M.Sc. On Campus

Human Settlements

KU Leuven

12 months
6600 EUR/year
6600 EUR/year
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Space is an increasingly limited resource. The Advanced 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 Advanced Master of Human Settlements at KU Leuven seeks to expose you to the multi-faceted challenge of contemporary human settlements, from multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar perspectives. You will also be encouraged to develop a critical and interpretative approach towards developing your own position within the field.

The Master of Human Settlements 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, prepare 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:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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
  • - TOEFL (Computer-based test 213 pt., Internet-based test 79 - 80 pt., Paper-based test 550 pt.) or IELTS (6.5 - 7 pt.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6600 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6600 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 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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