We offer an urban design master's course, as well as ateliers and summer schools.

Taught master's course

Other courses


Manchester Urban Design LAB (MUD-Lab) atelier with Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) and URBED.
Our atelier with MSA and URBED.

These day-long events explore the full urban design or master planning process.

The ateliers are usually hosted in our Manchester Urban Design LAB (MUD-Lab) studio and are interactive with group working, soft modelling, and presentations.

We have hosted ateliers with a range of partners.

These include URBED and the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA).

Continuing professional development (CPD)

We offer a range of CPD training events, often working in conjunction with a range of partners including Urban Design Group.

These CPDs can be tailored to the needs of your practice or local authority. We provide half-day and full-day options across a variety of themes and topics such as:

  • the urban design process;
  • urban design governance;
  • urban design analysis;
  • developing a brief;
  • the strategic design framework;
  • design concepts and options;
  • design delivery;
  • urban design qualities and principles;
  • unpacking/evaluating design (including design review);
  • masterplanning;
  • public realm design;
  • presentation, visualisation, and graphics;
  • design software and skills.

If you are interested in discussing a CPD event, please contact Dr Philip Black, Director of MUD-Lab.

Summer schools

Manchester Urban Design LAB (MUD-Lab) summer school with Arab Academy, Alexandria, Egypt.
Our summer school with Arab Academy, Alexandria, Egypt.

We offer bespoke summer schools for universities and other organisations. We can tailor these day-long or 3–5-day programmes to your needs, to focus on:

  • developing design frameworks and briefs;
  • master planning;
  • urban analysis;
  • urban design project development and delivery.

All summer schools are hosted on campus and make use of our facilities and resources.

For more information, please contact Dr Philip Black, Director of MUD-Lab.