Masters Programs in Urban Development

Compare 20 Masters Programs in Urban Development

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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Master of Supercities

Harbour.Space
Campus Full time 1 year Open Enrollment Spain Barcelona

We live in a world of cities, and our planet is increasingly urban. Cities are the new engines of the global economy, and at the same time, they can be the main actors to face the challenges of climate change and fight against inequality and poverty. If in the past we lived through stages in which the world was organized by empires and then by nation-states, in the future we will live increasingly in a world of cities, in a world of SuperCities. [+]

We live in a world of cities, and our planet is increasingly urban. Cities are the new engines of the global economy, and at the same time, they can be the main actors to face the challenges of climate change and fight against inequality and poverty. If in the past we lived through stages in which the world was organized by empires and then by nation-states, in the future we will live increasingly in a world of cities, in a world of SuperCities.

We are living an unprecedented "digital revolution" at the confluence of 4 megatrends that are cloud computing, mobile devices, social networks and intelligence applied to "Big Data". We have never had more computing capacity or easier access to information, or better physical and digital communication options and this is changing the way people live, work, have fun, learn and relate. Politics, the economy, society, and of course cities are also changing, which today enjoy opportunities that previously didn’t exist.... [-]


Master in Urban Studies

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology, and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South. [+]

Applications for 2017 are now closed The Master in Urban studies is a multi-disciplinary master degree, including courses in Planning, Political Studies, Sociology, and History. The degree is research-oriented and suited for students aiming at developing and consolidating their research skills, for careers involving research in academic, NGO, global institutions or government environments. Most lecturers involved have both a strong academic background and activist experience, and the degree focuses more specifically around issues of urban politics and governance, local democracy and justice, processes and politics of policy-making in Cities of the South.

Benefits of the programme A multidisciplinary training to approach complex objects such as cities and urban dynamics A strong research training, with an orientation towards topical political issues for cities of the South / South African cities Curriculum Outline/Modules taught Cities of the South Community Participation in Urban Governance: theories, discourses, and practices Democratic Theory Research Methods & Computer-based graphic skills Elective: Social Movements State and Violence; The Making of Urban South Africa; Municipal Planning; Housing Theories, Policies, and Practices. Closing dates ... [-]

Master in Interior Architecture for Business Habitat

IAAD Istituto D'Arte Applicata e Design
Campus Full time 9 months March 2019 Italy Turin

Design is experiencing a time of strong momentum and growth. The rapid evolution of production methods and ways of living require more and more adaptability and innovation. Anticipating and stimulating change have become main factors effecting competitiveness, being an engine for change and effecting contemporary economies. [+]

Design is experiencing a time of strong momentum and growth. The rapid evolution of production methods and ways of living require more and more adaptability and innovation. Anticipating and stimulating change have become main factors effecting competitiveness, being an engine for change and effecting contemporary economies. Traditional disciplinary boundaries have been overwhelmed by the need for greater interaction, ability to work in groups and the transfer of technology. Designers are now required to know new design skills and ways of information sharing, as well as have improved ability to listen to the needs of clients. On the other hand, it provides designers with new opportunities to draw on the wealth of traditional knowledge but yet without formal conditions or style obligations. Even when applied to interior architecture, the designer must be able to make use of new skills to delineate separated professions, those typical of the architecture.... [-]


Master in Urban Studies

Malmö University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Malmö

The aim of the programme is to deepen students knowledge of Urban Studies to be able to participate in research or qualified urban development investigations. [+]

The aim of the programme is to deepen students knowledge of Urban Studies to be able to participate in research or qualified urban development investigations.

In the first year, you will acquire an overview of the field of Urban Studies and its development. Students will then deepen their knowledge about current urban challenges in a global perspective as well as the growth of different urban conditions and forms. After this, you will deepen your ability to critically examine and describe the encounter between people's everyday life and the physical forms of the city. At the end of the first year, an independent project is conducted.

During the second year, you will take elective courses of 30 credits. To complete this part of the programme you can choose to do international studies at one of Malmö University's partner universities or take elective courses at the Department of Urban Studies. The second-year concludes with a Master's Thesis of 30 credits.... [-]


Master in Urban Studies

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 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 program in Urban Studies critically engages with the wide-ranging manifestation of contemporary urbanity. What shapes have the processes of urbanization assumed today? How are urban spaces produced?

