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.

Note: This is a limited entry programme as per the Limitation of Entry Statute 1991 and selection criteria apply. Selection criteria are available from the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries.

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 for 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 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.


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


11 These regulations and/or schedule have been amended with effect from 1 January 2019.

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