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Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning

Master's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning
Study in the joint programme of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University to develop the skills to address complex urban challenges.
Study in the joint programme of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University to develop the skills to address complex urban challenges.
Next application period starts 01 December 2020
Scope of studies and length
120 ECTS credits, 2 years
Degree level
Master
Application period
Next application period starts 01 December 2020
Language
Finnish, Swedish, English
Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens)
15 000€
Eligibility to apply for a master's programme requires an applicable bachelor's degree or other equivalent qualification.

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.

Choosing your degree

There are different admission tracks for the USP programme at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. At the University of Helsinki, students can apply for four different degrees: 1) Master of Arts (Faculty of Arts), 2) Master of Science (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences), 3) Master of Science (Faculty of Science), 4) Master of Social Sciences (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

Admission Services

If you have questions about the admissions process at the University of Helsinki, please contact the Admission Services for guidance and support.