• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The BA Urban Planning and Design programme at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University you will study the planning and design of urban and rural landscapes in both local and international contexts. You will obtain knowledge and skills to analyse, critique and contribute to the shaping of the sustainable development agenda in China and around the world.
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This BA Urban Planning and Design programme at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is international in focus, preparing students who will work in China to provide the critical planning skills needed for China's rapid rate of urbanisation while equipping those who will work in other countries for their career success.

You will learn how to formulate strategic plans, design liveable cities and create public places. The programme will equip you to consider the social, economic and environmental needs of society and their interaction with the environments we inhabit and build. You will learn how to help companies and governments make difficult land use and development decisions while accounting for concerns like achieving climate resilience and enabling community engagement.


With a high demand for graduates of urban planning and design, you will have many options and become planners and/or designers in various fields including:

  • policy making: developing legislation for the future of countries, cities and communities
  • urban design: creating attractive, safe and pleasant places in which to live, work or visit
  • property development: ensuring the right developments for the right places
  • transport planning: finding sustainable transport solutions
  • environmental planning: tackling the effects of climate change
  • urban regeneration: bringing life to places that need revitalisation
  • urban conservation: helping to protect our natural and built heritage
  • neighbourhood planning: engaging with people about how their communities are developed
  • smart city: promoting future cities that incorporate the latest in new technologies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • For Mainland China applicants: 30 June
      • For international applicants and applicants from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan: 15 July
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Three or four years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues and Practice of Planning in China I
  • Urban & Environmental Economics
  • Planning in the UK
  • History and Purpose of Planning
  • Contemporary Planning Practice in Western Europe and the North America
  • Issues and Practice of Planning in China II
  • Urban & Environmental Economics
  • Neighbourhood Planning

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11020 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    11020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11020 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

RMB 88,000 per academic year

Living costs for Suzhou

  • 3000 - 5500 CNY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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