Smart urban futures is a unique and innovative new MA programme that will equip you to address design challenges at the boundaries between smart technologies and urban design and planning. You will gain skills in IoT, smart technologies, open data, 3D fabrication, augmented reality and virtual reality complimented by core teaching in urban design, planning and placemaking.

Through a design lab approach, you will develop digital prototyping and place-making projects that respond to the opportunities and needs of digital living, transport, health, mobility, governance and sustainability in a holistic approach to smart urban futures.

Key features

  • Study a unique MA in the emerging field of smart urban futures.
  • Develop a digital and spatial skill set that synthesises digital and smart programming and urban design and planning skills.
  • Learn to address real urban challenges through a design lab approach.
  • Undertake co-design working within multidisciplinary teams with external partners.
  • Engage with an MA that delivers innovation through a socially responsible approach.
  • Benefit from a programme embedded within research excellence of smart cities and digital art and technology with internationally recognised academics.
  • Access state-of-the-art equipment including immersive visualisation and fabrication lab.
  • Career development and employability are integral to the course through partnerships with industry and public sector partners.

Study Details:

MA: 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Semester 1

  • DAT Urban Dataplay (30 credits)

Semester 2

  • Design Studio 2 (30 credits)

Core modules

Final year

Semester 1 

Design Studio 1 (30 credits): Studio projects designed around students working to a series of briefs on projects within a ‘real world’ context. Group and individual work.

Semester 2

  • Futures Entrepreneurship (30 credits)

Semester 3

  • Research project (60 credits)

Core modules

Programme Funding

From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.

Student Destinations

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to take your place on the leading edge of the building discipline and work towards the best products and processes in the industry. On graduating you are in a unique position to work on integrated design project teams, in building energy/facility management or continue to postgraduate research.


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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent and evidence of a sustained engagement with the field. But we will consider students below 2:1 if they can demonstrate a strong academic portfolio or a record of professional experience.

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