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College of Engineering

Bachelor of Urban Planning (Pending CAA Approval)

Type Undergraduate
Credit Hours 128 Hours
Duration 4 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Fall
Delivery mode Day & Evenings
Campuses Abu Dhabi


The Bachelor of Urban Planning supports fully the principal strategic vision and mission of Abu Dhabi University; namely, to drive the economic and social development of the UAE, in alignment with regional and global needs, through excellence in teaching student learning, faculty scholarship and engagement in community development. The Urban Planning Program aims to  provide its students with a multidisciplinary curriculum that is fundamental, yet broad and flexible. The main goal of the program is to train and prepare students to work in the field of urban planning and/or pursue graduate education in related fields.  Urban Planning  responds to the growing need for adequate city planning in view of the rapid local urban growth along with the associated housing, transportation, social and environmental challenges. The program highlights planning as problem-solving activity oriented toward the future with special emphasis on the built and natural environment and on improving the quality of life. The Urban Planning program aims to expose students to techniques of urban planning through courses in city and regional planning, as well as geography, ecology, sociology, and economics.

The Bachelor of Urban Planning curriculum is a 4 year program with 128 credit hours

The Urban Planning program aims to introduce students to the general knowledge required by the profession.  The program also aims to produce graduates who have the knowledge and skills to act as effective urban planners that are able to analyze data and develop design strategies with alternative solutions to urban problems in light of rapid urban sprawl.

Program educational objectives and student outcomes

Tuition fees structure & calculation

Abu Dhabi

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Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students.

The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered.

Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and Fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University. Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and fee rates at any time. A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.

For more information, please click here to view the University's tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.

Career opportunities

  • Jobs for graduates of Urban Planning are available in many venues such as Municipalities, landscape and Consulting offices.
  • Urban Planning Council, Consulting firms and construction companies hire as urban designers, planners and project managers.
  • Graduates are equally prepared to pursue Masters and Ph.D. degrees in allied fields of Urban Planning, transportation planning and infrastructure design.

Entry requirements

Secondary School Certificate
Type of Secondary School Certificate
Ministry of Education Schools- General Track
Ministry of Education Schools- Advanced Track
Abu Dhabi Education Council Track
Achieving a minimum average of 80% on completion of grade 12
Indian Senior Secondary Certificates (CBSE), or State Board Examinations, or Indian School Certificates awarded by ICSE
Achieving a minimum average of 50% on completion of grade 12
British System (IGCSE & GCE)
Completing a total of 7 subjects from either IGCSE level or AS/A2 levels, in at least 4 of the following fields: Mathematics, Languages, Sciences, Social Studies and Humanities, Art and Design. A minimum required grade of C for the IGCSE level subjects, D for the AS Levels, and E for A2 subjects.

Provide evidence/certificate of completing at least 11 years of schooling.
Canadian & American High School Diplomas
Achieving a minimum average of 80% on completion of grade 12 or its equivalent of overall average B grade or 3.0/ 4.0
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Successfully completing 6 subjects, with at least 2 at the higher level (HL) and a minimum total of 24 points.

Course outline

General Education
30 credit hours
College Requirements
6 credit hours
Major Requirements
71 credit hours
Major Electives
12 credit hours
Open Electives
9 credit hours