The program 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 program 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 program has a triple focus on social uses, spatial programs, and urban forms.... [-]


Mastère Spécialisé ® Manager In Energy Transition Of Urban Systems

University of Technology Troyes - UTT
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 France Troyes

During this Master Spécialisé® Manager of the Energy Transition of Urban Systems, the student will acquire the knowledge of standards and regulations, decisions will include mechanisms that take place in communities, among planners and energy suppliers and learn to implement diagnostics and analyze energy issues. [+]

LEARN TO DEFINE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY AND BUILD THE SMART-CITIES OF TOMORROW In 2050, an estimated 66% of the world population will be urban. An evolution impacting particularly emerging countries. Increasing urbanization is associated with energy needs rising sharply. How do we manage to reconcile the two? During this Master Spécialisé® Manager of the Energy Transition of Urban Systems, the student will acquire the knowledge standards and regulations in effect, will include decisions mechanisms that take place in communities, among planners and energy suppliers, and learn to implement diagnostics and analyzing energy issues. Finally, it will be able to manage and seeking support to implement energy policies medium and long terms. Real manager the post-carbon cityHe can organize, lead and arbitrate the critical choices facing the urbanizing areas. This program is jointly developed by the University of Technology of Troyes and EPF, which bring the expertise of their researchers, In the domains : sustainable development, environment, territorial approach and digital technologies to UTT urban planning, green building, smart cities and energy for EPF They trust us [...] This type of training seems to us perfectly relevant to the needs of the labor market and in particular with the need to offer potential well-trained professionals to network technologies, energy transition and urban systems. [...] [...] Students who complete this course will have a comprehensive approach to issues of the energy transition, especially in the field of housing, and a deepening of the levers, actions and tools actors mobilize to meet this... [-]

Master's in Public Administration: Urban Governance specialisation

IHS, Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam

As a product of a new collaboration between the Department of Public Administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ESSB) and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), this program is a specialization within the MSc in Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. [+]

Master’s in Urban Governance

As a product of a new collaboration between the Department of Public Administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ESSB) and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), this program is a specialization within the MSc in Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

What will I learn?

Cities are complex, challenging and fast-growing. They are major economic and development drivers that generate vast amounts of wealth and are home to more than half of the world’s population (estimated to be closer to 70% by 2050). They are at the heart of cultural, social and political innovation and play a key role in discovering answers to social issues such as migration, social segregation, poverty, climate change, health, unemployment and terrorism. Sustainable governance policies are recognized as essential components of guaranteeing the well-being of all people. Students will learn a variety of skills including the following:... [-]


Master of Science and Techniques in Atmosphere, Water and Urban Environment

Centrale Nantes
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Nantes

This Master offers a well-balanced education to future engineers and town planners by providing the skills necessary to solve environmental and energy issues through an integrated approach, combining technological development together with the consideration of human, social and urban constraints. [+]

Master in Atmosphere, Water, and Urban Environment

This Master is internationally recognized and accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

This Master offers a well-balanced education to future engineers and town planners by providing the skills necessary to solve environmental and energy issues through an integrated approach, combining technological development together with the consideration of human, social and urban constraints.

Language of instructionThe language of instruction and examination is English during the first year, including 160 hours of French language courses.During the 2nd year, courses are in French but Master's thesis can be either in French or English.... [-]


M.Plan. in Urban Design, Sustainability and Conservation

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2019 India Bengaluru

The Master of Planning in Urban Design, Sustainability, and Conservation, prepares students with the knowledge and skills to understand and analyze urban areas as spatial structures, social networks, cultural landscapes, and service systems, and to design better, and more inclusive and sustainable urban environments responsive to the particular natural and cultural identities and heritage of the place. This course invites students to engage with cities in a multidisciplinary way to propose local solutions to global issues like climate change and migration and to protect heritage values. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to urban design and conservation that critically engages with ideas of sustainability and resilience, urban and regional, and development and community. [+]

Architect, planner, and historian, Dr. Jyoti Hosagrahar established and held the UNESCO Chair at Srishti Institute from 2014-2016. In her interview with Shagun Singh of Designwala.org, she shares her thoughts on the need for more sensitive and inclusive approaches towards urban development in Indian cities.

Vision

This program is one of the two postgraduate programs established under the UNESCO Chair in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti. The program is designed to deliver familiarity with international and national, norms and standards of heritage interpretation and management, based on the foundation of the World Heritage Convention. Furthermore, the courses will be driven towards exploring newer approaches for designing and sustaining the historic towns and centers, amidst the on-going urban development in Indian cities today.... [-]


Master of Urban Management

CEPT University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 India Ahmedabad

It aspires to bring about notable changes in urban India by creating a pool of high-quality professionals dedicated to the management of human habitats. The program helps students develop skills to address complex problems like enhancing long-term efficiency of urban services, improving day-to-day functioning of cities and finding ways to improve financing of urban systems. The program focuses on inter-disciplinary training while developing skills of effective management. During the first ‘foundation’ semester, students undertake courses, which help them, learn about the urban context and develop proficiency in accounting, management principles and basic problem solving for urban utilities-identification of issues and finding solutions. [+]

Master of Urban Management

Faculty of Management – CEPT University

Indian cities are growing at a very rapid pace in terms of its population and geography. They need constant attention to maintain the existing structures and manage the future expansion. Urban Management is an upcoming field requiring specialized knowledge of urban settlements and core management principles. Urban Managers focus on understanding how townships and cities function and they strive to improve the technological, operational and financial functioning of cities with the aim of improving livability.

