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.
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.
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