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European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism
Strategies and Design for Cities and Territories
Four leading European universities (UPC Barcelona, TU Delft, KU Leuven
and IUAV Venice)* have designed a joint European Postgraduate Masters
Programme in Urbanism: Strategies and Design for Cities and Territories,
to be offered as of September 2005. The 4-semester course will
constitute an international platform for urban debate.
Urbanism is closely related to the rapid transformations being undergone
by society and is continuously elaborating new interpretations,
strategies and designs in response. Increasingly influenced by emerging
individual and collective imageries, technologies and economies,
urbanism, along with other disciplines, provides society with conceptual
and operational tools for understanding change, revealing potential and
possibilities, and producing visions and projects.
The new joint programme is a collaborative effort. It intends to bring
together the best components of existing curricula and to offer a
top-ranking professional degree by combining the specificity and
strengths of each of the participating Schools.
The Masters course is design-oriented and affirms the role of design in
the knowledge process, while integrating the different levels of scale.
Learning by doing, research through design, and the project as knowledge
producer constitute the key concerns and standpoints of the European
post-graduate Masters degree, which is also aimed at enhancing a network
of experiences and critical thinking.
Design studio work forms the core of the programme and will afford the
main themes related to transformation in cities and territories. Joint
workshops and studio reviews complement the specific expertise of the
participating Universities. The design studios will offer an overview of
the state of contemporary cities and territories providing an
international platform for debate in the field of urbanism.
Appropriately qualified students are invited to apply by February 2005.
The consortium offers the two-year postgraduate Masters programme (120
ECTS), consisting of three core semesters (30 ECTS/semester) and one
final semester for a written or design thesis (30 ECTS). In each core
semester, several cutting-edge courses are conducted where design studio
is seen as the programme’s backbone.
International Joint Degree
The joint programme aims to produce highly-qualified university-trained
urban designers/planners at the postgraduate Masters level. The
Consortium, in an agreement signed by the four participating
universities, guarantees the joint diploma of EUROPEAN POSTGRADUATE
MASTERS IN URBANISM (Strategies and Design for Cities and Territories)
to anyone who successfully completes his or her studies in this joint
Course participants must fulfil a minimum of 60 ECTS from the hosting
university and 30 ECTS (minimum) should be obtained from another
counterpart university. Mobility begins in the second semester and any
move may be prolonged to include a third semester to other counterpart
university. The choice of staying two consecutive semesters in the same
counterpart university is deemed undesirable.
(1) Applicants with a degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or
Urban Regional Planning and Design may enrol for this joint programme.
(2) Applicants should have at least one Masters degree or a five-year
Bachelors professional degree with the Grade Point Average (GPA) of at
least 70 per cent of the possible maximum. (3) The applicant should
submit his/her project portfolio, a short essay and CV. (4) Language
Qualification: International TOEFL with a score of at least 550
(paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test), or equivalent.
E-enrolment will be available as of February 2005. The applicant can
easily enter our website to fill in an electronic application. After
submitting an e-application, the applicant will receive an access code
for monitoring the application process. The Consortium also provides a
printed application form to anyone without appropriate access to
All the participating universities will charge a tuition fee of between
€ 2.500 (minimum) to € 3.000 (maximum) per semester. Students should pay
for every semester on the basis of the number of ECTS that will be
obtained in the different universities.
Language of Instruction
The courses are conducted in English, although Spanish will be used in
European Higher Education Consortium in Urbanism
Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urbanism
Delft University of Technology
Berlageweg 1, 2628 CR Delft
Tel. +31 (0) 15 27 81743
Fax. +31 (0) 15 27 83694
ir. Andrea Peresthu MAHS., Dipl.Urb.
Chairman, Executive Board
* Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-ETSAB) in Barcelona, Spain;
Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD) in Delft, the Netherlands;
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in Leuven, Belgium; Università IUAV
di Venezia, in Venice, Italy.