Urban Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
The M.Sc. in Urban Studies  is a  2 years programme,(120 ECTS,) jointly offered by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Offering a strong interdisciplinary perspective on urban studies, students follow a core trajectory of shared courses and have the freedom to specialize by individually selecting from a large offer of elective modules and courses.

About

The majority of the world’s population lives in cities. Urban culture is reshaping the world: urbanisation and globalisation are two sides of the same coin. The interdisciplinary and international Master in Urban Studies sets out – at the crossroads of sociology, geography, history, cultural studies, and humanistic urban studies – to address this fundamentally novel aspect of the human condition. 

The M.Sc. in Urban Studies  is a  2 years programme,(120 ECTS,) jointly offered by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Offering a strong interdisciplinary perspective on urban studies, students follow a core trajectory of shared courses and have the freedom to specialize by individually selecting from a large offer of elective modules and courses.

Strength of the programme

The strength of the programme results from the integration of analytical skills typical for the (social-) sciences and the more design oriented skills of planning and architecture. The need for interdisciplinary knowledge and skills as opposed to the more narrowly defined academic disciplines is strong.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO).

Programme Structure

Common core

The common core contains a course on Brussels, one on the European dimension of cities and urbanisation, and a number of theoretical courses introducing you to the field of urban studies. 

The core consists of the following courses:

  • Geographies of a Globalizing Europe
  • Urban Social Geography 
  • Urban Economic Geography 
  • Urban Sociology 
  • Urban Sustainability and Circular Economy 
  • Global City-Region Brussels
  • Urban Analysis I 
  • Urban Analysis II 
  • Excursion I 
  • Excursion II 

Elective modules and courses

We offer six elective modules, incorporating a large variety of disciplines from across the social sciences and humanities. Each student must choose two of the six.

  • Urban History (18 ECTS)
  • Urban Criminology (15 ECTS)
  • Urban Geography (12 ECTS)
  • Urban Architecture (15 ECTS)
  • Urban Planning and Mobility (14 ECTS)
  • Urban Design (16/18 ECTS)

Besides the elective modules, we also offer a wide range of individual elective courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    72

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

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Academic Requirements

General required documents:

  • copy/scan of passport or national ID 
  • passport-size picture
  • bachelor degree (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year of studies)
  • transcript of records
  • proof of English-language proficiency

Extra documents:

  • motivation letter
  • 2 reference letters (written by an academic)

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents als stated above +
  • APS certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 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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