Planning is an interand multidisciplinary field of knowledge and practice which allows professionals to deal with the spatial dimension of human activities. Courses and modules provide education in systems thinking and complexity (systems theory, environmental science), prepare the students for leadership (management) and focus on policy making (urban planning, regional policy, EU spatial policy and marketing places) as well as on planning law and plan preparation (techniques of plan preparation) to prepare students for the complicated processes and procedures in planning practice. Courses in models in spatial policy and spatial economics seek to equip the students with methodological tools for spatial analysis and scenario development. Wrocław University of Science and Technology is the only university in Poland which offers the courses in modelling and computer simulation of spatial development. The programme consists of 3 semesters and, apart from the compulsory courses, provides a variety of elective courses - from regional planning to advanced tools in spatial modelling and participatory planning. In addition, at least two elective subject streams are opened each semester. The trends are conducted in the form of lectures and design studios, and concern such topics as: climate change, digital technologies, urban renewal, etc. The students are offered to enjoy at least one studio project each semester. A Master's thesis (which can include also a professional project, plan or strategy) exploring a planning research topic must be produced as a final part of the programme (20 ECTS). The thesis has to be presented, in both written and oral form, to a committee of academics for examination.
The graduates in spatial planning can plan their career in both public and private sectors. They are prepared to work at the municipalities, in the planning units as well as in regional authorities' offices and at the national level administration (i.e. Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Regional Development). They can also develop their career in public agencies (e.g. linked to the environmental issues, water management, transportation, tourism, etc.). The graduates are prepared to lead teams working on statutory plans (local plans, urban development plans) as well as on optional planning studies and plans. They can also work in the private real estate agencies, investment banks, as analytics and in other companies having interest in spatial dimension of the economy. The graduates are prepared to begin their doctoral studies in planning.
Requirements: Bachelor's or Bachelor of Engineering Degree. Minimum 210 ECTS.
Important note for entry criteria: Master's programme in planning is open to students with a non-planning background. This means that the programme is suitable, among others, for those who completed their first degree in: environmental studies, geography, transport studies, landscape architecture, architecture. Background in public administration, economy, sociology or mathematics, physics, IT and computer studies is also welcome. Each application is assessed individually on its merits. If in doubt, please contact an Admission Officer.
English Language requirements
Equivalent of minimum TOEFL IBT – 87 points or 6.5 points IELTS. List of accepted language certificates can be checked online.