Objectives of the Programme
The overall objective of the programme is to produce highly skilled professionals with the knowledge to respond to the demands of the practical
world and to bridge the present knowledge gap between architectural competence and planning competence in urban development.
Our graduates need to be able to develop the following abilities:
- To enable students from architecture and design disciplines to develop skills and employ their knowledge in developingcomplex socially, environmentally and economically sustainable urban and spatial planning strategies.
- To use design thinking as a critical, interrogative process through which to explore the broader parameters of the researchwithin a particular situation or environment.
- To conceptualize, define, and analyze design problems and opportunities at the urban scale.
- To analyze and evaluate the performance of design projects and policies.
- To understand the processes which generate urban form.
- To synthesize and manage strategies for implementation in urban planning and design involving public and privatedevelopment actions.
- To work successfully with the public and the planning and design professions that shape the urban environment.
- To contribute creatively to the resolution of urban problems through design.
- Promote the acquisition of advanced practical and demand driven skills in the area of Urban planning and Design.
- Independently and effectively solve multi-faceted issues of the day to day activities in the field.
- Communicate ideas in clear and compelling ways – visually, orally, and in writing – as is demanded by the urban designer’spublic role.
The programme targets graduates with Honours degree in a discipline related to the built environment and the city (e.g. Architecture, Planning,
Surveying, Engineering, Construction Management, Land use Planning, Geography, Landscape Planning/Architecture). Candidates with alternative
professional experience may also be considered.
To qualify for admission, a candidate must fulfil the general Makerere University entry requirements for a Masters degree, and in addition the
candidate must be a holder of either
- A postgraduate diploma in Urban Design, Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture or its equivalent from a recognizedUniversity/Institution; OR
- A bachelors degree in Urban/Regional/Physical/Town and Country Planning, Architecture, Landscape Design, Civil Engineering,Construction Management, surveying, or its equivalent from a recognized University/Institution.
- Students who have obtained first and second class degrees should be free to join after completion.
- Students who have obtained pass degree can only join after two years professional working experience and demonstratingprofessional growth in the relevant field to the degree programme, such as a Post Graduate Diploma or evidence of presenting academic papers inconferences.
NATURE OF THE PROGRAMME
This is a day/evening programme with duration of two years. Courses generally start in August and finish in the beginning of June. Students on the
MSc Degree Program can follow Plan A or Plan B study plans.
Students under Plan A are required to take two semesters of course work and two semesters of dissertation. To qualify for plan A, a student shall
have completed all their course work and have a research proposal latest by the second week of semester three.
Students under Plan B are required to take three semesters of coursework and one semester of a project. To qualify for plan B a student shall have
completed all their coursework and also have a research proposal by the second week of the forth semester.
The duration for the M.Sc in UPD degree programme is two (2) academic years comprising of 4 semesters.
MSc. Urban Planning and Design – Options
(Plan A and B)
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