STUDY PROG MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies. London School of Economics, London, UK.

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The MSc Regional & Urban Planning Studies is a strongly focused and internationally based planning programme that has a long tradition in training both people seeking careers in urban and regional planning policy and mid-career professionals.  Founded in 1966 by the departments of Economics, Geography and Government, the programme (now housed solely in the department of Geography & Environment) continues a strong interdisciplinary focus challenging students to understand cities and regions from an economic, social and environmental perspective. The MSc aims to provide a common understanding of the various influences affecting the planning process, and to teach a set of research skills that will help planners in practice. These skills include urban and regional economic analysis, the evaluation of environmental and regional policies and the study of institutional and political factors that impact city and regional development. These perspectives will be applied to London and to a wide range of countries and cities through lectures and seminar debate.

Students join the course from many countries and from many different backgrounds in the social sciences and the design, planning and property professions. Most graduates go on to work in city, regional or environmental planning, particularly on the research and consultancy side of practice.

A strong sense of identity is generated in the student body, and the alumni keep in regular contact with each other through an annual newsletter. A number of walks are conducted early in the first term to help students orient to London and a fieldtrip is held during the Easter vacation, the destination is chosen by the students. This is held in various British regions or cities or on continental Europe. Recent student cohorts have chosen Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow, Dublin and Amsterdam. The students also run a Planning Society, which organises speakers, shorter trips and social events.

Planum The Journal of Urbanism Newsletter July 2012 – Choice of planner’s study programs

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Planum. The Journal of Urbanism is pleased to present you a selection of Masters and Master of Science courses for the next accademic years, in Europe and in collaboration with extra-European Universities as well.
Masters and MSc courses have been selected for their educational programmes and fields of studies, for the relevance of the hosting Universities and for their aims and formative demands. Masters and MSc are open for applications for students a
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DPEA | Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette

International Post-Master
Recherches en Architecture 2012-2013

Deadline:6 July 2012
Duration: 1 accademic year of 34 weeks with one day at week of lesson
Language: French
Credits: 60 ECTS

Les mutations et transformations territoriales, urbaines et architecturales observables dans bien des parties du monde actuel constituent un défi qui ne saurait se limiter aux seuls aspects spatiaux. Observer ces transformations ne saurait donc suffire: il faut les comprendre pour mieux agir.

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EUR | Erasmus University Rotterdam
UGM | Gadjah Mada University Indonesia

MSc Double degree
Urban and Regional Planning and Management in Indonesia

Deadline: mid July 2012
Duration: 3 September 2012 – 27 September 2014
Language: English

The Master programme combines one year in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on urban and regional planning in Indonesia with one year on urban management and development in the Netherlands. It offers two accredited master diplomas within a two year.

Contacts: Main website | Master website | E-mail contact

ETH | Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Master Courses
· Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems Master (Credits ECTS: 120)
· Geomatic Engineering and Planning Master (Credits ECTS: 90)

Deadline: 1 November or 15 December 2012 – to start the programme the following October
Duration: 3 or 4 semesters
Language: English and German
Credits: 120 – 60 ECTS

The Spatial Master Course offers a broadly based education in the fields of Spatial Use, Development a
nd Economics, Planning Methodology, Communication, Transport Planning and Systems. 
The Geomatic Master‘s knowledge ranges from the geosciences to computer science to spatial planning. Geomatic engineers monitor the structures of our living and working space, and contribute to a better understanding of processes relevant to the earth’s environment.

Contacts: Spatial Master Website | Geomatic Master Website | E-mail contact

TU | Delft University of Technology

Master of Science
Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences

Deadline: between December and April – to start the programme the following October
Duration: 2 years
Language: Dutch and English

The Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft offers a dynamic Master’s programme very much informed by the unique circumstances of the Netherlands, where the high population density has strongly influenced thinking ab
out how to work creatively with space. The Faculty has an outstanding reputation and attracts students from all over the world. The programme is especially strong in such areas as design, research, management, technology and research-by-design.

