Masters Programs in Urban Development

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Urban Development

The need for urban development has never been absent since the dawn of civilization. Whichever part of the world it may be, the principles and techniques used by urban developers remain indispensable.

Urban development is the science of creating livable and efficient settlements in both urban and rural areas. To such extent, urban developers are involved in all the steps of planning, building and maintaining habitable communities ranging from small farming towns to sprawling megalopolises. Urban developers take into consideration several key factors, such as population size, economic activity, local customs, geography, weather and so much more. While the needs of different towns and cities around the world differ, a well-rounded master's degree program in urban development should incorporate practices and theories that could be applied in any situation and be used to solve the problems at hand.

Urban developers have been involved in the construction of most, if not all, of the world's marvels from both the ancient times and the contemporary era. From the creation of purpose-built capital cities of Canberra, Australia and Brasília, Brazil, to the implementation of innovative ideas to provide potable water and irrigation to rural villages in Africa; urban developers were there.

Individuals with a Master in Urban Development will find themselves in key roles in these undertakings of historic and monumental proportion. As experts in the science of human settlement, contributions of Master in Urban Development holders are sure to leave a lasting legacy and an indelible impression on generations to come."

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MSc in Architecture

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

Lund University's School of Architecture produces creative architects with the ability to identify and address problems within the field of architecture and infrastructure. The programme is both artistic and academic and provides comprehensive training in dealing with spatial design problems and theoretical issues. [+]

Programme overview

The world of today is growing more globally interlinked and connected, thus offering new challenges for architecture. These challenges concern everything from the densification of cities and sustainability, to threats related to extreme events and the environment. Lund University, located in the dynamic Copenhagen-Malmö region, is well known for its competence and knowledge, and offers superb resources for studying these matters in a broader context. The programme combines best practice with advanced research, thus educating students to become highly skilled professionals who are competitive at an international level. Teaching contains both theoretical and hands-on projects aiming to find future-focused solutions to real-world issues. The programme features international collaboration, as well as locally active professionals. The process of working/learning consists of a mixture of workshops, crits, tutorials with invited guests (both international and local) and longer projects that will be exhibited to a public audience. The objectives of the Master’s programme in Architecture are: to offer a broad education in architecture with possible specialisation within three main fields (Advanced Architectural Design, Spatial Experiment, and Human Shelter/Urban Space) to provide students with the skills to manifest an internationally recognised capacity to act within a challenging but uncertain future related to globalization and extreme situations. Programme structure... [-]


IAAD + Écoles de Condé

École de Condé
Campus Full time September 2017 France Paris Lyon Bordeaux Nice Nancy Italy + 4 more

IAAD and the Écoles de Condé announce the signing of an important strategic partnership, which will result in the integration of these two units within a wider reality. Among the joint projects, new courses, new teaching models and new locations will be considered in order to increase opportunities for students. [+]

Master program in INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE - New forms of contemporary living IAAD and the Écoles de Condé announce the signing of an important strategic partnership, which will result in the integration of these two units within a wider reality. Among the joint projects, new courses, new teaching models and new locations will be considered in order to increase opportunities for students. Through this partnership, unique in its kind, the two institutions will give a new dimension to their educational projects which will give a truly European value: at the beginning of a.y. 2013-2014, the courses France-Italy and Italy-France will be accessible to students of both schools. This agreement immediately allows IAAD students to access the Strategic Master of Écoles de Condé - as Communication, Architecture and Art Direction of Trade Luxury, Interior Design and common areas and the overall research and innovation - and French students to access to IAAD specializations - such as Transportation Design and Industrial Design. Inside the Écoles de Condé, the new courses will incorporate the knowledge of the language and culture of Italian design, improving the courses offered under the various Bachelor and Master of Design and Graphic Arts (design of spaces, the product of fashion and graphic design), and gradually form a proper area of Italian design. The Master examines the space designed both in its aesthetic and functional aspects and in those, less obvious, methods of use and symbolic values. It emerges a dual path, starting from the instinct of men to make... [-]

Master in Urban and Regional Development

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master in Urban and Regional Development offers in-depth training in the areas of town and country landuse planning, urban development and landscape planning, in the North and in the South. The programme puts a strong emphasis on practical experience (through project-based workshops or internships, for example), allowing students to develop the expertise necessary to make territorial diagnoses and to design and implement urban planning projects or coordinate the processes and stakeholders involved in urban and regional development. Students also acquire in-depth knowledge of the technical, legal, and practical tools used by professionals on a daily basis. [+]

