Urban studies

Part-time postgraduate courses for professionals

The Urban Studies programme at Oxford University offers a part-time master's and a doctoral course for practitioners and researchers engaged in cities and urban issues worldwide.

The flexible structure of the programme allows for students to study while working and attracts practitioners from a wide range of fields including architects, educators, engineers, lawyers, financiers and investment analysts, landscape architects, project managers, planners, property developers and surveyors.

"We don't just plan cities - we plan lifestyles, we plan for people..."

► Watch our first-impressions video from our first-year MSc students. 

The programme offers:

  • Gain a truly global perspective of sustainable urban development.

  • Build your network for personal and professional development. Exchange ideas and build your network of experienced professionals working in a range of urban contexts globally.

  • International perspective and reach, drawing on Oxford's interdisciplinary expertise.

  • Strong associations with leading organisations, including The King's Foundation and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Become a strong leader equipped to address the challenges of a globally disrupted business environment.

  • Access to the latest research and insights will enable you to lead innovation and ensure sustainable cities are part of the solution.

Our courses

MSc in Sustainable Urban Development

MSc in Sustainable Urban Development

Address  the urgent challenges we face to make our cities more liveable, just and sustainable in a challenging global environment, through our part-time programme for working professionals. 

DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development

DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development

A part-time doctoral programme to research the challenges of urban sustainability.