Contacts: Main website | Master website | E-mail contact

UCL | University College of London
The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

Master of Science
MSc International Planning

Deadline: 3 August 2012
Duration: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years or more
Language: English
Credits: 180 ECTS

The MSc International Planning is intended for students who want an international perspective on planning systems and cultures or are likely to work outside the UK after their studies. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one specialism with two module
s (30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Contacts: Main website | Master website | E-mail contact

UPC | Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Master of Science
Master’s degree in Urbanism

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Deadline: before September 2012
Duration: 2 years
Language: Spanish
Credits: 120 ECTS

The field of urbanism must be closely linked to the rapid changes in our society in the new information era, and to the growing complexity of urban phenomena and their interaction. The aim of this master’s degree is to provide resources to confront the challenges of contemporary urban planning, as well as new tools for critical intervention in different contexts.

Contacts: Main website | Master Website | E-mail contact


Politecnico di Milano 

Master of Science
Urban Planning and Policy Design

Deadline: 5 September 2011 for entry in October, 20 February 2012 for entry in March
Duration: 2 years
Language: English
Credits: 120 ECTS

The aim of the Programme is to train highly-qualified figures in the field of spatial planning at the urban and territorial scale, construction, assessment and management of complex programmes and projects for change and governance of cities, territories and landscape.

Contacts: Main Website | Master Website | E-mail contact

KTH | Royal Institute of Technology Stockolm

Master of Science
Master Sustainable Urban Planning and Design (THSSM)

Deadline: 15 October for studies/project work starting in January, later for those in the spring
Duration: 2 years
Language: English
Credits: 120 ECTS

The Master’s programme in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design prepares students for these tasks and provides them with a thorough understanding of the planning process and the aesthetic, social, economic and environmental determinants that contribute
to sustainable urban development. The programme brings together students of architecture, planning, civil engineering, and natural and social sciences.

Contacts: Main Website | Master Website | E-mail contact

University of Copenhagen

Master of Science
MSc in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

Deadline: 1 January – to start the programme the following October
Duration: 2 years
Language: English
Credits: 120 ECTS

As an MSc in landscape architecture and urban design, you shape the future urban environments and housing areas, parks and landscapes, so that they provide excellent human and natural settings for many years to come. During the MSc programme, you specialise in landscape planning, park management or urban design.

Contacts: Main Website | Master Website | E-mail contact


Università IUAV di Venezia
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Universitat de Girona
Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa
Università di Sassari

European Master Course
Planning and Policies for Cities, Environment and Landscape

Deadline: forthcoming
Duration: 2 years
Language: Italian and Spanish

The European Masters Course in Planning and policies for the City, Environment and Landscape is a joint degree course offered by the CAP Consortium partners, that include two Italian univerisities, two Spanish-Catalan universities and one Portuguese university. Students will have the possibility of studying for one semester at three universities of choice, and can
choose to work on their thesis and/or participate in a job placement scheme in numerous other international destinations.

Contacts: Main website | Master Website | E-mail contact

TU | Delft University of Technology
UPC | Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
KUL | Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Università IUAV di Venezia

EMU European Postgraduate Master
Urbanism Strategies and design for cities and territories

Deadline: related to the hosting institution
Duration: 2 years (4 semester)
Language: English
Credits: 120 ECTS

The joint European Postgraduate master programme in Urbanism is focused on a set of key issues (to be periodically reviewed and up-dated) which reflect contemporary challenges within cities and territories. The issues frame the design studios and provide the stude
nts with a structure to orient their individual educations tracks. The master course is design oriented and affirms the role of design in the knowledge process, while integrating different levels of scale. Learning by doing, research by design and the project as knowledge producer constitute the key concerns and standpoints of this master.

Contacts: Master Website | E-mail contact

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STUDY PROG MA “Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation”, University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte), Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (KONS), Vienna, Austria.

“Social Design -Arts as Urban Innovation” is a new master programme at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte) and the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität

Urban Environment
Today, more than half of the world population lives in cities, and according to UN reports another 200,000 people arrive each day. In the next 20 years, cities around the globe will expand by 1.5 million square kilometres and in 25 years two-thirds of the world population will live in cities. In this global event we can identify the triggering factors behind tremendous restructuring processes: the transformational power of the industrial and digital revolution. This development places cities as complex, self-generating environments under enormous pressure. Through the densification and concentration of the population, economy, capital, and media, as well as culture and knowledge in urban agglomerations, both their spatial and social fabric are subject to overproportional stress.