Masters in Urban Development. Master in Urban and Regional Development The Master in Urban and Regional Development offers in-depth training in the areas of town and country landuse planning, urban development and landscape planning, in the North and in the South. The programme puts a strong emphasis on practical experience (through project-based workshops or internships, for example), allowing students to develop the expertise necessary to make territorial diagnoses and to design and implement urban planning projects or coordinate the processes and stakeholders involved in urban and regional development. Students also acquire in-depth knowledge of the technical, legal, and practical tools used by professionals on a daily basis. The critical thinking aspect of these activities is another major focus of the programme: while students are required to master various tools and techniques, they must also develop reflective and critical approaches to urban and regional development in order to anticipate current AVAILABLE ORIENTATIONS: Regional and urban planning Landscape architecture Regional development in the South Geographic information systems OBJECTIVES: The Master in Urban and Regional Development provides comprehensive training in the areas of regional, city and landscape planning. Training is provided via workshops which foreground the methods and tools used in urban and regional planning professions (diagnostics, projects, drawings, mapping, scale models, etc.). The aim of the programme is to provide in-depth initial training that prepares graduates for the job market. Curriculum Compulsory courses (40Credits) Specialisation courses (40Credits) Three research project workshops (40Credits) Thesis (40Credits) Mobility Students may go on an exchange for... [-]

Master in Architecture and Urban Design

Brno University of Technology
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Czech Republic Brno

Preparation of a graduated architect to become a creative expert in the whole complex of his profession, who is able to cope with design and management tasks in the process of capital construction. [+]

Architecture and Urban Design Abbreviation: ARCHURB Level of course unit: Master's Faculty: Faculty of Architecture Academic year: 2016/2017 Title awarded: Ing. arch. Qualification awarded: Ing. arch. in the field "Architecture and urban design" Level of qualification: Master's (2nd cycle) Accredited from: 29.2.2012 Accredited until: 30.11.2020 Specific admission requirements: Condition for admitting is obtaining a bachelor's degree. Profile of the programme: Preparation of a graduated architect to become a creative expert in the whole complex of his profession, who is able to cope with design and management tasks in the process of capital construction. He shall also be qualified for activities in state administration. It is strictly required that the acquired education and knowledge is made use of according to the principles of sustainable development and optimum formation of the environment. Key learning outcomes: The study program is aimed at achieving such a degree of the graduates qualification that in the process of authorisation - at his joining of the Czech Chamber of Architects - he is able to proof the required knowledge and skills. Access to further studies: The graduates may continue in a doctoral study programme. Examination regulations, assessment and grading: Examination and assessment regulations Graduation requirements: A specific number of ECTS credits, diploma thesis, final state examination Mode of study: full-time study Programme supervisor: Ing. arch. Jan Kratochvíl ECTS departmental co-ordinator: doc. Ing. arch. Iva Poslušná, Ph.D. [-]

MSc in PLANET Europe

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Nijmegen

A Master's programme with a focus on the European dimension of spatial planning, spatial and environmental policy and regional economic development. [+]

Masters in Urban Development. The Master's programme on European spatial planning, environmental policies and regional development (PLANET Europe) - a two year joint Master's programme – is for aspiring planners wishing to address economic, environmental and spatial challenges in an international perspective. The programme PLANET Europe is a joint Master's Programme of Radboud University, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Cardiff University that prepares graduates for a career in strategic spatial planning in Europe, and is designed for students who would like to better understand the influences of the European Union and international developments on space, the environment and the economy and who would like to address large-scale spatial challenges such as climate change or transnational river management in their future careers. The programme allows a specialization on either European spatial planning and sustainable development or on European spatial planning and regional economic development and leads to an internationally-recognized double degree (MSc) from leading European planning schools. Partner universities - Cardiff University (Wales, United Kingdom) - Blekinge Institute of Technology (Karlskrona, Sweden) - Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) Multiple Master's degrees - Master of Science in Spatial Planning - Master of Science in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment - Master of Science in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies, and Regional Development Specialisations PLANET Europe is a collaborative programme taught over 2 years to a value of 120 ECs. You need to choose a specialization track during the application process: - European Spatial and Sustainable Development (RU/CU – track) -... [-]

Master in Urban Studies

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Estonia Tallinn

The program is situated at the trans-disciplinary crossroad of architecture, urban planning and design, art history and theory, critical geography, sociology, ethnography, and related disciplines. [+]

