Urban and regional planning is a specialized branch of architecture. The programme  provides in-depth knowledge in the areas of modern city design, service development, smart cities, environmental challenges, analysis of environmental indicators, transition and human settlements and strategic planning of cities and their services. The programme also identifies the community needs and help students to develop short- and long-term solutions to improve and revitalize communities and areas. This includes the study of modern city design, service development, smart cities, environmental challenges, analysis of environmental indicators, transition and human settlements and strategic planning of cities and their services.

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Awarding Body

University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK

Mode of Study

Full-Time, Part-Time and Flexible.


Four Academic Years Full Time, 8 Years Part Time or Flexible.


OMR 3,570 Per Year.
(Fees may increase by 2% annually, subject to MoHERI approval)

Minimum Entry Requirements

Successful completion of GCET General Foundation Programme with a minimum of 60% in each component. Diploma Holders are encouraged to apply for advanced entry.

General Education Diploma – Science or Art Track (Pure or Applied Math), or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of 55%

Contact Person

Email : or  Tel: 24227912 – 24227903 – 24227999 – 91789204

Why Study our Programme?

One of the main distinctive features of this programme is that the student will get a British award from the University of the West England, Bristol, UK, (recognized worldwide) while studying in Muscat.

What you will be studying?

At the beginning of the programme,  you will study several modules enabling you to explain the environmental, societal and cultural processes in making living spaces and achieve sustainable development. As you progress, you will study more specialized topics including strategic methods for planning economical infrastructure, healthy sustainable community and study the reasons for the environmental changes. Alongside , you are expected to learn the modern technologies in designing the surrounding environment using 3D modelling and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Throughout your study, you will learn how to review literature, make several field trips, gather information and analyse your collected data. The individual projects will help you in designing major projects by going through all stages of concept, design and implementation.

Where can it take you?

According to Oman long-term vision, the market of urban and regional planning is booming and will lead to great demand for professionals in urban and regional planning. Urban and regional planning graduates go on to careers in planning, design and development, as well as in areas such as transport, economic development, urban regeneration and environmental consultancy. Jobs exist across the public sector with local authority departments, central/devolved government. Private planning and regional consultancies also employ urban planning graduates to advise organisations and individuals on specific planning schemes. Opportunities also exist with housing associations, neighborhood planning organisations, transport organisations (e.g. airports), private developers and utilities companies. If the student is interested in pursuing postgraduate studies after successfully completing the degree, then having a British qualification will facilitate admission to top universities in the world.

Programme Structure

Code Title Credit Prerequisite
Level 0
UBGMMR-30-0 Physical and Human Environment of the City Region 30 None
UBGMPR-30-0 Environment and Sustainability 30 None
UBGMPA-30-0 Foundation Group Project 30 None
UBGMNR-15-0 Challenges, Data and Solutions 15 None
UBGMNA-15-0 Field Study 15 None
Level 1
UBLMGN-30-1 Healthy Sustainable Communities 30 None
UBGMFL-30-1 Strategic Planning and Infrastructure 30 None
UBGMG7-30-1 Shaping Cities 30 None
UBGMHM-15-1 Sustainable Technologies 15 None
UBGMGM-15-1 Analysing Environmental Change 15 None
Level 2
UBGMSV-30-2 Future Places 30 None
UBLMUC-30-2 Development, Practice and Law 30 None
UBGMFJ-15-2 Researching the City 15 None
UBGMLA-15-2 Achieving Design Quality. 15 None
UBGMH6-30-2 Master Planning Studio 30 None
Level 3
UBGMWE-30-3 Planning Global Cities 30 None
UBGLXC-30-3 Environmental Planning and Design 30 None
UFCF95-15-3 Entrepreneurial Skills 15 None
UBGMYQ-15-3 Professional Experience 15 None
UBGMQD-30-3 Final Year Project 30 90 Credits at L2
GCET-15-0 Omani Culture 0 None

Note: Student will choose 15 credits from the elective modules


Note: The Omani Culture Module is a compulsory module that will be offered during summer. It carries 0 credit so it will not contribute to the programme credits.