The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment offers five separate courses in the field of urban design, planning and landscape architecture. These courses are part of the European Post-master in Urbanism (EMU). Each course comprises 5 ECTS (140 hours). These courses are offered every academic year and have 8 weeks of duration. After successful completion of a course, participants will receive a certificate. 

Fall Semester – September

Theories of Urbanisation, Regionalization & Networks
EMU Theory course AR9310 (05 ects)
The aim of this course of eight seminars is to help students engage with concepts such as the city, city networks, the world economy, globalization and regionalism, polycentric urban regions, strategic spatial planning, and mapping. The aim of examining these concepts is to see how they can be practically applied to urban studies, with particularly reference to practical design and planning.

Design & Planning Support Tools
EMU Technology course AR9320 (05 ects)
The objective of this course is to introduce the students with different spatial analyses and design support tools. The students will be able to relate spatial data from various sources with place bounded socio-economic data through the use of GIS and Space Syntax. The framework of the course is set by the concept of geodesign, which according to Campagna [2014] ‘is an integrated process informed by environmental sustainability appraisal, that includes project conceptualisation, analysis, projection and forecasting, diagnosis, alternative design, impact simulation and assessment, and which involves a number of technical, political and social actors in collaborative decision-making’.

Regional Strategies & Territorial Governance
EMU Methodology course AR9330 (05 ects)
This course provides a map of different notions of planning and the methods and techniques of planning that are associated with each. The emphasis is on strategy making, and the broader governance of territory. This includes what is called in the Netherlands ‘regional design’. There is a strong strand of design and the use of spatial concepts in Dutch spatial planning that has been influential in other countries. We encourage students to learn from each other about ideas and practices in different parts of the world.

Spring Semester – February

The Sustainable City: Theories on Urban Design
EMU Theory course AR9210 (05 ects)
This course explores the dynamics of urbanised landscapes and the role of adaptation (and its limits), resilience (anticipation, robustness), transition and transformation, dynamic performance and affordance, sustainability and liveability in spatial planning and design. Methods and techniques will be explained to describe and assess physical, ecological, socio-economic and political systems focusing on narratives and values. The theoretical background will be given in both scientific articles and in a series of lectures and workshops on the transformation of landscapes and inner cities. 

Research and Design
EMU Methodology course AR9230 (05 ects)
The course explores basic research issues and concepts, as well as specific strategies for research and design in the field of Urbanism. This course aims to provide students with (1) theoretical and practical clues for developing a critical academic attitude towards research and design from an Urbanism perspective, and (2) in-depth understanding of important design-oriented research strategies in landscape architecture and urban design. The course consists of seminars, hands-on workshops and writing a methodology paper.


Participants should have a MSc degree in architecture, urban design, planning or landscape architecture. (Other cases can be considered depending on the specific course)


The fee for a 5 ects course is 1500 euros. Literature and travelling costs are not included in the fee. For the course 'Design and planning support tools' participants need to bring their own laptop.


If you are interested in following one of the courses, please register before the beginning of the respective semesters (February for Spring semester or September for fall semester) by sending an e-mail to:  L.M. De Carvalho Filho

Visa / housing arrangements

Students are responsible for all arrangements regarding housing, travel and visa if required. 

Further information

Further information about the courses can be found here.

L.M. De Carvalho Filho