Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning
How to deal with complex urban environments?
The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning (USP) prepares students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challenges. Students learn to address such challenges through a curriculum and pedagogical approach that includes interdisciplinary breadth as well as depth in core areas of knowledge, skill and practice. USP is a joint programme between the University of Helsinki and Aalto University.
There are three study tracks in the Master’s programme in Urban Studies & Planning: 1) USP Plans: Urban planning and Design 2) USP Peoples: Urban Life, Economy and Cultures 3) USP Systems: Urban Ecologies and Systems. Find out more about the programme structure, content and courses from the link below.
How to apply
The quick guide gives you a general overview of the application process at the University of Helsinki and how to apply. Make sure that you meet the admission requirements, prepare your documents in advance and apply when applications are open.
Please note that there is only one intake per academic year. You must submit your application online at the Finnish national application portal Studyinfo. The online application form is open only during the application period. Also the admission requirements for the programme can be found in Studyinfo.
Please also note that there are different admission tracks for the USP programme at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. The programme offers several degree options to apply for, which in the University of Helsinki include MA (Faculty of Arts), MSc (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences), MSc (Faculty of Science) and M.Soc.Sc (Faculty of Social Sciences). The degree is to be chosen when applying to the programme and cannot be later changed. The applicability of previous studies is assessed according to the selected target degree.
Find your study options for USP at Aalto University here.