It aspires to bring about notable changes in urban India by creating a pool of high-quality professionals dedicated to the management of human habitats. The program helps students develop skills to address complex problems like enhancing long-term efficiency of urban services, improving day-to-day functioning of cities and finding ways to improve financing of urban systems.... [-]


Master in Urban Water Cycle

University of Algarve
Campus 2 years October 2018 Portugal Faro

The Master in Urban Water Cycle provides multidisciplinary training in response to the new challenges in the urban water cycle, in a global changes scenario. Students develop expertise in the different areas of urban water infrastructure, sustainable water management (origins, quality, use and reuse) and water governance (economic, policy and regulatory). Students will study different geographical realities and will be prepared to participate in water management locally, nationally and internationally. [+]

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The Master in Urban Water Cycle provides multidisciplinary training in response to the new challenges in the urban water cycle, in a global changes scenario. Students develop expertise in the different areas of urban water infrastructure, sustainable water management (origins, quality, use and reuse) and water governance (economic, policy and regulatory). Students will study different geographical realities and will be prepared to participate in water management locally, nationally and internationally.

The general objectives of the Master in Urban Water Cycle are: Enable professionals with different training base, to work in a team, cross-and multidisciplinary way, answering to the new challenges in the urban water cycle, in a global changes scenario; Qualify the students to develop expertise in the different areas of urban water infrastructure, sustainable water management (origins, quality, use and reuse) and water governance (economic, political and regulatory); Train students to meet different geographical realities, preparing them to participate in water management locally, nationally and internationally. [-]

Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science
Campus Full time 1 year January 2019 Canada Vancouver

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is an intensive one-year degree program that equips you with the high-level technical skills needed to develop practical and sustainable solutions to meet the challenges associated with large urban infrastructure systems. [+]

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is designed for early-career professionals with undergraduate credentials in disciplines related to urban systems who want to advance their careers in this in-demand area. The program equips you with the high-level technical skills needed to develop practical and sustainable solutions to meet the challenges associated with large urban infrastructure systems.

There is a growing demand for talented professionals with a confident understanding of engineering and urban planning and who have the management and leadership skills to guide large and complex projects. Graduates of this program will be highly sought after for their unique combination of leadership and technical sector-specific skills.... [-]


Master's Degree In Regional Development

Universidad de La Laguna
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife + 1 more

The objective of the Master in "Regional development" is to provide advanced training with an interdisciplinary approach and integrating vocation that allows train researchers to develop substantive tasks of research in the field of regional development. [+]

The globalization of the economy and local and regional development are undergoing a major transformation. Moreover, the growing importance of knowledge and innovation in strategies for growth and competitiveness of both companies and the territories, the development of clusters as competitive spatial economic environments, and sustainability as a basic component, raise the need an articulated integration of the region in the processes of globalization.

The objective of the Master in "Regional development" is to provide advanced training with an interdisciplinary approach and integrating vocation that allows train researchers to develop substantive tasks of research in the field of regional development.... [-]


Master of Property Development and Project Management

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years January 2019 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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Masters In Urban Regeneration, Rehabilitation And Design (online)

MADIN USAL
Online Part time 9 months September 2018 Spain Salamanca

The Master aims to facilitate the practical application of the subjects taught. This is why we are currently collaborating in two different urban environments. Miranda del Castañar (Salamanca) in collaboration with the Town Hall of this locality in what concerns to protected rural environments. [+]

URBAN REGENERATION, REHABILITATION AND DESIGN. DATES: Free and Customized. Recommendation: 9 months (October-June) MODALITY: ONLINE CREDITS: 60

DESCRIPTION

The Master is born from the requirement to train professionals with an innovative profile, specialized in the management and development of the aspects that have characterized the citizen and urban contesto in recent years.

We believe that we can create a new professionalism capable of planning and managing urban and rural environments through new technologies, new sustainable and intelligent management systems and above all respect for a safe, healthy and sustainable HABITAT.

TARGET

Graduates who are interested in forming their professionalism in the regeneration and management of the urban and citizen system, with special interest in citizen collaboration, sustainable rehabilitation and design as engines of regeneration.... [-]