Urban Studies (Master)

4CITIES Spring School on methods and transdisciplinary skills.

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The Joint Master's program in Urban Studies places European urban societies and spaces at the core of application-oriented teaching. By learning relevant and advanced social science methods, students are equipped with the tools to analyze and evaluate urban transformation processes from a variety of perspectives. Moreover, theoretical approaches to urban geography and transdisciplinary research are taught by an international and interdisciplinary group of professors. These in-class experiences are complimented with a balance of individual and group work which enables students to both develop project work independently and collaborate in a multidisciplinary and international team. Subsequently, this combination of inspiring leadership, intercultural cooperation, and enhanced knowledge of novel methods, concepts, and terminology, empowers students with the ability to craft sound solutions to urban problems and provide robust and scientifically grounded policy advice. 

The language of instruction in the Joint Master's program in Urban Studies is English. 

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 664

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

Special Admission Requirements


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Study Programme

The Joint Master‘s program in Urban Studies is offered by six universities in four European university cities. The application for this master program is available on the website: www.4cities.eu. Each university is responsible for a specific semester and specific modules. For Classical Track students, it is necessary to complete these modules in the order listed: winter semester in Brussels, subsequent summer semester in Vienna, second winter semester in Copenhagen, second summer semester in Madrid.

The master’s program consists of the following compulsory modules: European Cities in an Urbanizing World, Urban Social Geography, Urban Sociology, Political Economy, Urban Analysis I & II (later also III and IV), Urban Transformations, Urban Planning and Development, Urbanism and Architecture, Urban Culture and Cultural Theory, The Sustainable and Liveable City, Governance and Local Welfare, Master thesis and defense.

Five Concepts

Five terms that you deal with during your studies: 

  • Urban transformation processes
  • Sustainable urban concepts
  • Socio-spatial disparities and inequalities
  • Governance
  • Mixed-methods approaches

... and many more. 

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Among others, graduates can work in the following areas:

  • urban planning
  • social planning
  • project management
  • political consulting
  • culture journalism and science journalism

Methods course on visual methods and ethnographic research by Nathaniel Telemaque and Andrew Harris from the University College London Urban Laboratory.

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Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.0 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.4 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 11 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the master's programme in Urban Studies (in German).