Overview of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline

Urban and Rural Planning (URP) Discipline is the pioneering planning school that commenced Bachelor of URP program in Bangladesh with a vision to producing skilled planners. A skilled planner is taught and trained with interdisciplinary fields of study to deal with integral solution to challenges created by urbanization and globalization. URP Discipline is the host to education, research and practice in the planning field with great professors and most up-to-date labs and facilities. The alumni of the URP Discipline are in the profession, since 90s, contributing to a wide range of areas including physical planning, social development and technological innovation all over the world.

URP Discipline has celebrated its 25 years of glory in producing world class planners and professional services. Most of the alumni of the discipline have obtained excellent career in the international humanitarian agencies, but many have also found employment in the government planning authorities or in private organizations that deal with technology, planning and design. The professors of the discipline are reputed for providing research support, technical service and consultancy to different government and non-government organizations. URP Discipline has the pride of its professors and alumni who were engaged in the preparation of Master Plan for Dhaka, Khulna and Rajshahi cities as well as many municipalities across the country. URP Discipline envisions the future and aims to keep contributing to interdisciplinary planning fields that include urban planning & design, municipal services design, transport planning & engineering, rural livelihood & development, environmental management, GIS & remote sensing, climate change & disaster, and the like.


Vision of URP
Producing knowledge and achieving professional aptitude in an interdisciplinary framework that leads the integrated endeavors toward developing a harmonized built environment for the future.


Mission of URP
Both BURP and MURP programs are an interdisciplinary field of studies that are aimed at producing skilled practitioners imbued with the most up-to-date planning techniques. The mission of both BURP and MURP programs are to contribute in a wide range of areas including physical planning, social development and technological innovation all over the world. These programs acknowledge inclusive development by addressing the contemporary planning issues both in national and international contexts.


Program Objectives

  • Providing students with a coherent understanding of the built environment and its key challenges
  • Enabling students to combine a sound theoretical foundation with an awareness of professional aptitude
  • Understanding key processes and debates in the field of urban and rural development planning
  • Equipping students with the technical knowledge and practical skills required to work as a professional planner


Learning Outcomes of BURP and MURP

Upon the completion of the both BURP and MURP programs, graduates will be able to:

  • Comprehend basic principles and more important theories relevant to urban and rural development planning and their application
  • Acquire technical knowledge and sound professional practice in the field of urban and rural development planning
  • Demonstrate what rural development planning is and what analytical tools are available for the planner
    Acquire information management skills and lifelong learning of multi-disciplinary knowledge in urban and rural development planning
  • Carry out urban and rural development planning research, project feasibility studies and undertake impact assessment studies using appropriate technologies
  • Select the right questions and find creative solutions to the challenges faced by the communities and the built environment
  • Practice good ethical values and professionalism in urban planning process and rural development projects
    Communicate effectively, work as a team and demonstrate high leadership qualities in the management of urban planning and rural development projects
  • Appraise urban and rural development problems in providing solutions critically, creatively and innovatively


Course Structure
Description of the BURP Program:

The Bachelor of Urban and Rural Planning (BURP) is a four-year degree that focuses on contemporary patterns of urban and rural development, and the processes that contribute to change across cities and rural areas. The course is rich in both theory and practice-based elements, including fieldwork. The students have to complete minimum 39 theory and 24 sessional courses at the bachelor level. Most theoretical courses have their supplementary practical courses, which require them to do real-world exercises, which require them to do real-world exercises involving field visits, the collection of spatial and non-spatial data, processing and analysis of data, and framing out the solutions.

For BURP degree completion, each student has to undertake total 160.5 credit hours. The students have to take core courses and total credit hours in core courses are 126. The Bachelor students have to complete some optional courses and total credit hours in optional courses are 34.5 which are 21.5% of total credit hours. In BURP program, 28 credit hours of humanities and social science courses, which are 17% of total credit hours, need to be completed.

The special feature of BURP program can be described through its multi-disciplinary format which draws on geography, urban planning, transport planning, rural development planning, environmental studies, project planning & evaluation techniques, sociology etc.

Description of the MURP Program :

The Master of Urban & Rural Planning (MURP) program gives the students’ knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to practice professionally as a spatial planner. The program’s curriculum has been designed to empower each student to complete the degree with great personal flexibility. Students may pursue the degree on an accelerated basis in three semesters (18 months), which allows for concurrent employment or full-time engagement in professional planning practice.

The students have to complete 36 credit hours in order to get MURP degree. In the first semester of MURP program, the students have to complete 19.5 credit hours and the curriculum encompasses theory courses like Planning Theories, Planning Ethics and Practices, Research Methods and Statistics for Planners and offers two sessional courses, including Planning Workshop and Geographical Information System (Lab/Project).

In the second semester, two foundation or compulsory courses need to be taken. In addition, one of the specialization streams and courses need to be taken from the following four specialized streams: Transport Planning & Management, Environmental Policy, Planning & Management, Rural and Regional Development Planning, and Housing & Community Planning. In the third semester, the students have to conduct primary research on urban, rural and regional planning field. The master students investigate and evaluate the problems as well as the process of planning policy making and delivery. The Master students’ research process involves setting research objectives, carrying out a literature review, developing and implementing a research design, incorporating appropriate methodologies, analyzing findings, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. The students’ research may take the form of dissertation or a policy implementation project.




Every year Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) School of Khulna University administers a highly competitive admission test to select BURP undergraduate students. For the admission of MURP and PhD students, graduates from civil engineering, architecture, agricultural engineering, economics, geography and environmental studies, sociology, social work/social welfare and other relevant subjects can apply directly to the URP Discipline. Applications for admission for those programs are invited through official website (www.kuurp.ac.bd), national daily newspapers and electronic media.




URP Discipline has been publishing the journal PLAN PLUS since 2002. It publishes research works of scholars on various fields of planning.




Since very inception, URP Discipline is engaged in conducting research in urban and rural problems covering areas of urban planning, regional planning, computational social science, transport planning, spatial analysis, climate change, food security, slums and squatters, municipal services planning, salinity intrusion, rural landscape, etc. The discipline has established a research center named Planning and Development Research Center (PDRC) to devote exclusively for research and training.




  • GIS Lab: Well equipped with 30 high configuration computers, ArcGIS, plotter, roll scanner, and A3 printer.
  • Remote Sensing Lab: Well equipped with 30 high configuration computers, ERDAS IMAGINE, ER Mapper, 3-D imaging, and plotter.
  • Engineering Survey Lab: Availability of modern engineering equipment including RTK GPS, TotalStation, Theodolite, and also traditional survey equipment like plane table, dumphy level, etc.
  • Planning Information System Lab: A lab with high configuration computers for simulation and advanced data analysis, interpretation and web-hosting.
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