The Master of Human Settlements at KU Leuven addresses rapid urbanisation in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations. Architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture and spatial planning are the core disciplines underpinning the programme.
Contributions from economics, geography and anthropology, among others, complement the core, prepares you to better understand the interplay of human and natural ecosystems. The programme thrives from its truly international body of students and the faculty’s long-standing research expertise in worldwide contexts.
The programme produces interdisciplinary graduates capable of understanding and managing the complexity of urban development as well as promoting sustainable territorial transformations. The MaHS programme's graduates find employment across numerous and widespread areas.
Many of our alumni work as civil servants in urban development agencies in cities or national governments. Others are independent professionals in the field of urban design, planning, and community development. Yet others join private architecture or urban design offices or take on in leadership and policymaking positions in regional, national, and international human settlements institutions, such as UNCHS or UEPP. A small number of graduates continue the academic trajectory by obtaining a PhD.
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- Theory and Practice of Urbanism since 1945
- Human Settlements in Development
- Studio Urban Fabrics
- Urban Studies
- Critical Review of Sustainable Development Policies and Planning
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:
- Master of Architecture (obtained outside the Flemish Community)
- Master of Engineering: Architecture
- Bachelor of Architecture (after 5 years of study)
- Master in Landscape Architecture
- Master in Spatial Planning
- Master in Urban Planning / Design
- Master in another relevant discipline provided the candidate has additional proven professional experience in human settlements (with a minimum of 4 years, normally 5 years of study)
- A letter of motivation and, if possible, a portfolio clearly demonstrating the applicant's sound professional intentions and relevant experience
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