As events and transformations of the recent decades have forcefully shown, the urban question permeates all major social, economic and political developments of today. The two-year Master’s programme in Urban Studies critically engages with the wide-ranging manifestation of contemporary urbanity. What shapes have the processes of urbanisation assumed today? How are urban spaces produced? The programme foregrounds the unitary perspective of the city as a physical space, a social space and a space of design. It combines rigorous academic research with intensive fieldwork. The programme is situated at the trans-disciplinary crossroad of urban studies, urbanism and urban planning, architecture theory, sociology, urban ethnography and geography. Our students have academic backgrounds in architecture, social sciences or humanities. Integrating critical interrogation and experimental practice, the programme has a triple focus on social uses, spatial programmes and urban forms. The form of assignments includes term-long research studios, intensive workshops, lectures, seminars and field trips. The distinctive mark of the Urban Studies programme is its reliance on theoretically-informed action in the field. We take students’ efforts seriously: the programme engages ‘real’ actors and create opportunities for public presentation, discussion and publication of the best works. The Master’s programme is fully in English and has a strong international orientation. We cooperate with a network of partner institutions in Europe, and we are connected to regional partners in Finland, the Baltic countries and Russia. The curriculum includes a number of workshops and lecture courses by international scholars, architects, urban planners and activists. The education prepares students... [-]

Master in City and Technology

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia Moscow

The programme will focus on the issues of urban planning and management using new city models and technologies. It will be led by international and Russian scholars and experts who are forming the current agenda for smart city development in Russia and worldwide. [+]

Masters in Urban Development. The programme will focus on the issues of urban planning and management using new city models and technologies. It will be led by international and Russian scholars and experts who are forming the current agenda for smart city development in Russia and worldwide. The key principle of the programme is learning by doing. The programme will take place in a laboratory-type environment where students will try new technology, prepare prototypes, investigate and analyse the city through data, and develop projects that come as a relevant response to complex problems that affect modern cities. The programme invites architects, designers, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs and graduates interested in the management of cities and technologies. The skills acquired during the programme will provide the graduates with a variety of career opportunities in large technological companies, city administrations or their own innovative businesses. About the programme OBJECTIVE The aim is to render the students capable of developing projects related with the Urban Habitat, in all the layers of the City Anatomy, including in the city's physical structure (environment, infrastructure and urbanism), urban services and informational fuxes, the social relationships and governance of information technologies in all the phases of analysis, project and management of the city. PROTOTYPE PROJECT METHODOLOGY The strategy is that the students learn to develop prototype projects applicable in any aspect that relates to the city, starting with their capacity to analyses data, to integrate appropriate technology and design proposals that will change the current reality, which also... [-]

Master of the Built Environment in the Field of Housing (MBE Housing)

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

MBE Housing degree engages with housing issues from a multi-disciplinary, internationalist perspective. Its courses explore theoretical, conceptual, social, technical, managerial, legal, financial and planning aspects of housing both in policy and in practice. Through a substantial research component, students are given the opportunity to critically explore a particular aspect of their interest in housing. [+]

MBE Housing degree engages with housing issues from a multi-disciplinary, internationalist perspective. Its courses explore theoretical, conceptual, social, technical, managerial, legal, financial and planning aspects of housing both in policy and in practice. Through a substantial research component, students are given the opportunity to critically explore a particular aspect of their interest in housing. Benefits of the programme The MBE Housing develops practical, managerial, analytical, and spatial skills as well as social and cultural sensitivities to meet housing challenges in the unevenly developing world. Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Housing Theory Concepts and Policy (20 points) Housing Finance and Law (20 points) Social and Technical Sustainability in Housing (20 points) Management of Existing Housing Stock or Housing Seminar on Upgrading of Informal Settlements (20 points) Research Methods (10 points) Research Report (90 points) Closing dates 31 August (non-South African students) 31 October (South African citizens and permanent residents) The closing date for short courses is one week before start of the course. [-]

Master in Architecture

Academy of Fine Arts and Design
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Slovakia Bratislava

Although small, the Department of Architecture is an influential school of architecture, where students benefit from intensive contact with their pedagogues. The studios of the Department offer an opportunity of deep immersion in the research of new architectonic ideas, methods and techniques. [+]

