This Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering programme at Aalto University focuses on future challenges of sustainable built environment, tackling topical global megatrends, such as urbanisation and the need for greener cities. The defining characteristic of the programme is its focus on a wide range of approaches from people’s daily life and mobility to large-scale strategic and systemic thinking necessary for shaping the built environment.
As a student, students will gain excellent competencies to work for smarter and more liveable cities and to respond to emerging issues of constantly changing built environments and technologies. In addition to a strong theoretical basis, they will acquire insights into current research themes, and capabilities in applying a variety of planning and analysis tools in contemporary tasks of land use and transportation.
Through interactive learning methods, students will gain hands-on experiences on a range of urban themes and methodologies. Engaged in studio courses, they will learn systemic thinking, creative problem-solving, ethical reflectivity, as well as tools for participatory processes and communication skills in various forums and through various media. Moreover, they will be able to critically interpret and process knowledge from multiple sources and implement this knowledge in a variety of complex urban processes.
As a graduate of this programme, you will become an enabler of a sustainable future in cities. In addition, you will be able to improve the quality of life for people – in a variety of scales, now and in the long term. Our graduates can specialise in different professional roles of choice, including urban, regional and/or transportation planner, developer, analyst, policy-maker, traffic engineer, transportation modeller, Intelligent Transport Systems engineering, manager, or researcher.
You can continue your studies in the Doctoral Programme of the School of Engineering and specialise further in the fields covered in our programme. Doctoral students work in the research teams of our professors and engage in international PhD workshops and conferences, thus benefiting from the broad support of their peers and supervisors.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score (Grade C):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation. The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:
Your study background can be in urban and land use planning or transportation engineering, but also a variety of studies in other fields related to planning and transportation engineering could prepare you for the programme.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.
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