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Master of Urban Design
Modes of Study  Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Level Postgraduate
Course Code 09MOUD


The Master of Urban Design  (MUD) aims at providing practice‐oriented education  to enable  students  to pursue careers as an  urban  designer  in  Namibia  and  beyond.  The  programme  covers  major  cognate  areas  of  learning  including  urban  design  and  practice, critical  theory of urban design and urban  systems. Furthermore,  the programme is designed  to increase capacity  for  applied  research in urban design and  the built environment. The programme will be  facilitated  through coursework and mini‐ thesis and is structured to be largely studio‐based with prospects for skills in design, theory and practice. 


Admission Requirements 

The Master of Urban Design Programme seeks suitably qualified candidates who can benefit from, contributing to, and successfully 
completing the programme. To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must: 

 Hold  either  a  minimum  of  the  Bachelor  of  Architecture  Honours  degree,  a  Bachelor  of  Town  and  Regional  Planning 
Honours  degree,  or  a  Bachelor  of  Regional  and  Rural  Development  Honours  degree  obtained  from  an  educational 
institution  that is  of a  recognised  standard,  or an equivalent  4‐year  qualification with a  studio‐based and  supervised 
research component at NQF level 8 (worth 480 NQF credits) from a recognised institution. Qualifications obtained from 
other institutions will be evaluated by the Departmental Postgraduate Selection Committee to determine equivalence 
in terms of core competencies, acceptable to the Department.
 In addition  to  the minimum qualification  stated above, applicants must provide evidence of a minimum of  two years 
practical experience as a candidate professional after completing post graduate studies. 

The  selection  of  students will be  by means of an interview with  the Departmental  Postgraduate Selection  Committee,  during 
which  candidates will  be  required  to  present  a  portfolio  of work, which might  include  work  from  previous  studies  as  well  as 
practical  work  carried  out  in  previous  place  of  work.  The  result  of  the  selection  process  is  final,  and  no  discussion  or 
correspondence will be entered into. 


Career Opportunities

After completing a Master of Urban Design program, graduates can pursue a variety of career opportunities in the field of urban design in both the public and private sectors. These may include jobs such as urban designer, city planner, landscape architect, architectural designer, sustainability consultant, developer, or project manager. Graduates may work for government agencies, consulting firms, construction companies, development firms, or non-profit organizations. They may also choose to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities or continue their academic studies to obtain a Ph.D. or teaching position in the field. Urban designers work to shape and develop cities and communities, creating environments that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The career opportunities for urban designers are numerous, and can be very rewarding for those who have a passion for creating beautiful and sustainable urban spaces

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