24 months
15000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning offered by the University of Helsinki prepares students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challenges.

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The Urban Studies and Planning programme from University of Helsinki balances theoretical, historical and conceptual knowledge with the acquisition of methods, skills and experiences. Students gain a broad understanding of urban phenomena as well as practical experiences in collaborative and concrete situations.

Below you find the programme structure and curriculum explained in detail. Teaching in the programme is given in English. Exams can also be taken in Finnish or Swedish, and the Master’s thesis can be written in English, Finnish or Swedish, depending on the chosen language of the degree.


The programme prepares students to understand complex urban phenomena as well as to interpret and apply knowledge from different expert areas related to urban development. 

Students will have an integrated understanding of, and training in applying, more interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to urban development. As graduates they will be prepared to find employment in local and international positions within public, private and non-profit organisations, planning, architectural and policy advisory firms, research institutes and NGOs.

Programme Structure

The curriculum consists of:

  • Core skills and methods coursework 
  • Core Urban Challenge Studios 
  • Specialisation coursework
  • Electives
  • Master’s thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The application period is 1.12. - 4.1.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You have completed or will complete by 31 August a first-cycle degree or a second-cycle degree (degrees from universities of applied sciences included) or a postgraduate degree in Finland or abroad.
  • You have completed or will complete applicable studies required for the master’s programme by 15 January. 
  • You have sufficient proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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