Social Design
In order to account for this global development, new concepts are needed that address the overall process of knowledge production in society. Especially art universities are predestined to formulate these new, distinct perspectives on the inherent logic of cities and the corresponding dynamics of their processes. Artistic research can generate links between multifaceted disciplinary expertise and the problems posed by the urban realm. The University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte) in cooperation with the Konservatorium Wien University (KONS) have therefore implemented a new master degree programme dedicated to these challenges that emerge within urban social systems and the broad spectrum of related issues. The shaping of reality viewed on the example of urban agglomerations and contrasted with the urban context of Vienna initially forms both the field of work and the scale for the realisation of the individual projects.

Transdisciplinary Programme Structure
The master programme is oriented towards graduates from diverse fields of study, thereby stipulating work in transdisciplinary teams as the central teaching and learning approach in the programme. On the basis of professional competences acquired in their respective previous studies, students become acquainted with transcending disciplinary codes and thinking and working in greater interrelationships. Art in synergy with project-related scientific methods and knowledge is seen as a tool for urban innovation. The academic principle of research-oriented teaching is further enhanced by cooperations with non-university institutions.

Apply Now!!!
Deadline for Submission of Portfolio (Part one of entrance exam): 14.09.2012
Entrance Exam: 24.09.2012 – 28.09.2012

Detailed Information about the Programme and the Entrance Exam:

Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation
Universität für angewandte Kunst / University of Applied Arts
Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Wien/ Vienna, Austria


PhD Studentship: Understanding the historical dynamics of sustainable consumption

“Sustainable development” came to the fore of public attention in 1987 with the report of the Brundlandt Commission but it has had a longer history. The aim of this PhD studentship is to advance our understanding of the dynamics of sustainable consumption in the past to shed fresh light on the present.
The project will make a contribution to the SCI research strand on Sustainable Consumer Behaviours and Lifestyles by developing a historical case study. The following research areas are indicative but not meant to be exclusive. We particularly invite project applications that speak to one of the following problems:
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STUDY PROGRAM: Urban Studies MSc at University College London

Cities are now a critical focus for research, policy-making and public debate. More than half the global population now lives in cities and according to the United Nations this number is set to rise to three-quarters by the year 2050. The scale and complexity of these developments necessitate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary modes of analysis that can address critical challenges and influence debates both within and outside the academy.
The Urban Studies MSc at UCL gives students the opportunity to better understand these debates and to apply this knowledge in the course of their career – whether this is geared towards further research and writing or through an enriched practical and professional contribution to the urban arena.
The MSc draws on teaching and research from across four UCL faculties (Arts and Humanities; the Bartlett School of the Built Environment; Engineering Sciences; and Social and Historical Sciences). Students take three core modules in “Urban imaginations”, “Cities, space and power” and “Urban practices” then choose further courses from over forty optional modules. These range from research methods training to specialist modules such as “Community participation in city strategies”, “Creative cities”, “Comparative urbanism”, “London”, “Public space and the city”, “Asian cities” and “Post-colonial theory and the multicultural city.”
Entry requirements are the equivalent of a first or upper-second class degree. Full time, part time and flexible study options are available.

For further details please visit the course website:
Academic enquiries to Andrew Harris:
Admissions enquiries to Fiona Mannion:

Study Program: Sustainable Urban Management Malmö University, Sweden

The city of Malmö, Sweden is a city that has successfully rebranded itself as a Sustainable Urban Centre. As such, the city has identified the Sustainable Urban Management (SUM) program as a tool to help educate a group of cultural diverse, talented and extremely dedicated students.

The SUM program at the University of Malmö is a premier program in Sustainable Development which is intended to educate a new generation of sustainable global thinkers with the tools required to create lasting changes to the way building practices are completed the world across.

