The programme 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 third semester abroad at one of our partner universities—UPC Barcelona, TU Delft or IUAV Venezia—to obtain the EMU certificate.
The programme is organised according to the following format:
Design and thesis studios form the heart of the programme. They are organised as two full days of work on Mondays and Tuesdays to provide an intensive and immersive working environment such as occurs in most professional practices. These courses build a balance between teamwork and individual contribution, since students are subdivided into small but varied groups from the outset.
Depending on the track students choose (urbanism, planning or landscape), certain optional courses become compulsory.
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.
The Urbanism and Strategic Planning programme is offered at Urbanism and Strategic Planning.
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General Compulsory Courses
Optional Courses (examples)
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.
Minimum required score:
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This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
All applications are evaluated by both KU Leuven admissions office and the relevant Master programme director.
Applicants should fulfil the following formal requirements
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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