• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master’s Programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering at Aalto University focuses on the future challenges of sustainable built environments and tackles topical global megatrends, such as urbanisation and the need for greener cities. 


The defining characteristic of the Master’s Programme in Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering at Aalto University is its emphasis on a wide range of perspectives, from people’s daily lives and mobility to the kind of large-scale strategic and systemic thinking that is necessary for shaping the built environment.

Study programme

As a student, you will gain the skills you need to work for smarter and more liveable cities and to respond to emerging challenges brought on by constantly changing built environments and technologies. In addition to a strong theoretical basis, you will acquire insight into current research themes and the capabilities to apply a variety of planning and analysis tools to current issues related to land use and transportation.

Through interactive learning methods, you will gain hands-on experience in a range of urban themes and methodologies. Engaged in studio courses, you will learn systemic thinking, creative problem-solving, ethical reflectivity, as well as tools for participatory processes and communication skills in various forums and through various media. Moreover, you will be challenged to critically interpret and process knowledge from multiple sources and implement this knowledge into a variety of complex urban processes.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this programme, you will become an enabler of a sustainable future for cities. In addition, you will be able to improve the quality of life for people in a variety of scales, now and in the long term. Our graduates can specialise in different professional roles of their choosing, including urban, regional and/or transportation planner, developer, analyst, policy-maker, traffic engineer, transportation modeller, intelligent transport systems engineer, manager and researcher.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Land Use Planning Systems 
  • Transport Systems Planning 
  • Planning Theory 
  • Transport Policy and Economics 
  • Seminar 
  • Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living Environment 
  • Planning Studio 

            Detailed Programme Facts

            English Language Requirements

            This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

            Academic Requirements

            General Requirements

            Applicants are eligible to apply for a master-level studies in the field of science and technology if they have completed:

            • A 3–4 year bachelor’s degree from a university or the equivalent education. The degree must entitle the graduate to apply for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
            • A polytechnic degree (Finnish university of applied sciences, ammattikorkeakoulu).
            • A polytechnic degree in an EU country if the degree entitles the graduate to apply for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              15000 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
            • EU/EEA

              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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            Living costs for Helsinki

            • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
              Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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