Urban Studies (Master)

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The joint master’s programme in Urban Studies equips students with the necessary competences to analyse urban societies and urban spaces in Europe using subject-specific advanced methods. Lecturers from all over the world and from a range of different disciplines help students understand theoretical approaches in urban studies, apply them in analytical work and develop solutions to urban issues. Furthermore, they get to know the principles of academic policy consulting and strengthen their competences by presenting and managing their own projects independently. In addition, the joint master’s programme provides the opportunity to study in a multi-disciplinary and international team, get to know the languages for specific purposes from other disciplines and practice intercultural communication.

The language of instruction in the joint master’s programme in Urban Studies is English.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 664

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

Special Admission Requirements


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Data updated on: 25.05.2020

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)

Study Programme

The master's programme in Urban Studies is jointly offered by six universities in four university cities in Europe. Every university is responsible for certain modules. We recommend that students complete the modules in the following order: the first winter semester in Brussels, the subsequent summer semester in Vienna, the second winter semester in Copenhagen, and the second summer semester in Madrid.

The master’s programme consists of the following compulsory modules: European Urban Studies, Urban Social Geography, Urban Sociology, Urban Economic Geography, Urban Analysis I & II (later also III and IV), Demography of European Cities, Principles of Urban Planning and Urbanism, Contemporary Problems in Urban Development, Urban Development and Planning in Eastern Europe, Urbanism and Architecture, Urban Culture and Cultural Theory, The Sustainable and Liveable City, Governance and Local Welfare. In addition, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Demography
  • Urbanism
  • Cultural theory
  • Architecture
  • Governance

... 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

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 78% graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,720 gross/month.
  • 10% graduates work in the advertising and market research sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Social Sciences, Journalism and Information".