Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) MSc
Xi an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Basic Information
Degree: Master
Starting Date:
Please be subject to the starting date on admission letter you got, since the starting date may change.
Sep 1 , 2025
Duration: 1.5 Years
Teaching Language: English
Tuition Fees: RMB 90,000 per Year
Application Deadline:
The deadline means the date of Beijing time. You are suggested to submit your application 3 or 5 days before the actual deadline so that you can have time for necessary changes on documents.
Jun 15 , 2025
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Program Highlights
  • Study in the Suzhou-Shanghai region, one of the most exciting environments to learn about and experiment with urban design in the 21st century
  • Gain a multidisciplinary perspective with modules taught by both the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning and Design
  • Learn in an international environment from staff with strong academic backgrounds and industry experience
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree.
Program Description


The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme allows you to engage in the complex issues of urban space production in the dynamic Chinese context. It considers the interplay between spatial design and social, economic, environmental and political issues evident in a range of urban settings. It is taught across the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design to ensure that you receive an interdisciplinary perspective on the development of urban form.

The programme is not limited to those with architecture or urban planning backgrounds, rather it is relevant for all interested in understanding the nature and production of spaces. First-class international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. They offer varied perspectives on Urban Design as a truly interdisciplinary programme.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Note: This programme is awaiting official recognition from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme is unique because it combines two things: on the one hand, a first-class international teaching staff bring with them the best learning methods from some of the most prestigious universities in the world; on the other hand, the Suzhou-Shanghai region is one of the most exciting environments in which to learn about and experiment with urban design in the 21st century.


The MSc Urban Planning (specialisation in Urban Design) programme equips future urban designers with critical and creative thinking, as well as communication and interdisciplinary skills. For the design skills in particular: spatial analysis, representation (mapping, models), and conceptualisation (such as scenario-and vision-making).

Core modules
Fundamentals of Urban Design
Place-making and Urban Design
Architectural Theory and Criticism
Urban Design Inquiry (Studio)
Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies

Elective modules
Spatial Analysis and Visualisation
Theory and Practice of Urban Regeneration
Politics, Society and Participation
Topics in Architectural History
Heritage, Historic Districts and Conservation

Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.


Urban designers are increasingly sought after in both public and private sector companies related to the built environment. They are particularly appreciated for their creative, communication and interdisciplinary skills.

Graduates of this programme can expect to pursue careers as urban or regional planners, developing plans for the use of land, helping to create communities, accommodate population growth, and regenerate facilities in urban areas.

China's fast-paced development means that opportunities for graduates with urban design knowledge will be plentiful.


RMB 90,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.

Alumni discount
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.

Payment options
Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.
You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.

Entry Requirements

Year One entry

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum B average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Year Two entry

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

    A-level: BBB

    IB Diploma: 30 points

    AP Exams/ACT Tests/SAT II Subject Tests - High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or above, plus:
        1. 3 AP exams: 4, 4, 4 or
        2. SAT I: 1280 or ACT: 27, and 2 AP exams: 4, 4 or
        3. 3 SAT II Subject Tests (taken prior to cancellation in 2021): 600, 600, 600


1. BEng Architecture, BA Filmmaking, BA TV Production & BA Digital Media Arts: require a digital copy portfolio review and an interview with members of Departments of Architecture and Design & School of Film and TV Arts, which can be conducted in person or via the Internet.

2. BA International Business with a Language: normally international students study Chinese and Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan students study Spanish or Japanese as the language option.

    For year 2 entry international students, students who are Chinese zero beginners will take an extra 5 credits Chinese language course.
    For year 2 entry Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan students, students should be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of Spanish (DELE/SIELE A1) or Japanese (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N5).

3. BA Translation and Interpreting: for international and HK/Macau/Taiwan students whose native language is not Chinese, an HSK level 6 or the pass of the aptitude test arrange by the Department of Translation and Interpreting is required.

4. Programme in Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Design and Technology Science and so on require Mathematics and Physics.

5. Programme in Architecture, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Chemistry, Mathematics, Science and Digital Media Arts and so on require Mathematics.

You can also find more information on entry requirements on our Country/Region list.

English Language Requirements

For international applicants, if you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

    IELTS: 5.0 (min 4.5 in all sections)
    TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

    IELTS 6.5 (min 5.5 in all sections)
    TOEFL: 90 (iBT) (min 21 in any skill)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.0 or above will take 5 credits EAP.


Fee Structure

Tuition Fee
Master RMB 90,000 pre year
RMB 135,000 in total (About $ 27,552)
Accommodation Fee
Studio RMB 85 to RMB 105  (More Details)
Studio RMB 70 to RMB 102  (More Details)
Other Fees
Service Fee:
For the service CUCAS provide to you. If you get a scholarship while applying as a self-financed applicant, you need to pay another scholarship service fee of 200 USD.
USD 54 (Check Policy)
Living Expense RMB 2,180 to RMB 2,780

Application Materials

"*" means necessary documents that you must provide in your application.

*1. Application Form

Please upload your finished application form here.

*2. Photocopy of Valid Ordinary Passport

With name, passport number & expiration date, and photo included(Photocopy of valid passport identification page. Passport must be an ordinary passport and be valid for at least six months. Applicants currently residing in China must include a copy of the page containing a valid visa or residence permit.)

*3. Passport photo

A recent passport-sized photo of the applicant

*4. University degree certificate or enrolment statement (if you are a graduating student)

Certificate in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.
Prospective diploma winners must submit official certificate from their current university.

*5. Original transcripts in undergraduate or graduate period and their notarized copies

Transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English should be translated into Chinese or English and be certified by notarization.

6. Certificates of English language qualifications

Such as IELTS, TOEFL or other acceptable English qualifications (as required)

7. CV(optional, but recommended)

*8. Two letters of academic reference

As part of the admissions criteria we require two references. These should be academic references if you have been in degree level (full-time) education at any point within the last three years and must bear the official letterhead of your referee's workplace and his/her handwritten signature. Your referees should be someone who is able to comment on your academic abilities, and your motivation and suitability toward your chosen programme. If you have graduated more than three years, you may provide one employer reference in place of an academic reference. IMBA applicants are required to provide two employer references.

You can download a template or sample from here.

*9. Personal statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to convince admissions officers and academic staff why you should be made an offer to study. Your personal statement should be no more than 800 words in length.

10. Supporting Documents: Certificate of Good Conduct

Provided by your current/previous school/company in Chinese/English to improve your success rate.

You can download a template or sample from here.

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