Urbanism and Strategic Planning

KU Leuven

24 months
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Cities and settlements are under extreme pressure. Social and environmental inequity is sharply on the rise. Urbanism, spatial  planning and intervention in landscape systems are in urgent need of renewed approaches. The Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning at KU Leuven focuses on multi-faceted and -scalar issues of contemporary urban development. 


The Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning at KU Leuven develops a critical understanding of the contemporary conditions of settlements, cities and urban regions. It introduces students to innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through projects, plans and policies across different scales.

The programme is part of the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU). MaUSP students can apply to spend the second semester abroad at one of our partner universities—UPC Barcelona, TU Delft or IUAV Venezia—to obtain the EMU certificate.


The master prepares you for leadership roles in urban design, urban development and management, and strategic planning, with a special focus on European-wide urban problems.  

MaUSP graduates are highly valued in urban design offices, consultancy firms for urban development and management, real estate agencies that develop public-private partnerships and the public sector. 

Graduates are recognised in Flanders as urban planners, if they comply with certain rules pertaining to their choice courses, thus being eligible for certain positions such as public servants.

Graduates will be able to provide professional architectural and/or urban design experience to design offices, consultancy firms, or work as public servants. Urbanism is closely related to current and rapid social transformation and there is a continual need for professionals capable of responding with new interpretations, strategies and designs in response to emerging trends. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory and Practice of Urbanism since 1945
  • Strategic Spatial Planning
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Project Development and Management
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development and Cultures
  • Urban Design Strategies
  • Landscape Urbanism
  • Studio Landscape Urbanism
  • Studio Urbanism


The ideal prospective student has a firm foundational knowledge of architecture and planning, exceptional results from previous studies, and a special desire to address European-wide urban problems. Practical experience in design offices, consultancy firms, planning or policymaking councils is beneficial. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

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

  • Be a graduate (with minimum 5 years of university education) in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Urban or Physical Planning with a good academic record (normal level of 70 %, of GPA 2.8/3.0, second class upper). The relevance of the academic record will be compared for each university and/or country of origin.
  • Have a good command of English, certified by a score on al language test (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS) indicating a C-1 level on the Common European Framework of the Council of Europe.
  • Submit a letter of motivation and a portfolio which clearly demonstrate their sound professional intentions and relevant experience.
  • Applicants with some years of relevant professional experience will be preferred.

Tuition Fee


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