All teaching is delivered by leading researchers and practitioners, and you will be taught via a mixture of lectures, seminars, site visits, lab classes and workshops. You will engage with Government agencies, such as the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority which will be based on the campus. There will also be masterclasses from leading global urban development companies (eg, ARUP, Atkins) with the potential for internships, as well as the option of fieldwork in Kathmandu to learn from urban planning in a very different context.
From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, and we want you to be challenged and to think for yourself.
Full use of Dubai will be made as a ‘living laboratory’ in our teaching, and assignments will engage with real world examples. Teaching will be provided by faculty based in Dubai and by leading experts from the University’s Birmingham campus. Tutorial support will be integral to your learning and your independent dissertation study will be supported through one-to-one supervision and dissertation lab classes.
Our graduates will have a deep understanding as well as highly transferable skills, within the following areas:
- The challenges urban areas face in the delivery of sustainable, inclusive and healthy places and what measures can be put in place to mitigate these
- The opportunities and threats posed to urban areas by globalising trends, new technologies and the rapid rate of societal change
- The impact of urban growth on the natural environment such as atmospheric pollution, water quality, plastic pollution etc., and the various approaches that are under development to mitigate related pressures.
- The changing living patterns in urban areas, the role and nature of migration, social polarisation, social disadvantage and spatial fragmentation, and how the needs of diverse communities can be met
Assessment will take place via essays, presentations, case study reports, urban design plans, and the extended research project.
- Challenging but authentic – looking at real world problems and all coursework will involve engagement with examples in Dubai
- Coursework reflects the needs of employers such as government style reports, master plans, etc.
- All coursework has formative elements
- Major part of the assessment is the dissertation – individual piece of research, with the full support of your supervisor