Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Stream Architecture
Course Type Master
Duration 2 Years

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The two-year Master’s Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) prepares young professionals for a career in one or many of these:

(i) preparing plans and projects for the cities and their regions,

(ii) undertaking research on policies and processes of urbanisation and urban development,

(iii) advising on governance of cities and their regions, and

(iv) preparing projects and overseeing their execution in the areas of housing, transport, environment, infrastructure and urban design in India as well as other developing countries. It also exposes the students to social, political, economic and financial dimensions of urban development and ethical dimensions of working as professionals. The students are trained to engage with scales from local project to city and her region to global, through hands-on studio exercises, intense theory, individual capstone project, and field visits in India and abroad during summer/ winter schools.

The program offers the possibility of, but does not require, specialising in and obtaining a Major in any of the following:

  • Land use Planning  – This area will offer studios in land use planning at city and city-region level as well as at local level and theory courses on land use planning, built-form and land markets.
  • Housing – This area offers studios in housing strategy making at city level and housing project planning and courses in housing and land markets, housing & community development, housing project design & development and housing finance.
  • Environmental Planning – This area offers studios on preparing environmental impact assessment and management plan at city level and courses on environmental resources, pollution, environmental economics and climate change.
  • Infrastructure Planning – This area offers studios on preparing infrastructure plans at city level and infrastructure project development and courses on infrastructure planning and infrastructure project development.
  • Transportation Planning – This area offers studios on preparing comprehensive traffic and transportation plans at city level and transport project development, and courses on transportation and land use planning, transportation modelling and design of transportation systems.

The first semester is the ‘foundation’ that prepares students to grapple with the idea of ‘urban’ and prepare a plan for development of a municipal ward.  They are exposed to the theories of economic and social development and history of urban transformation. They learn the skills of quantitative, qualitative and spatial methods. The foundation semester gives them the breadth of the discipline.


Applicants for the MURP program in the general category should have a minimum of 55 % aggregate marks and those in the reserved categories should have a minimum of 50 % aggregate marks in below mentioned degree programs from a recognised University / Institution:

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Architecture / Environmental Engineering / Civil Engineering / Planning/ Law

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Geography / Economics / Sociology / Environmental Science / Social Work / Development Studies / Policy Studies / Political Science/GIS/Geomatics/Climate Studies