Master in URP

Master in URP

Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

Two-Year Full-Time Master Program in Urban and Regional Planning

The ever-present need for Planners in the country has multiplied manifold and become urgent in the rapid urbanization in the country and the concomitant economic, social and infrastructural changes in the rural hinterlands. Moreover, with transformations in the Constitutional provisions for local governance, new modes of urban development overtaking the erstwhile state-led Master plan approach, and a renewed focus on regional planning, Planners equipped with more contemporary understandings and skills are needed. 

Xavier University has therefore launched an innovative and relevant Planning Program, in tune with prevailing national and international perspectives and approaches to urban and regional planning and development. Foregrounding participatory and developmental approaches, integrated considerations of equity and ecological sustainability, end-to-end solutions, and citizen-centered and inclusive planning, the MURP Program of XUMG is geared to developing Planners for a sustainable and just future.

Program Objectives:

The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the complexities of urban systems and processes, and functional knowledge and skills for urban, rural and regional planning. MURP graduates will have the capacities to plan for cities, rapidly developing peripheries and small towns, and regions, and develop specialized expertise in any of the urban infrastructure, systems and services, including housing, mobility, water, waste management, economic development, livelihood promotion, environmental management and other areas. The Program fosters a public service orientation, and commitment to equity through multi-stakeholder engagement and participatory planning.

Program Objectives

Academic Calendar:

The MURP academic year comprises three terms of 12-14 weeks each. The Summer Internship Program (SIP) is at the end of the First Year, for 8-10 weeks between Terms III and IV. The week usually has 18-20 sessions, including classroom sessions and Studios, and other segments such as the Settlement Planning and Management Practice Colloquium (SPMP), the Habitat Planning & Development Ethics Seminar (HPDE), the PlaceX, an exhibition of Studio projects. Co-curricular events including Leadership Talks and the PlanneX–the XUMG Annual Planning Conclave are often organized on weekends. 

Program Structure:

The MURP Program includes core and elective courses and other learning segments of 105 credits. Each credit requires 10 hours of classroom contact or its Studio/field equivalent, and another 10 hours outside the classroom for preparatory reading and assignments. Students are thus expected to spend about 70 hours a week for their academic work, in preparation for the rigours of a career as a Planner. The core courses provide the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of Planning, spatial analysis and development, and the analytical frameworks and tools for Studio work and field learning. Planning Internship, Planning Practice Colloquium, seminars and leadership talks are mandatory components which provide industry exposure and engagement.

Students have the opportunity to specialize by selecting appropriate electives and completing a capstone project in any of the following areas –

  • Water and Waste Management
  • Urban Mobility
  • Housing Development and Financing
  • Economic Development & Livelihoods

The MURP Curriculum


  • Theoretical Foundations of Sustainable Planning
  • Statistics for Planning
  • Socio-economic bases for Planning
  • Social Research Methods
  • Housing
  • Planning Techniques
  • Planning Studio I - Settlements Structure and Systems
  • Settlement Planning and Management Practice Colloquium


  • City and Metropolitan Planning
  • Urban Heritage Conservation
  • Urban Politics & Local Governance
  • Planning Studio - II – Urban Development Planning
  • Settlement Planning and Management Practice Colloquium
  • Habitat Planning & Development Ethics Seminar


  • Development Finance
  • Urban Development Management
  • Land Management and Development Guidelines
  • Planning Studio III – Participatory Local Area Planning
  • Planning Research (Pre dissertation)
  • Settlement Planning and Management Practice Colloquium


  • Strategic Planning for Settlements
  • Infrastructure & Utilities Planning
  • Law and Professional Practice
  • Planning Studio -IV – Regional Planning
  • Resilience and Disaster Management (E)
  • Spatial Justice & Inclusive Strategies(E)


  • Dissertation – Part I
  • Choice of Specializations
  • Housing Development and Financing-I
  • Urban Economic Development & Livelihoods-I
  • Urban Mobility -I
  • Water and Waste Management-I


  • Dissertation - Part II
  • One Elective from below
  • Housing Development and Financing-II
  • Urban Economic Development & Livelihoods-II
  • Urban Mobility -II
  • Water and Waste Management-II

