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Urban and Regional Planning

Study programme

Our curriculum addresses the complexity of urban challenges. It will teach you the techniques of planning policymaking, scientific planning research and reflective practice. It will allow you to develop your own specialised profile of a planning researcher and practitioner.

  • First semester

    The courses in the first semester will allow you to:

    • Understand contemporary planning approaches from an historical perspective (Planning: a Theory of Praxis, 6 ECTS)
    • Identify pathways to address the socio-ecological effects of urbanisation (Climate Proof Development of Cities and Strategic Planning, 6 ECTS)
    • Provide the creative and experimental environment where to rethink collaboratively the change of urban society beyond mainstream prototypes (Masterstudio Future Cities, 6 ECTS)
  • Second semester

    The courses in the second semester will allow you to:

    • Actively combine a range of empirical research methods to study urban phenomena Research Methodologies I: Qualitative and Quantitative research and Research Methodologies II: Spatial Analyses, both 6 ECTS)
    • Build your own unique research profile as planner (Master thesis Urban and Regional Planning, 24 ECTS)

  • Thesis

    Students complete the Master's programme Urban and Regional Planning with a Master's thesis in which they combine the knowledge acquired through the programme with their own interests and research objects. Based on rigorous empirical research and concepts, the thesis writing will teach you how to answer socially relevant questions and to do so in an independent way.

    We offer different research formats for theses, all supported by personalized advise from our scholars. Next to science driven research approaches you will have the option to perform an 'extra-curricular internship' during your thesis. You can join a field trip abroad to do international empirical research. You can also join our ‘planning in practice’ thesis path, which allows you to cooperate with our partners from practice in addressing concrete urban challenges.

  • Climate Proof Development of Cities and Strategic Planning
    Period 1
  • Planning: a Theory of Praxis
    Period 1
  • Masterstudio Future Cities (MFC)
    Period 3
  • Research Methodologies I: Qualitative and Quantitative research
    Period 4
  • Research Methodologies II: Spatial Analyses
    Period 4
  • Master Thesis Urban and Regional Planning
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Thematic electives
    Period 2
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