M.Sc. Urbanism and Strategic Planning (Adv.)

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR6000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR6000 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
KU Leuven - University of Leuven | Leuven, Belgium
As an internationally oriented programme developing a critical understanding of contemporary conditions of cities and urban regions, it aims to cultivate innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through design, planning and policies. It prepares students for leadership roles in urban design, urban development and management, and strategic planning, with a special focus on European-wide urban problems. The programme interacts with research conducted by the research groups active in the department.

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The Master of Science in Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) is a four-semester academic degree offered within the Faculty of Engineering Science by the Department of Architecture. As an internationally oriented programme developing a critical understanding of contemporary conditions of cities and urban regions, it aims to cultivate innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through design, planning and policies. It prepares students for leadership roles in urban design, urban development and management, and strategic planning, with a special focus on European-wide urban problems. 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.The Master of Science in Urbanism and Strategic Planning is an Advanced Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time of part-time basis.Courses are organized according to the following setup:- Core courses- Design studios- Optional courses- Final design thesisDesign studios from the heart of the programme, a status reflected in their credit load. They are organized as two full days of work on Mondays and Tuesday to provide an intensive and immersive working environment, as occurs in most professional practices. They also are courses where a balance between teamwork and individual contribution is developed, since students are subdivided in small but varied groups from inception.Depending on the track students choose (urbanism or planning), certain optional courses become compulsory.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 6000 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR 6000 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The aim of the programme is to deliver graduates who are able to work in a critical and independent way in the discipline. They should be able to create workable spaces which structurally influence the complex developments in the field of urban and regional planning.

By the end of the programme the student will have acquired:

  • knowledge of diverse contexts of urbanization, in Europe and the world;
  • knowledge of working at various levels of scale, with an ability to explain the interference between these levels of scale;
  • design methods that are supported by a thorough analysis of the spatial phenomena dominating contemporary urbanization, and an understanding of the social forces underlying these phenomena;
  • the ability to intervene in a strategic project which is politically and economically feasible, and which exercises a structuring effect that transcends its direct impact;
  • skill in designing spatial interventions and strategies;
  • skill in achieving a critical view of society's spatial functioning;
  • sound communicative skills;
  • the knowledge and skills required to participate in scholarly research.

Lecture series

Guest lectures and seminars form an important part of the programme. Most are compulsory. The programme benefits from the department's worldwide contacts in the field of human settlements and urbanism. Professionals involved in teaching, design, and consultancy activities from different corners of the world reflect the international character of the MaUSP curriculum.

Study trips

Study trips to various destinations are organised throughout the academic year. You will be able to see and experience the area studied and will have the unique opportunity to link your theoretical knowledge to daily practice and fieldwork. The trips include visits to sites, lectures by local experts, as well as a range of assignments. Recent study trips in Europe have been made to France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and London (UK). Furthermore, one-day visits within Belgium are organised to support courses and provide an understanding of local current trends in urban transformations.

As a key feature of the programme, a study trip and studio-related fieldwork sessions are offered in a non-Western context. You will be given the opportunity to travel to the non-European studio context for fieldwork and visits to best practices sites and other relevant sites for about two weeks.

EMU design workshops

Annual design workshops are a compulsory and crucial activity offered by K.U.Leuven and the other three partner universities (IUAV Venice, UPC Barcelona, and TU Delft). This weeklong exchange of ideas and exposure to four different schools' approaches intensifies and broadens the programme's purpose. To date, students have had the opportunity to undertake design investigations in Conegliano (Italy), in the area of "Prà dei Gai", and the area around Venice.

Requirements

After admission procedureOn the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community:Master in de architectuur (Brussel, Gent)Master of Architecture (Brussel, Gent)Master of Human Settlements (Leuven)Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file.- Master of Engineering: architecture- Master of Landscape Architecture- Master of Spatial Planning- Master of Urban Planning / DesignApplicants should fulfil the following formal requirements:- Be a graduate (with minimum 5 years of university education) in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Urban or Physical Planning with a good academic record (normal level of 70 %, of GPA 2.8/3.0, second class upper). The relevance of the academic record will be compared for each university and/or country of origin.- Have a good command of English, certified by a score on al language test (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS) indicating a C-1 level on the Common European Framework of the Council of Europe (www.culture2.coe.int/portfolio). Further information about language requirements is available on our web pages at www.kuleuven.be/english/admission/language.htm. Candidates who can prove that their entire university education was taken in English (for example in a Commonwealth country) can be exempted from this requirement.- Submit a letter of motivation and a portfolio which clearly demonstrate their sound professional intentions and relevant experience.- Applicants with some years of relevant professional experience will be preferred.Admission is given by the programme director.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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