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Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD)

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Key Fact
  • Program name
    Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD)
  • Program code
  • Program chair
    Dr. Kholod Moumani
  • Program length
    2 years
  • Credit hours

 About the Program


The Master's of Science in Urban Design (MSUD) program at Effat University establishes a common intellectual ground for architects, planners and landscape architects who intend to practice or advance their knowledge and experience in urban design. 

The course provides students with the knowhow to thrive, including knowledge of urban theory; design techniques; and procedures that challenge you to re-think design within the context of economic, political and cultural struggles that often characterise urban development today. Particular emphasis is placed on developing mastery in urban design.

Additionally, the MSc Urban Design course program challenges students to think about the way the world impacts on urban design and inspires them to make meaningful contributions both to projects they work on, and subsequently to the communities that will benefit from them. 


The Urban Design Masters degree program provides students with detailed knowledge of urban theory, design techniques, and procedures that challenge you to re-think urban design. It combines a common core curriculum, with the opportunity to take elective courses tailored to your areas of interest.

Semester one focuses on developing students' understanding of the fundamentals of urban design through the study of core modules including Urban Design and Development (Theory and Principles), Contemporary Trends in Urban Design and Principles of Real Estate and Urban Economics.

In semester two, you will focus more on design aspects and their impact on wider society through the detailed study of areas including contemporary trends and sustainability.

Students who choose to complete a Masters in Urban Design can also opt to focus on one of two possible areas of concentration: Urban Design & Practice and Urban Design & Real Estate.​

 Vision, Mission, and Goals


The Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD) program aims to graduate leading urban design researchers and professionals prepared to respond to the changes in the urban context of the Kingdom and its rapidly evolving community. With critical understanding of contemporary challenges, the MSUD graduates will possess the ability to practice urban.


The Master of Science in Urban Design (MSUD) program provides high quality education and training in the urban design field, in order to prepare and qualify graduates to become leading practitioners and researchers in the urban design profession who are able to meet the current and future challenges as intellectual professionals.


Educational Objectives​

  • high-quality education that prepares graduates to assume professional roles in urban design by offering sound knowledge in urban design theories and applications; social, cultural, and environmental aspects; and information technology.
  • Prepare graduates to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within urban environments by providing knowledge of built environment-related disciplines relevant to ethical responsibility and professional practice in urban design.
  • Prepare graduates to develop and acquire drawing skills relevant to the communication and presentation of urban design-proposals and solutions.​​

 Learning Outcomes


  1. Identify the strategy in the built environment-related disciplines that is relevant to ethical responsibilities and professional practice in urban design.
  2. Utilize problem-solving and lifelong learning skills including critical thinking, communication, and presentation to prepare graduates to work on it.


  1. Combine visual and verbal communication skills at various stages of urban design and project delivery processes, including the creation of appropriate technical documentation.
  2. Synthesize knowledge in urban design theories and applications, social, cultural, environmental, and information technology to assume professional roles in urban design.


  1. Develop individual urban design concepts.
  2. Manifest a professional commitment to ethical practices in designing, presenting, and managing a project.


  1. Demonstrate leadership and responsibility to the community culture and sustainability.
  2. Demonstrate personal and professional responsibility in working in a group and participating effectively in urban design projects.


  1. Communicate effectively in oral and written English with high-level skills in presentation, argumentation, and discussion.
  2. Practice advanced illustration skills in Urban Design.

 Career Opportunities

Career Path

The MSc in Urban Design program prepares students for effective intervention and development of both physical change and design proposals.

Upon completion of the course, you will have developed the necessary skills and understanding to have a smart and positive impact in a variety of architectural design-based roles in both public and private areas, such as urban designers and project management roles for design processes.

Other opportunities include town and transport planners and historic buildings inspectors/conservation officers.

Graduates can also expect to have different opportunities to work directly with municipalities or private sector groups as effective designers and advocates for development enterprises.

Alternatively, with a Master of Science Degree in Urban Design, you will receive adequate preparation to pursue a higher degree at the Doctoral level.

Graduates of MSUD will be well equipped to pursue careers as:

  • Urban designers
  • Leaders and managers of urban design processes, in both public and private arenas.
  • Graduates will have different opportunities to work directly with municipalities or private sector groups as effective designers and advocates for development enterprises. 
  • They will receive adequate preparation to pursue a higher degree at a Doctoral level.​​

 Graduation Requirements

​To obtain the Master’s of Science in Urban Design, you must complete 42 credit hours of the MSUD Program consisting of: 24 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of Thesis & Project (6 hours for Thesis Part 1 & Part 2, and 3 hours for the Project) and 9 credit hours of elective courses.

Compulsory Courses (33 Credit Hours)

  • MSUD Core Courses: 24
  • MSUD Thesis and Project: 9

Elective Courses

MSUD Elective Courses: 9

Total: 42​

 Program Plan

Semester 1

Semester 2


Course Title




Course Title



UD610 Urban Design and Development (Theory and Principles)
Contemporary Trends in Urban Design
UD611 Principles of Real Estate and Urban Economics None 3-0-3 UD614 Urban Design Research Method UD610 2-2-3
UD612 Site and Landscape Design None 2-2-3 UD 616 Computational Tools in Urban Design None 2-2-3
UD615 Urban Sociology None 3-0-3 UD617 Urban Design Sustainability UD610 3-0-3





Semester 3

Semester 4

UD6XX UD Elective-1   x-x-3 UD691 Urban Design Thesis-2 UD690 3-0-3
UD6XX UD Elective-2   x-x-3 UD692 Final Urban Design Project UD690 2-2-3
UD6XX UD Elective-3   x-x-3        
UD690 Urban Design Thesis-1 UD614 3-0-3        





 Fact Sheet

Bachelor GPA
2.75/4 or 3.75/5
Major GPA
2.75/4 or 3.75/5
Very Good
Required Tests
Verbal 154 Quantitative 158
Effat Placement Tests
Definitions & Conversion Charts
Conversion Charts
Additional Department Requirement
Recommendation Letter
Personal Statement
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137928
Tel.+966 122137940 


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