Programme

During the first year you will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in urban design and planning in the broader sense. During the second year, you will work on an individual graduation project in the graduation laboratory Urbanism on a topic that reflects the research portfolio of the Urbanism department. 

Track coordinator

Ir. Kristel Aalbers

Academic year 2021-2022

First year      
1st semester   2nd semester  
1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
R&D Studio: Analysis and Design of Urban Form
(10 EC)
R&D Studio: Designing Urban Environments 
(10 EC)
R&D Studio: Spatial Strategies for the Global Metropolis
(10 EC)
Electives
(15 EC)
History and Theory of Urbanism
(5 EC)
Sustainable Urban Engineering of Territory
(5 EC)
Research & Design Methodology for Urbanism
(5 EC)
Second year      
3rd semester   4th semester  
1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
Graduation Orientation
(3 EC)
Graduation Lab Urbanism (15 EC) Graduation Lab Urbanism (30 EC)

Graduation Exploration (12 EC)
Or:
Joint Interdisciplinary Projects
(15 EC)*


* Students who join a JIP obtain 18 EC in total in the 3rd semester 1st quarter.

EC = European Credits
One academic year = 60 EC (1680 hrs study)
Total amount of credits MSc programme = 120 EC
For more information on all courses, please visit the study guide.

First year

The first three compulsory quarters each offer a research and design project, which is supported by courses on the history and theory of urbanism, urban engineering, research and design methodology.

First semester
The first quarter is titled ‘Analysis and Design of Urban Form’ and takes the perspective from urban design and landscape in understanding and designing relations between urban form and carrying spatial structures. 

‘Designing Urban Environments’ is the title of the second quarter that takes the outlook from environmental design and technology into the processes of how to make and organize sustainable urban space and communities.

Second semester
In the third quarter ‘Spatial Strategies for the Global Metropolis’ space is perceived on the level of spatial planning and strategy and is about the design and evaluation of spatial strategies that address the (re-)organization of networks, programmes and urban patterns at the regional scale. All explicitly address societal and scientific approaches to issues relating to urbanisation and associated debates. 

The fourth quarter is free for electives that can also be chosen within the department. 

Additional information
For more information on all courses, please visit the study guide: 
First semester 
Second semester

Second year

During the second year, you will work on an individual graduation project in the graduation laboratory Urbanism on a topic that reflects the research portfolio of the Urbanism department. 
The second years starts with the graduation orientation course to set up the individual graduation project accompanied with the graduation exploration course. Instead of the graduation exploration course, students can also choose to join one of the joint interdisciplinary projects (JIP). Students who join a JIP obtain 18 EC in total in the 3rd semester.

Detailed information on graduation and graduation studios 

Cross domain graduation studios
Master students Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences can, instead of the regular studio’s, choose during their second year for one of the cross-domain graduation studios. Students from the Urbanism track can choose for:

Additional information
For more information on all courses, please visit the study guide.