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

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2019 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) ... [-]

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 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's in Public Administration: Urban Governance specialisation

IHS, Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 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 in Urban Studies

Malmö University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 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 2019 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. [+]

Masters in Urban Development. 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... [-]

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 in Urban Water Cycle

University of Algarve
Campus 2 years October 2019 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 12 months January 2020 Canada Vancouver

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is a professional degree for systems thinkers who want to address complex infrastructure challenges. [+]

*The application system opens on January 2nd, 2019.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is a professional degree for systems thinkers who want to address complex infrastructure challenges. This hybrid program combines graduate-level engineering and urban planning courses with UBC Sauder School of Business courses – giving you the skills and confidence to build your career and drive innovation in urban planning.

Public and private sector organizations need urban planners and engineers who have the technical decision-making knowledge to efficiently design and manage urban infrastructure and services. They need people with a multidisciplinary perspective who understand the complex interplay of social, environmental and financial factors of the built environment. They’re also looking for people who have the business perspective and interpersonal skills to lead teams and guide change.... [-]


Master's degree in regional development

Universidad de La Laguna
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 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 in smart cities

Structuralia
Online Full time 18 months November 2019 Spain Spain Online

Smart City is defined as a holistic system that interacts with human and social capital using ICT-based solutions. Its objective is to achieve sustainable development and quality of life in the city efficiently, based on cooperation between different agents articulated by the municipality. In this context, the Intelligent Cities are presented as a solution to achieve a more sustainable urban development while increasing the quality of life of its citizens through the use of new technologies (Neirotti, 2013). [+]

The enormous growth of the urban population that has occurred in the last decades and that is expected in the future, forces the cities to face new challenges. In this context, and with the appearance of new technological solutions, the concept of Smart City has emerged as an alternative that seeks to address the problems of the city with a comprehensive and connected vision. Currently, more than half of the population lives in urban areas, a figure which is expected to rise to 70 per cent by 2050. In addition, to date, 70% of global wealth is generated in cities.

It is for this reason that the budgetary policies and efforts of central governments in cities are increasing significantly in a large number of countries, as these are considered the basic engines of economic growth. If we focus on the European Union, currently more than 60% of the population lives in cities, generating 85% of the wealth according to the Green Paper on Urban Mobility (EC, 2007).... [-]


Master of Urban Housing

CEPT University
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

Master of Urban Housing aims to provide applied knowledge about the local housing market, policy making, planning, design, and technology aspects of urban housing and project formulation and monitoring, design and technology aspects of urban housing. The program will impart generic knowledge related to urban habitat, knowledge related to housing domain and tools and techniques required to analyze and apply solutions to urban housing-related problems. [+]

Master of Urban Housing

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

Urban housing, apart from being a shelter, is seen as means of access to employment and livelihood, urban and community services, proximity to desirable neighbors. Majority of urban housing is supplied by the market where land and finance play a major role. Access to decent housing that is affordable for all is key to a habitable city. However, cities across the developed and developing countries are grappling with varying degrees of housing unaffordability as per the specifics of local land and labor markets. Policymaking and planning to ensure access to decent affordable housing for all income groups is a complex process and requires a multi-pronged approach. It requires framing of policies and regulations that will enable local markets to generate adequate, affordable and decent housing stock. At the same time, it requires framing of policies, programs, and regulations that will provide assistance to households, living in substandard housing not catered to by the formal markets, to access decent affordable housing. It is only when such a multipronged approach is adopted, that cities will be able to efficiently address the issue of housing unaffordability in their specific land and labor market.... [-]


MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment

Centre for Alternative Technology
Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Machynlleth + 2 more

The MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment (SABE) focuses on sustainable building and environmental [+]

Masters in Environmental Building

Climate change poses two key challenges to modern architecture: how can buildings be made sustainable, and how can they be designed to take account of the effects of climate change? This masters degree faces these challenges through a unique combination of academic study with hands-on practical work, giving you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to develop an environmental career in the built environment sector.

The course uses the concepts of sustainability and adaptation transformation to frame an understanding of the built environment at the community and individual buildings level. Key building issues covered by the course include energy management and low energy design, sustainable materials, environmental performance assessment and energy provision. Students may further pursue interests in urban design, communities, ecology, water, ecological sanitation, politics and economics.... [-]


Smart Cities and Urban Policy Master

École Polytechnique
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 France Palaiseau

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Graduate Degree provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments. [+]

Smart Cities

At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

In an increasingly global economy, metropolitan areas are basic components of economic competition and growth. Capital, labor pools, knowledge, infrastructures, and their distribution within and across geographical space play a major role in the economic development and prosperity of a metropolitan area.

As highlighted by the Economist, a report from the American think-tank Brookings Institution shows that “the world's largest 300 metropolitan economies account for 19% of the global population and almost half the world's GDP. In the past decade, incomes and jobs tended to grow faster in these urban areas than their national averages”.... [-]