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TOP UK Universities Rankings for Urban and Landscape Design 2021


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Urban studies - the science of cities, planning, optimization of the functioning of urban systems, land use, transport infrastructure, ecology. Urbanism deals with already built cities (as opposed to urban planning) and deals with the complex solution of urban problems. The beginning of urbanism as a science is considered the opening of the Department of Urban Planning at the University of London in the early 20th century.

Urbanism in the UK has a deep humanitarian foundation. Students are taught that all changes must be approved by residents of the city or region, the interests of different groups must be taken into account. The search for consensus can be long and difficult, but British urbanists see it as a necessity.

Landscape design (landscape architecture) is a related discipline. The main task of landscape design is to reconcile urban architecture with nature, to create a comfortable and beautiful urban environment. The profession of a landscape architect overlaps with the profession of a landscape designer, but there are differences: a landscape architect deals with large spaces, knows the hardscape design better (paved roads, bridges, stone structures); the landscape designer uses more softscape (green spaces). In large projects, these specialists work together.

Education in the field of urbanism, landscape design, landscape architecture at British universities has a long history, and it is a success story. Specialists with their diplomas are in demand on all continents, as British universities successfully combine high-quality theoretical training with practical training.

SMAPSE experts present the ranking of the best universities in Britain 2021 for teaching the specialties of urbanism and landscape design.

Rank Institution Entry Standards Student Satisfaction Research Quality Research Intensity Graduate Prospects Overall Score
1 Cambridge 203   3.35 0.78 90 100
2 University College London 164 4.21 3.25 0.94 100 96.5
3 Sheffield 147 4.18 3.32 0.61 95 93.9
4 Edinburgh 145 4.05 3.05 0.73 100 93.5
5 Heriot-Watt 165 4 3.05 0.79 90 93.4
6 Birmingham 143 4.02 3.04 0.93 95 92.8
7 Loughborough 148 3.79 3.28 1 90 92.8
8 Queen's, Belfast 131 4.21 2.89 0.93 95 91.9
9 Reading 145 3.96 3.22 0.73   91.8
10 Cardiff 133 4.1 3.18 0.72 85 90.8
11 Newcastle 129 3.86 3.13 0.93 85 90.1
12 Manchester 162 3.91 3.05 0.8 70 89.8
13 Liverpool 132 4.06 2.72 0.87   88.9
14 Glasgow Caledonian 161 4.28 2.52 0.4 75 88.8
15 Leeds 140 3.47 3.04 0.76   88.7
16 West of England, Bristol 114 4.06 2.71 0.38 90 87.7
17 Ulster 116 4.5 2.94 0.7 70 87.4
18 Oxford Brookes 120 4 2.89 0.46 75 86.5
19 Gloucestershire 103 3.95 2.9 0.55   85.6
20 Westminster 118 3.67 2.8 0.31   84.9
21 London South Bank 104 4.19 2.67 0.75 65 84.1
22 Greenwich 137 4.1 2.2 0.15 65 83.3
23 Birmingham City 96 3.73 2.66 0.1 80 83.1
24 Leeds Beckett 102 4.03 2.3 0.25 70 81.9
25 Writtle University College 4.29     70 81.9
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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