University of Leuven

Urbanism and Strategic Planning, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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As an internationally oriented programme developing a critical understanding of contemporary conditions of cities and urban regions, the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning at University of Leuven aims to cultivate innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through design, planning and policies.


What is the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning about? 

The Master of Science in Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) at University of Leuven is a four-semester academic degree offered within the Faculty of Engineering Science by the Department of Architecture. The programme interacts with research conducted by the research groups active in the department.

The MaUSP programme is part of the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU), and students can apply to attend one or two semesters abroad at one of the partner universities - UPC Barcelona, TU Delft or IUAV Venezia - to obtain the additional European Postgraduate Master of Urbanism.

The joint EMU programme is a collaborative effort bringing together the best components of existing curricula, creating new courses and offering a top-ranking professional degree by combining the specificity and strengths of the participating universities. The consortium functions as a platform for promoting an exchange of knowledge, ideas, and research projects on current urban trends in Europe and the world.

Career perspectives

After successfully completing the programme, you will have acquired a thorough knowledge of urbanisation in different contexts. You will have learned to work on various scale levels, with an understanding of the interferences between scales. You will be able to conduct a critical analysis of spatial phenomena in relation to the social and economic forces driving them. Building upon such analysis, you can design strategic interventions that are politically and economically feasible, and that have a structural impact. You will have developed excellent communication skills, visually as well as textually, and you will be able to function in a research environment.

Graduates will be able to provide professional architectural and/or urban design experience to design offices, consultancy firms, or work as public servants. Urbanism is closely related to current and rapid social transformation and there is a continual need for professionals capable of elaborating new interpretations, strategies and designs in response to emerging trends. MaUSP graduates are highly valued in urban design offices, consultancy firms for urban development and management, real estate agencies that develop public-private partnerships and the public sector.

Programme Structure

All courses are compulsory.

  • Studio Concepts and Analysis
  • Theory and Practice of Urbanism since 1945
  • Relevant Practice & Introduction to Research Methods & Study Trip
  • Strategic Spatial Planning
  • Relevant Practice and Study Trip
  • Studio Urban Design and Planning
  • Project Development and Management
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Design Strategies
For more info please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

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.

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  • 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).

Academic Requirements

Core documents

  • PDF scans of your diplomas and transcripts of academic records
  • PDF scan of the translation of your diploma and official transcripts
  • English Proficiency Certificate
  • PDF of the proof of payment of the application fee made either via bank transfer or via credit card
  • PDF scan of the identity page of your passport
  • PDF of your motivation letter
  • PDF of your CV

Additional documents

  • Recommendation Letters
  • Mainland Chinese citizens who do not hold a non-Chinese degree, need to submit an APS certificate
  • Applicants for the International scholar status at KU Leuven must upload the PDF scan of a proof of enrolment at their home university.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6000 International
  • EUR 6000 EU/EEA


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