The programme was established 18 November 2009 .
This programme syllabus (version: 5.000) was approved 09 December 2010 by the Board of Studies at Department of Urban Studies.
The syllabus is valid from 03 September 2012 . Replacement for programme syllabus ratified .

Entry requirements
Bachelor´s degree consisting of 180 credits or equivalent.The equivalent of English B in Swedish secondary school.

Learning outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will:

  • have the knowledge, ability and approach needed to independently work with sustainable urban development projects
  • have knowledge of the scientific basis of environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable urban development and have a comprehension of present research and practice within the field
  • have a broad understanding of sustainable urban development and a profound knowledge of sustainability and urbanization processes together with a profound knowledge of management processes that influence urban development

Skills and Competencies
After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will be able to:

  • critically and systematically identify, formulate and manage complexity in projects and processes of sustainable development
  • critically and constructively prepare, analyze and assess projects and processes for sustainable urban development
  • relate different theoretical perspectives of sustainable urban development to practical examples and compare the effect of different indicators of sustainability in evaluations of urban development projects
  • elaborate and motivate forms of collaboration between important stakeholders for the development of sustainable solutions in the urban environment
  • describe and discuss – both orally and in writing – conclusions, knowledge and arguments associated with the subject matter in dialogue with various parties

Judgement and Approach

After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will be
able to:

  • show the ability to ethically relate her/his work to the different needs of society and various groups of people as well as to the interaction between people and the built environment
  • demonstrate insight and ability of teamwork and collaboration between groups of different composition and create motivation for strategies for sustainable urban development
  • identify their individual need for further knowledge and recognise the importance of continuous development of their competence

List of courses for program event SASUM12h, starting 03 September 2012 :

  • Sustainable Urban Development (compulsory) – Starts 03 September 2012
  • Sustainable Urban Development:Thesis (compulsory) – Starts 01 April 2013
  • Project and Process Management for Sustainable Urban Development (compulsory) – Starts 21 January 2013

Evaluations and analysis of urban projects and case studies are pronounced elements in the education. Case studies, fieldwork and study visits form the basis for encounters and discussions with different specialists in sustainable urban development. Different educational and professional student backgrounds constitute an important resource in the education. The Autumn semester (September to January) contains one 30 credit fulltime course and the Spring semester (January to July) contains two fulltime 15 credit courses.

Sustainable Urban Development (30 credits) assess the concept of sustainable urban development, it’s theoretical basis and practical application, with the aim to create a profound understanding of sustainable urban development projects and processes. The course outlines the challenges and possibilities of urban areas and analyzes sustainability in relation to urban development projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The concept of sustainable urban development and its implementation in practice in Malmö and the Öresund region is introduced, analyzed and discussed.

Project and Process Management for Sustainable Urban Development (15 credits) deals with leadership, organization development and learning processes. Theories and tools for organizing and leading processes of change with a focus on sustainable urban development are introduced and assessed.

Thesis in Sustainable Urban Development (15 credits) is an advanced study in the field of Built Environment and is regarded as the degree project of the programme. Students identify and analyze a problem area of relevance to sustainable urban development.

Master of Arts / Science (60 credits).
Master of Science with a Major in Built Environment (one year).


Research Center: SpaceLab Delft

SpaceLab TU Delft

Spacelab is a research and teaching laboratory set up to investigate the city as a spatial framework of living urban societies, economies and cultures, and as the transforming landscape of a transforming everyday life. We are interested in ideas of the space, dynamism and change of the city and try to develop these ideas so they may be interesting and useful to spatial planners and urban designers. We work by tracing the real-life dynamics of real cities and metropolitan areas and developing space-time models of neighborhoods, cities and whole metropolitan landscapes on this basis. We look at the way ideas of community, society, culture and economy may be articulated in these dynamic patterns and develop spatial strategies to affect or steer urban development to social, economic, cultural and sustainability ends. We try to understand the changing character of specific locations and regions in the context of the space-time transformation processes of the city as a whole.

