PHD Urban planning and Development

Program level: 


Program starts every semester.




Duration in semesters: 

4 semesters



The essence of doctoral program on Urban Planning and Developement in the College of Urban Development & Engineering is basically the development of the ability to conduct original research and extend the boundaries of knowledge areas in the thematic areas of Urban planning and Developement.

The general aim of the doctoral programme in Urban planning and Developement is to prepare scholars and researchers able to carry research and urban planning projects as well as to produce evidence based urban planning and developement policy which helps to manage the challenges posed by urbanization, urban growth and development. specifically it aims to attain: 

  • to produce researchers capable to develop evidence-based urbaqn planning and development policy and also be urban planning, urban design and development  policy advisors
  • to produce the next generation of faculty members that can independently teach modules/courses, and engage in research, practice and supervision of urban planning and development, structure plan, strategic development planning, strategic spatial planning and deevelopement
  • to produce urban planning researchers qualified for R& D job sectors  

Thus, the programme will educate future advisers, educators and decision makers who will lead, support and advance interdisciplinary training, research and consultancy in urban planning and developement, urban design and local and or neighbourhood developement planning

Exit Level Outcomes

Graduate Profiles: PhD in Urban Planning and Development

The graduate students of this programme will be able to:

  • Pursue, manage and lead scientific research on urban planning and development, structure planning, urban design and neighbourhood design and planning, etc and forward context based sound recommendations to foster integrated urban planning, structure planning, strategic spatial planning for sustainable development
  • Plan and design innovative urban planning interventions in terms of structure and development plans, neighbourhood design and planning, local development plan, and related issues
  • Undertake advanced urban planning and urban development research in terms of its major components
  • Advance knowledge and education concerning urban planning and development, structural planning, urban development strategies,  urban design and neighbourhood and settlement planning strategies, smart growth and TOD within the context of urban development through scholarly and applied research
  • Advise policy makers with regard to urban development policy led , institutional, financial and legal frameworks of urban planning and development
  • Demonstrate about urban planning models and approaches in cities and towns to cope up the challenges as the result of Urbanization.
  • Coordinate, as well as lead Urban planning and development projects and implementation programs in field-offices and Urban planning and Development research institutions.
  • Undertake professional real world urban planning and development projects in collaboration with local residents, public agencies, urban planning and urban development private consulting and construction firms and other private and non-profit organizations,
  • Ability to handle with uncertainty and conflict, solve problems, manage failure and also be keen to tap development opportunities; endowed with capability to deal with urban planning and urban developement challenges
  • Have urban leadership skills and be cooperative in team work
  • Be endowed with high standard of integrity and professionalism.


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