MURP-Internships and Special Curricular Components

  • Summer Internship Program (SIP) of at least eight weeks with leading Planning organizations, for experiential learning of working environments and planning practices.
  • Settlement Planning and Management Colloquiumfeatures leaders and eminent professionals from urban development, planning and management fields to discuss contemporary issues and innovations.
  • Immersion Courses, on emerging topics enables students to learn conceptual and theoretical bases of ethical practice, discuss the ethical responsibilities and dilemmas of a Planner, and identify ways to make principled choices and decisions in the planning process.
  • Habitat Planning & Development Ethics Seminar (HaPDES), enable students to learn conceptual and theoretical bases of ethical practice, discuss the ethical responsibilities and dilemmas of an urban practitioner, and identify ways to make principled choices and decisions
  • Final Dissertation for students to develop a specialization in an area of their interest through a research or planning project guided by faculty and professionals specializing in that area.

Industry Interfaces & Engagements

HabituX, the association of XUMG students, organizes co-curricular events and activities which help students develop team-work and leadership capabilities, and engage with urban communities, industry and leaders. Specific components for industry engagement includes :

  1. Client Juries, by panels of experienced urban practitioners and urban policy makers who discuss and assess the ULECE, Urban Practicuum and Studio projects of students.
  2. ULE Review of students observations and analyses of their Urban Learning Experience and the live projects completed for their host organizations, by domain leaders. 
  3. The Samavesh – An Urban Management Conclave, of industry leaders and policy makers.
  4. Leadership Talks by top policy makers and business leaders who interact with students. 
  5. Xavier Annual Research on Cities Summit (ARCX Summit), a biennial event for scholars, industry leaders and policy makers to discuss emerging perspectives, approaches and technologies for sustainable settlements. Every student in the two-year MBA-UMG gets an opportunity to participate, interact and learn, and if presenting their work, to have it included in the Summit publications.

International Exposure

  • International Visiting Faculty are invited from counterpart Schools and Departments in leading international Universities to teach Studios, electives and Immersion courses, or speak in the ARCX Summit and Colloquium.
  • International Internship, study and Placement opportunities are available through the links established by Xavier University’s membership in international accreditation and academic networks.

Admissions: Who can apply and how

Online applications can be submitted on the Xavier University website. The following categories of graduates are eligible for the MURP Program.


  • Candidates with a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Architecture/Planning or Master’s degree in Geography/Economics/Sociology with at least 55% marks in aggregate from a recognized University can apply. Those with a valid Admission Test score of GATE/CEED/NATA/CCU will be given preference.
  • Candidates with Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with minimum 60% marks in aggregate can apply. Those with a valid Admission Test score of GATE/CEED/NATA/CCU will be given preference.
  • Candidates who have secured the 1st, 2nd or 3rd position (i.e., any of the top three ranks) in their Undergraduate Programs in Planning/Architecture/Civil Engineering or Master’s Programs in Geography/Economics/Sociology can apply without any Admission Test score by entering their rank information in the Xavier University Online Application Form. A certificate from the Head of the Institution stating their rank/ position must be furnished.
  • Candidates from any other disciplines with at least 60% marks in aggregate and with a demonstrable experience and interest in Urban and Regional Planning may also apply.
  1. All shortlisted candidates (in all categories mentioned above) will have to appear for a Writing Ability Test and/or Personal Interview in one of the Xavier University Admission Centers in the country. 

  2. Final year students, who expect to complete their final examinations and other requirements for obtaining the qualifying degree by June 15, 2021 can also apply. 

Campus Living and Learning

XUMG encourages students to develop team skills and citizenship qualities through participation in interest-specific, voluntary student associations and other pursuits such as sports, social service, book clubs, music, debates, quizzes, contests, etc. The MURP is a fully residential program with a large number of Student Committees and Associations which promote student engagement in a variety of such activities.


Xavier University awards the MURP degree to students who successfully complete all curricular requirements equivalent to 105 credits, and fulfil other prescribed requirements of the MURP Program curriculum. The Degree is awarded to qualifying students in the Annual Convocation of the University, usually in the month of March.

Careers in Urban Management and Governance

MBA-UMG graduates are actively sought by the leading organizations in urban development, including the major consulting organizations, infrastructure development entities, state and city governments for their Project Monitoring Units (PMUs) and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), international organizations, rating agencies and the Urban Development Ministry through their Urban Fellowship. Graduating XUMG students organize their placements through their elected Career Advisory Services Committee. The University CAS Office and XUMG faculty advise and support their efforts.