We start from the position that we live in the ‘complete urbanization’ Henri Lefebvre spoke of already in 1970. We understand urbanization as the spread of the ways of life and the material substance of cities over the earth – as evidenced by the famous NASA photograph of the world at night. But we take it also to be part of the way that human beings have fabricated their world through history and made it coherent and inhabitable; not just as part of an explicit planning process but as part of the way they have constructed the world to orders that have made it part of everyday lives and available to our experience and action. We believe that careful and considered urbanization, as a means of organizing and managing limited spatial and material resources, and containing the spread of our ecological footprint, is still the way to a sustainable future for human beings on this planet. This is a political as well as a technical task and will require changes in the way we take responsibility for the world around us, but these changes will come as they are forced on us by the crises of sustainability and the justice of distribution.

We work all over the world but from the Netherlands and from Europe; and we see hopeful indications towards the future in some of the concerns and priorities of European spatial planning, and more especially in the way the urbanized landscape of the Netherlands has been built and sustained as a cultural landscape over time. We live in a natural world become culture and have to begin to understand the way this changes our role in this world from that of exploiters of the natural world to sustainers, maintainers and guardians of a cultural one.

Spacelab is part of the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy and we work in partnership with the chairs of Urban Design and Architectural Theory. We carry out research within the ULab and Randstad research programs. We also teach with our partners in the MSc Urbanism program, taking on graduating (semester 3 and 4) students as assistants in research, developing and applying methods for analysis and strategies for the development of different locations around the world.

Study Program: MSc Urban Studies, University College London


Cities are now a critical focus for research, policy-making and public debate. More than half the global population now lives in cities and according to the United Nations this number is set to rise to three-quarters by the year 2050.

The scale and complexity of these developments necessitate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary modes of analysis that can address critical challenges and influence debates both within and outside the academy.  These issues range from emerging conceptions of urban design to large-scale challenges such as slums, poverty and access to basic services.  Cities are now at the maelstrom of social change reflected in new conceptions of identity, collective memory and the technological transformations of everyday life.  By taking this MSc you will be better able to understand these debates and apply your own knowledge in the course of your career – whether this is geared towards further research and writing or through an enriched practical and professional contribution to the urban arena.

Course convenors: Professor Matthew Gandy and Professor Nick Phelps

Download the MSc course brochure (PDF 154kb)

Study Program: Part-time M.Sc. in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford

Part-time MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford – recruiting now for entry in October, 2011

This two-year master’s programme is offered by Oxford’s Continuing Professional Development Centre in association with The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. Both intellectually rigorous and strongly grounded in professional practice, it is aimed at professionals worldwide who are working across the sustainable urban development sector. Through meaningful and state-of-the-art learning, it provides opportunities for employers to develop their workforce and for individuals to enhance their career prospects.

With an interdisciplinary focus, the programme is taught by leading researchers and practitioners from Oxford and other major academic and professional institutions. Continue reading Study Program: Part-time M.Sc. in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford

Study Program: City, Culture, and Community: Ph.D. in Sociology, Urban Studies, Social Work, Tulane University

I am pleased to announce that Tulane University has awarded funding for a new Ph.D. Program in Sociology, Urban Studies, and Social Work titled City, Culture and Community (CCC) (website: The newly formed CCC Ph.D. Program is a broad-based and integrative graduate education-research program that addresses interrelationships between the physical environment, the built environment, and social, economic, and political institutions and processes that shape urban areas.  The intellectual focus of the CCC program is unique in bringing together interdisciplinary approaches in the social sciences, social work, architecture, law, humanities and applying them to understand a range of issues pertaining to cities, culture, and communities.   The new CCC program reflects Tulane University’s effort and commitment to further interdisciplinary research and education to achieve greater synergy among related disciplines, to focus resources on programs of existing strength, and to put greater emphasis on subjects related to the transformation of urban communities.  The CCC’s breadth of interdisciplinary study allow students considerable flexibility to tailor their training to individual research interests while providing a depth of disciplinary skills in sociology, urban studies, or social work.

CCC Ph.D. Program awards degrees in three disciplines:

*    Ph.D. in Sociology – City, Culture, and Community (CCC)
*    Ph.D. in Urban Studies – City, Culture, and Community (CCC)
*    Ph.D. in Social Work – City, Culture, and Community (CCC)
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