Human Settlements

KU Leuven

12 months
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Space is an increasingly limited resource. The Master of Human Settlements at KU Leuven provides you insights into the challenges and opportunities of worldwide settlements in an era of rapid change. The intensive program seeks to expose you to the multi-faceted challenge of contemporary human settlements, from multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar perspectives. 


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory and Practice of Urbanism since 1945
  • Human Settlements in Development
  • Studio Urban Fabrics
  • Urban Studies
  • Critical Review of Sustainable Development Policies and Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

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)
Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file and additional intake:
  • 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

Tuition Fee


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Human Settlements
KU Leuven