Regulations - Creative Arts And Industries

The Degree of Master of Urban Design – MUrbDes

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.


1 In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have completed the requirements for:


a the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture


b the Degree of Bachelor of Planning


c the Degree of Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours)


d the Degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)


e the Degree of Master of Planning Practice


f the Degree of Master of Urban Planning


g a qualification equivalent to a four-year degree in Landscape Architecture, approved by Senate or its representative


h an equivalent qualification, provided that Senate or its representative is satisfied that the prior degree or equivalent qualification is indicative of ability to undertake advanced study in Urban Design.

2 Applicants for admission will be required to submit a portfolio of work that provides evidence of an appropriate level of skill in design and urban analysis, a resume of professional work, and a statement on why they wish to study urban design.

Duration and Total Points Value

3 A student enrolled for this degree must:

a pass courses with a total value of 120 points


b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

4 The total enrolment for this degree must not exceed 160 points.

Structure and Content

5 Taught Masters

A student enrolled in this degree must pass 120 points from the courses listed in the Master of Urban Design Schedule.

6 If any of the courses listed have been previously completed, students must substitute an equivalent number of points from 700 level courses offered in the School of Architecture and Planning.

7 A student admitted to this programme must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity Course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.


8 a A student may reassign courses from this degree to the Master of Architecture (Professional) and Urban Design once.

b A student may reassign courses from this degree to the Master of Urban Planning (Professional) and Urban Design once.

c All courses that can be reassigned must be reassigned, including courses not completed.


9 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme that does not conform to these regulations.


10 This degree may be awarded with Distinction or Merit where a student’s overall grade is sufficiently high. Distinction may be awarded where a student has achieved a grade of A- or higher overall. Merit may be awarded where a student has achieved a B+ grade overall.


11 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2015. The 2009 regulations for the Degree of Master of Urban Design were thereby repealed.

Master of Urban Design (MUrbDes) Schedule


Core Courses

105 points: URBDES 702, 710, 720, URBPLAN 707, 712

Elective Courses

15 points from URBDES 703, 705