design and practice, advancing the role of design in shaping the future of our cities.

What will future cities look like?

Urban Design is one of the key practices confronting the critical issues affecting cities, such as climate change, population shifts, contemporary workplaces, and transformations in industry, technology and infrastructure. The Master of Urban Design program at RMIT provides a studio-based, multidisciplinary environment to engage these issues through project-based work. We focus intensively on the practice of design itself, developing advanced, specialised techniques for creative and collaborative work. Projects are curated around key sites of urban change locally and globally, and engage with the professional and community networks invested in their future. You will learn to creatively integrate expertise from related urban disciplines into design proposals, promoting alternative models for future city-building. The program is designed to nurture designers who are engaged in innovative approaches to their practice.

The new Urban Design program at RMIT emerges from a long legacy of urban-based design research, teaching and practice within the School of Architecture and Design. The program is closely connected to our world renowned programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design. The program is also integrated with postgraduate coursework in the Schools of Property, Construction and Project Management and Urban Planning, offering a multidisciplinary laboratory for urban design research.

Based in Melbourne, we use the Australasian region as our primary territory of study. A series of international workshops at our campuses in Vietnam and Barcelona offer a global perspective and study experience, complemented by online lectorials in urban history, morphology and practice.


2 years full-time

Please note: Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture (or equivalent) are eligible for advanced level entry into Year 2 of the program, completing the Master of Urban Design in 1 year full-time (or 2 years part-time).

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

Global intensive design studios are offered from Melbourne, Barcelona and Vietnam.

Year 1

Weekly design studios are delivered in the evening, 1 night per week, with some course content delivered online.

Year 2

The program is delivered through 3 intensive studios, each with a 1-week workshop on-site in Melbourne, Vietnam and Barcelona. Complementary lecture and online content is included.

Please note: Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture (or equivalent) are eligible for advanced level entry into Year 2 of the program, completing the Master of Urban Design in 1 year full-time (or 2 years part-time).

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Integrating industry expertise into the Urban Design projects is a distinguishing feature of this program. The studio projects focus on key emerging or ongoing topics and are curated in collaboration with relevant professional, community and governmental bodies such as urban developers, project managers, urban planners, council members and research partners.

Teaching staff includes practising architects, landscape architects and urban designers, with adjunct and visiting staff from local and international practices. Links across Urban Development and Urban Planning programs provide a rich multidisciplinary network.


Urban designers work on large-scale urban projects in collaboration with other professionals (architects, landscape architects, urban planners, developers) and government.

Global opportunities

In addition to this program's two dedicated travel studios in Vietnam and Barcelona, the School of Architecture and Design has an extensive network of international collaborators in the USA, Europe and Asia. These include the World Architecture Workshop network in France and Japan, and ongoing exchange programs in Copenhagen, Berlin, Los Angeles, Innsbruck, Shanghai, Tianjin, Sendai, Toulouse and several other cities. These connections enable future work opportunities or collaborative experience following graduation.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

Completion of an Australian bachelor degree in architectural design, landscape architecture or equivalent design-related discipline.



Selection tasks

Applicants must complete a personal statement, outlining motivation for applying for the program as part of their online application.

Applications must include the following as supporting documents as part of their online application:

  • curriculum vitae - personal details, academic achievements and professional experience (any work experience you are currently undertaking)
  • Academic Transcript - a transcript of academic results from previous or current studies
  • Folio - see below.
Folio requirements
  • a package of images, drawings, sketches, paintings, models, photographs, computer work, etc. of personal creative/design projects;
  • the concepts/ideas that lead to the final design piece;
  • a maximum 30 pages submitted as a PDF document, the file size of which should not exceed 10 MB

Short-listed applicants only will be required to attend an interview.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


This is program is full-fee paying only. Postgraduate tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

Fee assistance

The following fee assistance is available for this program:

FEE-HELP is an optional loan scheme that assists eligible full-fee paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

Additional expenses can include textbooks, stationery, printer paper, internet access fees outside of the RMIT campus and other relevant costs.

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.

An additional cost of approximately $6200 for travel costs in Year 2.


If you have an undergraduate degree in architectural design, landscape architecture or equivalent design related discipline, you will be eligible for the 2-year (204 credit points) duration of the program.

If you are successful at gaining entry to the program and hold a Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, or an accepted master equivalent; or a 5-year (professional) Bachelor of Architecture undergraduate degree, you may receive up to 1-year (96 credit points) exemption from the University for courses in the program's first year.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program's entry requirements

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Architecture & Design

Contact details

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