XIM University

XIM University


Master in Urban & Regional Planning



    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 XIM University Online Application Form. A certificate from the Head of the Institution stating their rank/ position must be furnished.
    4. 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.

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 XIM University Admission Centres in the country.


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


Applicants have to fill up the online application form separately for MURP program at: www.xim.edu.in . Upon successfully filling the online application form and paying the relevant application fee, the applicant will be intimated by email about the acceptance of the form.


Selection Process

The short-listed candidates will be called for Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview, which will be held in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Candidates will have to meet their own travel expenses for appearing in the Interview session. The final selection will be made on the basis of the candidate's performance in the Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview (which factors in the past academic record and relevant work experience).


The program will begin by the first week of July 2021 for the first year students. At this time the students will be given a Manual of Policies and Regulations which will be binding on them.

Application Deadline

The last date to fill up the application form is August 31st, 2021.

Online Application is Closed…

All admission and program related queries may be addressed as follows:

For Admission

Telephone: +91-674-2377 806 / 2377 878
Email: admission@xub.edu.in


Contact: 7894-218-494


Contact: 9861-514-977

Program Related

Telephone: +91-674-2377735, 8800527523, 8900363173, 8860436466
Email: xahs@xub.edu.in

Contact: 9053-614-583

To know more about MURP program visit : https://xahs.xub.edu.in/programs/master-in-urp/

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 Masterplan 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.

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 final dissertation by research or design, in any of the following areas –

  • Water and Waste Management
  • Urban Mobility
  • Housing Development and Financing
  • Economic Development & Livelihoods
Sl No. Term - I Subjects Term - II Subjects
Theoretical Foundations of Sustainable Planning
City and Metropolitan Planning
Statistics for Planning
Urban Heritage Conservation
Socio-economic bases for Planning
Urban Politics & Local Governance
Social Research Methods
Planning Studio - II – Urban Development Planning
Settlement Planning and Management Practice Colloquium
Planning Techniques
Habitat Planning & Development Ethics Seminar
Planning Studio I - Settlements Structure and Systems
Settlement Planning and Management Practice Colloquium
Sl No. Term - III Subjects Term - IV Subjects
Development Finance
Strategic Planning for Settlements
Urban Development Management
Infrastructure & Utilities Planning
Land Management and Development Guidelines
Law and Professional Practice
Planning Studio III – Participatory Local Area Planning
Planning Studio -IV – Regional Planning
Planning Research (Pre dissertation)
Resilience and Disaster Management (E)
Settlement Planning and Management Practice Colloquium
Spatial Justice & Inclusive Strategies(E)
Sl No. Term - V Subjects Term - VI Subjects
Dissertation – Part I
Dissertation – Part II
Choice of Specializations :
(a) Housing Development and Financing-I
(b) Urban Economic
(c) Development & Livelihoods-I
(d) Urban Mobility -I
(e) Water and Waste Management-I
One Elective from below :
(a) Housing Development and Financing-II
(b) Urban Economic Development & Livelihoods-II
(c) Urban Mobility -II
(d) Water and Waste Management-II