Masters in Urban Development. Although small, the Department of Architecture is an influential school of architecture, where students benefit from intensive contact with their pedagogues. The studios of the Department offer an opportunity of deep immersion in the research of new architectonic ideas, methods and techniques. An individual approach focused on work on projects in cooperation with experts on constructions, materials or theory enhances innovative technical aspects of design. Presentation of student works in front of invited critics, lectures held by prominent guests as well as various exhibitions, encourage interactions, clear formulations of own opinions and critical thinking. Specializations Studio of Architecture II Studio of Architecture III A3 MotionLab Virtual Studio Engineering room Studio of Architecture II Dynamization of the design process, and deepening of the elaboration. The aim is to increase flexibility in designing through variations and changes, to develop the ability (beyond deterministic object-like architecture ) to operate a process-oriented architecture for open systems. At the time, the Department of Architecture is one of the two holders of the accreditation of the European Union for the architecture in Slovakia. The study at the Department serves as a good basis for passing the professional exams necessary for starting an own practice. Studio of Architecture III A3 The architecture is understood as an open process, as putting together pieces of a puzzle, which is combined of three layers: Why_the reason, why something is created. What for_its purpose. How_the way it is created. It touches architectural issues and relations. Our work... [-]

Master in Architecture-Restoration

Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Reggio Calabria

The 2nd Cycle Degree Course (Master Degree) in Architecture-Restoration deepens teaching elements of the 1st Cycle Degree course in Architectural Science, giving to the graduates a high level of technical knowledge and thorough historical-critical basis, essential to deal with crucial professional themes related to historical heritage on different levels: from a single building to... [+]

The 2nd Cycle Degree Course (Master Degree) in Architecture-Restoration deepens teaching elements of the 1st Cycle Degree course in Architectural Science, giving to the graduates a high level of technical knowledge and thorough historical-critical basis, essential to deal with crucial professional themes related to historical heritage on different levels: from a single building to old town centers urban environment, to cultural landscape. The educational path is characterized by inter-disciplinary Laboratories which, through a practical approach, are suitable for dealing with various issues related to the project, easing students learning. The project, considered as cognitive experience, analysis and critical evaluation of the existing, exploits appropriate tools useful to protect, conserve, value, manage and promote cultural heritage. It can be observed, in contemporary society, an attention toward the latter as architectural and landscape assets convey the distinctiveness of the architecture-culture-territory connection. This is the reason why society needs technical and cultural professionals able to appropriately meet demands of territories which are in great challenge with the architectural and landscape heritage complexity related to the importance of recognizing, preserving over time and valuing the historical heritage that identifies the peculiarity of each country. First year History of City and Territory Environmental Technical Physics Elective Laboratory of Solids and Structural Mechanics and Structural Engineering Mechanics of Solids and Structures Structural Engineering Laboratory of Strengthening of Historical Buildings Stengthening of Historical Buildings Laboratory for Sustainable Urban Regeneration City and Landscape Urban Design Economic Appraisal of the Design Second year Internship and further linguistic competences Final... [-]

Master of Property Development and Project Management

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years January 2018 Australia Sydney + 1 more

This course is designed for both property and project management practitioners, and graduates in related fields who wish to extend their qualifications and expertise in property development and project management. Graduates have a commitment to professionalism in the property and project management sector. [+]

This course is for property and project management professionals who want to upgrade their qualifications or expertise or for those who wish to enter the property or project management industries. In their first year students develop an understanding of how to balance private and public interests in urban development, how to apply the principles of project management, and how to assess development feasibility.

Career options include positions in property development in the public and private sectors, and project management.

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Master of Architectural Science - Urban Design

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The Masters of Architectural Science in Urban Design provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to the details of how design is part of the answer, to appreciate the principles for designing places, and to work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment towards understanding of the forces that shape the urban environment. [+]

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90) The Masters of Architectural Science in Urban Design provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to the details of how design is part of the answer, to appreciate the principles for designing places, and to work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment towards understanding of the forces that shape the urban environment. Students will acquire advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of urban design as well as practical knowledge through field trips, case studies and design-based studio work. To gain relevance, studio and aligned modules seek to engage with decision makers, current debates and challenges in Ireland while contextualizing their global relevance. Who should apply? Full Time option suitable for: Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes The programme is for graduates of disciplines engaged in the care and development of the designed environment. Students of this Masters programme have included architects, engineers, planners, archaeologists, art historians, quantity surveyors and geographers. Career Opportunities Graduates will gain advanced skills in analysis, critique and problem solving of urban design issues, and will be able to appreciate the decision-making process surrounding the design of the urban environment, both nationally and internationally. Those with advanced qualifications in this field will have a distinct advantage in securing roles defining the future of the man-made environment. Past students in the course’s connected programmes have gone on to become international or national experts in their selected fields. Many of these students have changed... [-]

Master in Urban Policy (dual degree with the LSE)

