The Master of Urban Design (MUD) aims at providing practice-oriented education to enable students to pursue careers as an urban designer in Namibia and beyond. The programme covers major cognate areas of learning including urban design and practice, critical theory of urban design and urban systems. Furthermore, the programme is designed to increase capacity for applied research in urban design and the built environment.The programme will be facilitated through coursework and mini-thesis and is structured to be largely studio-based with prospects for skills in design, theory and practice.
The Master of Urban Design Programme seeks suitably qualified candidates who can benefit from, contributing to, and successfully completing the programme. To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must:
- Hold either a minimum of the Bachelor of Architecture Honours degree, a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning Honours degree, or a Bachelor of Regional and Rural Development Honours degree obtained from an educational institution that is of a recognised standard, or an equivalent 4-year qualification with a studio-based and supervised research component at NQF level 8 (worth 480 NQF credits) from a recognised institution. Qualifications obtained from other institutions will be evaluated by the Departmental Postgraduate Selection Committee to determine equivalence in terms of core competencies, acceptable to the Department.
- In addition to the minimum qualification stated above, applicants must provide evidence of a minimum of two years practical experience as a candidate professional after completing post graduate studies.
The selection of students will be by means of an interview with the Departmental Postgraduate Selection Committee, during which candidates will be required to present a portfolio of work, which might include work from previous studies as well as practical work carried out in previous place of work. The result of the selection process is final, and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
The successful completion of the programme will earn students the professional qualification of Master of Urban Design. Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership with the Urban Design Institute of Namibia (UDIN). This opens windows of various career opportunities for the MUD degree:
- Eligibility for employment as Urban Designer in private sector consultancies, public-sector institutions (State, Provincial and Local Authorities), non-governmental organisations, training institutions, research organisations and property development enterprises.
- Self-employment as Urban Designer after satisfying the conditions of the relevant professional body with regards to setting up own practice.