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.
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%
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|UBLMGN-30-1||Healthy Sustainable Communities||30||None|
|UBGMFL-30-1||Strategic Planning and Infrastructure||30||None|
|UBGMGM-15-1||Analysing Environmental Change||15||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|
|UBGMWE-30-3||Planning Global Cities||30||None|
|UBGLXC-30-3||Environmental Planning and Design||30||None|
|UBGMQD-30-3||Final Year Project||30||90 Credits at L2|
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.