Sciences Po
Campus Full time 2 years Open Enrollment France Paris

Sciences Po and LSE have combined their reputations and the quality of their teaching to offer outstanding French and international undergraduate students a dual Master's programme in Urban Policy. [+]

Masters in Urban Development. Master in Urban Policy Urban Policy Dual Degree A joint Sciences Po / LSE programme Sciences Po and LSE have combined their reputations and the quality of their teaching to offer outstanding French and international undergraduate students a dual Master's programme in Urban Policy. Objectives This programme is designed to train students for strategic and operational careers in urban policy and planning, with a strong European and international perspective of these fields. Students spend: Year 1 in Paris in the Urban and Regional Policies and Strategies programme at Sciences Po. Year 2 in London in the Urban Policy Master's programme at the London School of Economics. Providing all course requirements have been met, students will graduate after two years with both a Master of Regional and Urban Strategy from Sciences Po and an MSc in Urban Policy from LSE. Orientations This advanced multidisciplinary and bilingual (French and English)* programme combines in-depth reflection on the political, economic and social issues involved in urban and regional policy-making with courses designed to develop specialist skills (local development and urban planning; project development and management; methodology for evaluation and programme design, etc.). *Students for whom French and/or English is not a native language may need to improve their level in one or both languages. Validation and degree Students are registered for two full years at both universities and have access to the student services of both Sciences Po and LSE. Students must validate their course work under the requirements of... [-]

Master's Programme in Public Planning for Sustainable Development

Örebro University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Sweden Örebro

The focus of the programme is sustainable development as a vital challenge to our societies that needs to be seriously addressed by governments and public administrations. The programme is a cooperation between Human Geography, Political Science and Sociology and is a one year master, 60 credits. [+]

Would you like to develop skills and tools that enable you to contribute to a more sustainable society? If that is the case, this programme is tailor-made for you! The focus of the programme is sustainable development as a vital challenge to our societies that needs to be seriously addressed by governments and public administrations. The programme is a cooperation between Human Geography, Political Science and Sociology and is a one year master, 60 credits. The first semester you take multidisciplinary courses that focus on sustainable development as a political and professional challenge and contribute to theoretical and empirical insights into the complexity of different environmental problems and their connection to social and economic dimensions. You develop an understanding of how environmental problems are framed and how these frames impact on what strategies and solutions are chosen as well as help explain why some problems are not handled at all. You also gain knowledge of what the role as a professional public official and planner can and ought to mean when working for a more sustainable society. Sustainable development is further described and analyzed from a comparative perspective to give insights into why and how conditions, problem patterns and strategies vary around the world. In the courses, we problematize theoretical perspectives on sustainable development and we also apply theories in relation to concrete cases of sustainable planning. Method of instructions and varied and include practical applications and problem-based learning. During the second semester, you choose between three courses that are... [-]

Master of Architecture in Landscape Architecture

Latvia University of Agriculture
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Latvia Jelgava

This programme aims to prepare professional and creative specialists for solving definite problems in landscape architecture or in the sectors related to landscape and the environment. The programme includes compulsory study courses in Landscape Architecture Theory, Landscape Sciences, Landscape Inventory, Historical Landscape Quality, Sustainable Community Development, Landscape Ecology and Analysis. [+]

Masters in Urban Development. This programme aims to prepare professional and creative specialists for solving definite problems in landscape architecture or in the sectors related to landscape and the environment. The programme includes compulsory study courses in Landscape Architecture Theory, Landscape Sciences, Landscape Inventory, Historical Landscape Quality, Sustainable Community Development, Landscape Ecology and Analysis. You will obtain knowledge for creative and critical thinking in developing landscape policy, rational use of resources, design process and materials, renovation and restoration of landscape. The research is performed in the following directions: landscape design, landscape architecture, landscape planning. This programme is completed with the elaboration and defence of a Master’s thesis. Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree is required in Architecture or Landscape Architecture or the second-level professional higher education in similar disciplines such as geography, forestry, agriculture, environment management, ecology, territorial planning and design. Students need to have the basic knowledge in drawing, composition, history of architecture and landscape architecture, theory of landscape architecture, landscape analysis and landscape design. English requirements: IELTS score 6.0, TOEFL score 547, TOEFL-iBT score 76. Career prospects and further studies The graduates work in all kinds of architecture, design, research companies. Master's degree entitles graduates to continue studies in a respective Doctoral study programme at universities in Latvia or abroad. Why study Landscape Architecture at the Latvia University of Agriculture? Professional and knowledgeable academic staff. The research work in architecture science deals with the solution of topical problems in urban environment, cultural historical rural environment, the process of changes in... [-]