Master in Urban Planning and Development
- About the programme
- Programme structure
- Entry requirements
- Tuition fees & scholarships
|• Programme duration:||18-month|
|• Delivery language:||English|
|• Degree awarded:||Master in Urban Planning and Development|
|• Accreditation:||The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.|
|• Admission deadline |
(next intake is January 2023):
|TBA – A placement test is required for this Master programme. For more information, please contact Dr Stephane Desruelles at Stephane.Desruelles@sorbonne.ae|
|• Interview dates:||TBA|
The Master in Urban Planning and Development was developed by the Urban and Regional Planning Institute in Paris more than 25 years ago and is offered with the goal of educating the next generation of urban planners on how to address Abu Dhabi’s rapid urban growth and the need for effective planning.
The objective of this programme is to educate students about the role of planners and their ecological and socio-economic impact. Students will study the comprehensive policies and planning tools that affect the way urban planners strategically link the complex mapping requirements of cities and regions, including budget, legalities, availability of infrastructure and land, as well as aesthetic and visual choices.
Throughout their education, students will study comprehensive policies, planning tools, and technological advances including Geographic Information Systems, ways in which to maximise space and how to merge form with function. Students will also learn to organise metropolitan areas based on thematic and specialised specifications.
A number of key modules are taught throughout the programme, including UAE urban planning law, public space planning, real estate, tourism planning, transport, architecture, heritage and landscaping, amongst others.
There are abundant rewarding career opportunities on a regional and global scale for graduates of the Urban and Regional Planning programme. Graduates enter promising careers with engineering and design consultancy firms, urban or rural developers, real estate agencies, government enterprises involved with urban affairs, environmental management, community development and research agencies amongst others.
Typical delivery format of the courses*
M1 and M2
|Monday||4:30pm – 8:30pm|
|Tuesday||4:30pm – 8:30pm|
|Sunday||9:00am – 6:00pm|
*This is the usual pattern of the courses, changes may sometimes occur.
|Fundamentals of Urban Planning|
|Procedure, Conceptions, Legal Framework|
|Methodology and Tools|
|Urban Planning Practices|
- A copy of the bachelor degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the programme
- A copy of the high school diploma
- A detailed curriculum vitae
- A personal statement (not exceeding one page)
- For non-native English speakers a minimum EmSAT – English score of 1400 or TOEFL score of 550, 213 CBT, 79-80 iBT or an IELTS score of 6.0, valid for at least two years
- Official academic transcripts, official test scores
Shortlisted candidates might be asked to attend an interview to assess the candidate’s motivations, career expectations and relevant professional experience in the degree area. International applicants are required to present an equivalency of their degree from the UAE Ministry of Education located in Abu Dhabi. For details on the requirements, visit the website: Ministry of Education
| • Programme tuition fees (over 2 years):||AED 166,400 (approximately US$ 45,344)|
| • Payment of Fees:||Click here|
25% academic excellence scholarship
New joiners are eligible to 25% scholarship on tuition starting from the 1st semester. To be eligible, applicants are required to meet one of the below criteria:
- Bachelor CGPA average of 3.6/4.0 and above, or equivalent
- Bachelor with Final Average of 15/20 above
- Bachelor with first class honors
- Candidates graduating as the top of class, despite the average
A minimum average of 14/20 is required to maintain the scholarship for the following semesters.
For programmes taught in English: an English Proficiency level with a minimum of 7.0 for IELTS or 94 for TOELF IB
20% Alumni preferential rate
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi alumni are eligible to a 20% waiver on tuition fee.
25% preferential rate upon enrolment on a second master’s degree
Applicants holding a master degree from SUAD and enrolling for a second master degree at SUAD are entitled to a 25% waiver on tuition.
5%-15% corporate rate
Companies and organizations benefit from a special discount, based on the number of employees enrolling in programmes. For more details, please contact +971(0) 2-6569311
10% Family discount
Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programmes are eligible for a 10% discount.