Track: Urbanism

The Urbanism track draws on the Dutch tradition of combining urban design, landscape architecture, spatial planning and engineering. Students learn to integrate social, cultural, economic and political perspectives with the natural and man-made conditions of the site in order to shape and plan for more sustainable development.  

Degree: Master of Science Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences

Credits: 120 EC, 24 months

Type: Full-time

Start: BSc Bouwkunde graduates can start in September and February. New students can only enrol in September. 

Language of instruction: English

What you will learn

Students learn to work on several scales, from regional strategic visions to neighbourhood redevelopment projects. Through these projects students respond to local trends such as congestion, mobility, urban renewal, shrinkage and densification and global trends such as globalisation, climate change, demographic trends and the energy transition.

The Urbanism Track aims to provide the prospective urban planner/designer with academic skills to analyse urban environments and urban developments in a critical way and to propose new solutions for an efficient, sustainable and liveable organisation and management of the urban environment.

Urbanism and Landscape Architecture share a very active community of students: Polis. Many activities are organised, including an Urbanism&Landscape Week, meet&greet at the start of the academic year, buddy system, debates and study trips.

After graduation

The Urbanism track is one of five specialisation tracks within the Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences master programme. On graduation, students receive Master of Science degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences (Urbanism track).

With a diploma of the Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urbanism track you can - after completion of a professional traineeship (beroepservaringperiode) - apply for registration in the Dutch Register of Architects, which allows you to use the protected title of Architect, Landscape Architect or Urban Designer in the Netherlands. The Building Technology and Management in the Built Environment tracks, as well as the Post-master's programmes EMU and Berlage, do not allow you to register in the Dutch Register of Architects. Read more