M.U.P. (Urban Development and Urban Design)

The concentration in Urban Development and Urban Design aims to produce graduates who are skilled in analysis and design for development in existing (sub)urban landscapes and urbanising contexts, whether in North America or elsewhere. A series of courses on urban design, real estate, the politics of development, and urban governance enhance the core curriculum of the professionally-accredited M.U.P. program. Additional courses address innovative approaches to urban development, contemporary urban form, community-based design, globalisation and development, and the adaptive redesign of suburban contexts, in addition to enduring topics such as housing, public space, cultural landscapes, and environmental planning. Students seeking to specialise in Urban Development and Urban Design apply at the end of their first year of study; admission into the concentration is based on performance in the first year of study and demonstration of spatial literacy, numeric competency, skills in graphic communication, and understanding of complex development processes.

As with the core M.U.P. degree, the concentration comprises a total of 60 credits completed over a two-year period. Students must register for at least four terms and earn satisfactory grades (i.e., a minimum of B-) in all courses. Central to the educational experience is group work in a studio setting, in which students collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to address 'real-life' opportunities and problems, generally in the Montréal metropolitan region.

Students in the concentration devote their first two terms to fulfilling the basic requirements of the program--two studios and other core courses--while also exploring one or more areas of specialisation through complementary and elective courses. These can be taken within the School of Urban Planning, in other academic units at McGill University, or at any of the three other major academic institutions in Montréal.

At the end of the first year of studies, a competitive application process enables the School to select a small number of students for admission into the concentration. Interested students have to submit a detailed account of achievements and skills that pertain to Urban Development and Urban Design and a statement of purpose for the rest of their M.U.P. program and their career after graduation.

The summer internship between the two academic years must be related to Urban Development and Urban Design.

In the second year of study, students in the concentration take their remaining core and complementary courses as well as preparing their Supervised Research Project (SRP). The SRP must be in the domains of Urban Development and Urban Design and must demonstrate the student's mastery of skills necessary for a career in the field. The project will generally take the form of policy-relevant research and can often lead to a publication in an academic or professional journal. Students must either complete their SRP by the 1st of June or register for the following fall term. The School's policy on SRP supervision is that unless special arrangements have been made, faculty supervisors are not available from June to Labour Day, as this period is reserved for research and writing.

 

Do I qualify?

Students wishing to pursue the concentration in Urban Development and Urban Design must apply for admission into the regular M.U.P. program. They will be able to apply for the concentration itself at the end of their first year of studies. Only a limited number of students are admitted into the UDUD concentration in any given year, on the basis of an internal competition. Criteria for selection include students’ performance so far in the program, in particular in UDUD-related courses, their level of skill in UDUD-related research methods, and the quality of their letter of application for admission into the concentration.

 

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PROGRAM REVISIONS

As of November 2020, the M.U.P. degree program (with concentration in Urban Development and Urban Design) has been revised to total 60 credits, with changes scheduled to take effect as of September 2021 for incoming students. These upates may not appear in the official eCalendar before mid-2021. Individuals who first registered for the program in September 2019 should refer to the details shown in previous versions of the eCalendar.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (45 credits) 

  • URBP 553 Urban Governance 3 Credits
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    • Fall
    • Winter
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  • URBP 609 Planning Graphics 1 1 Credits
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  • URBP 610 Planning Graphics 2 1 Credits
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  • URBP 611 Planning Graphics 3 1 Credits
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  • URBP 612 History & Theory of Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 622 Planning Studio 1 6 Credits
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  • URBP 623 Planning Studio 2 6 Credits
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  • URBP 624 Planning Studio 3 6 Credits
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  • URBP 628 Practical Experience
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  • URBP 630 Supervised Research Project 1 3 Credits
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  • URBP 631 Supervised Research Project 2 3 Credits
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  • URBP 632 Supervised Res Project 3 6 Credits
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  • URBP 635 Planning Law 3 Credits
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  • URBP 640 Introduction to Planning Stats 1 Credits
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  • URBP 641 Reading the Urban Landscape 1 Credits
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  • URBP 642 Introduction to Planning Data 1 Credits
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COMPLEMENTARY COURSES (15 credits selected from among the following courses)


Group A (1-3 credits)

  • URBP 505 Geographic Information Systems 3 Credits
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  • URBP 643 Introduction to GIS 1 Credits
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Group B (9-14 credits)

  • URBP 555 Real Estate and Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 557 Rethinking Zoning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 604 Urban Design Seminar 3 Credits
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  • URBP 620 Transport Economics 4 Credits
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  • URBP 629 Pln Thry&Prac in a Glbal World 3 Credits
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  • URBP 651 Redesigning Suburban Space 3 Credits
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  • URBP 656 Urban Innovation & Creativity 3 Credits
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Group C (0-3 credits selected from among the following courses)

  • ARCH 515 Sustainable Design 3 Credits
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  • GEOG 525 Asian Cities in the 21st C 3 Credits
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  • URBP 501 Principles and Practice 1 2 Credits
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  • URBP 503 Public Transport: Planning&Ops 3 Credits
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  • URBP 504 Planning for Active Transp. 3 Credits
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  • URBP 506 Envrnmntl Policy and Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 514 Community Design Workshop 4 Credits
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  • URBP 530 Urb Infrastr&Serv in Intl Cont 3 Credits
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  • URBP 541 Selected Topics in Planning 1 Credits
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  • URBP 542 Select. Topics:Visual Analysis 1 Credits
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  • URBP 543 Special Topics 3 Credits
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  • URBP 556 Urban Economy: A Spatial Persp 3 Credits
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  • URBP 607 Reading Course:Urban Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 616 Selected Topics 1 3 Credits
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  • URBP 617 Selected Topics 2 3 Credits
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  • URBP 618 Selected Topics 3 3 Credits
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  • URBP 619 Land Use & Transport Planning 4 Credits
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  • URBP 625 Principles and Practice 2 2 Credits
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  • URBP 626 Principles and Practice 3 2 Credits
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  • URBP 644 Multivariate Statistics 1 Credits
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  • URBP 645 Social Research Methods 1 1 Credits
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  • URBP 646 Social Research Methods 2 1 Credits
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  • URBP 647 Selected Methods in Planning 1 1 Credits
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  • URBP 648 Selected Methods in Planning 2 1 Credits
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  • URBP 649 Visual and Spatial Methods 1 Credits
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NB : Students may also take courses at the 500 or 600 levels in academic unit at McGill or another university, subject to the approval of the School.

 

Last updated : December 2020

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