Study lines

There are three study lines in the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies & Planning.

Urban Planning and Design 

Urban Planning and Design addresses urban development by integrating the knowledge, skills and pedagogical approaches of both planning and design and by developing synergies across multiple disciplines. The constructive power of design to imagine, structure, visualize and communicate is combined with the analytic rigour and critical understanding of planning and urban governance history, methodologies and tools. USP Plans develops and deepens such foundational skills while advancing professional capabilities through challenge-based learning within concrete cases, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and learning-by-doing experimentation. USP Plans is oriented towards planners, architects, landscape architects, spatial, service and strategic designers.

Urban Life, Economy and Cultures

Urban Life, Economy and Cultures addresses urban development by integrating analysis of socio-economic, digital and physical structures with planning. Theories and methodologies from the social and political sciences are explored and applied. Socio-spatial dynamics change are in focus, including influences of policies and markets, actors and structures, decision-making processes, social mixing and demographics. USP Peoples develops and deepens foundational studies while advancing professional capabilities through challenge-based and collaborative learning including situated municipal and field studies. USP Peoples is oriented towards planners, urban economists and managers and those interested in urban humanities. 

Urban Ecologies and Systems

Urban Ecologies and Systems addresses urban development by integrating technical and natural science knowledge. This includes methodologies for studying, assessing and planning for social and ecological resilience, technological innovation and complex adaptive systems. It applies systems approaches to identify multi-dimensional planning while retaining a holistic perspective on the complex and historical dynamics affecting multiple scales. USP Systems develops and deepens such foundational studies while advancing professional capabilities through challenge-based and collaborative learning including urban, digital and ecological field studies. USP Systems is oriented towards planners, engineers, architects, landscape architects, and environmental managers.