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City and Regional Planning, Master of Science


Study programme description for study year 2022-2023

Facts
Credits (ECTS)

120

Studyprogram code

M-BYUTV

Level

Master's degree (2 years)

Leads to degree

Master i teknologi / sivilingeniør

Full-/Part-time

Full-time

Duration

4 Semesters

Undergraduate

No

Language of instruction

English

The goal of this study programme is to educate students who are equipped with multi-disciplinary competences, with the ability to create and evaluate sustainable, functional, safe, and resilient urban infrastructure and communities. The programme integrates technical subjects with design and social understanding. Placemaking, spatial analysis, conceptual development and design, as well as planning processes are central topics in this programme. The master programme in City and Regional Planning focuses on shaping sustainable and robust urban infrastructure and communities, along with renewable energy solutions. The target group for this study programme is planning-, civil engineering- or architecture students who are interested in combinations of design, technical and social issues. Experience with city/urban/spatial planning subjects as well as traditional and digital graphic design and representation skills are highly recommended. The study programme is a post-graduate programme that runs over four semesters and covers 120 ECTS, resulting in a Master degree in City and Regional Planning.

Learning outcomes

After having completed the master’s programme in City and Regional Planning, the student shall have acquired the following learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills and general competences:

Knowledge

K1: Has advanced knowledge within city and regional planning, and specific insight into selected topics. 

K2: Has in-depth knowledge about scientific theory and methods within city and regional planning. 

K3: Can apply knowledge to new topics within city and regional planning. 

K4: Can analyse relevant problems while taking planning history, traditions, methods and social responsibility into account. 

K5: Can understand and evaluate technical and aesthetic aspects of existing urban environment as well as propose new ones.

Skills

S1: Can participate and lead interdisciplinary planning processes on city, region and neighbourhood scales. 

S2: Can analyse a space in terms of topography, history, built environment and traffic. 

S3: Can propose compound master plans and small-scale designs. 

S4: Can shape sustainable, functional, safe and resilient environments. 

S5: Can critically assess consequences associated with proposed land use, building development and transport plans.

General Competences

G1: Can analyse professional, theoretical and research-ethical problems. 

G2: Can apply knowledge and skills to new areas in order to implement advanced tasks and projects. 

G3: Can convey extensive pieces of independent work and master planning terminology –orally, written and graphically. 

G4: Can communicate planning problems, analyses and conclusions, to both experts and the public. 

G5: Can critically assess and reflect on literature and projects on city and regional planning. 

G6: Can contribute to original thinking and innovation.

Syllabus

The programme consists of 20 ECTS method courses (G), 40 ECTS mandatory core study (F), 30 ECTS specialisation/electives or study abroad (U), and 30 ECTS Master`s thesis.

In the 1st semester of the study programme, the focus is on mastering basic planning and analysis tools and methods, and working on local planning tasks, before moving on to regional and international examples in the 2nd semester. Some topics and courses are shared between study programmes for city and regional planning, societal safety and renewable energy. 

The 3rd semester gives an opportunity for international exchange. Students can for example spend an exchange semester in San Diego State University, or travel to Aalborg University (Dept. of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology), and choose between two specializations: Urban Architecture and Mobilities or Urban Studies. 

As an alternative, students can choose to specialise in sustainable urban development and mobility, safe and robust cities, or renewable energy solutions, through elective courses at UiS. 

The master’s thesis (BYGMAS) is usually completed in the 4th semester and addresses topics relevant to the study programme. Many students write their thesis with a company or public institution. Planning of the master’s thesis should start in the third semester. 
Most courses have weekly lectures. Some courses include seminars, tutorials and mandatory hand-in projects or group work. The use of data tools is an integral part of most courses. 

UiS has emphases on offering all study programmes as planned, but reserves the right to make changes subject to capacity and the number of students. Adjustments of content and structure of study programmes are natural in relation with changes in technology and society over time.

Career prospects

The programme’s combination of courses in technology and design, together with social understanding, give students a wide skillset, and thus a large spectrum of job opportunities. Typical examples include work in physical planning and management, urban design and planning, and urban analysis in both public and private sectors.

A completed Master of Science can qualify for admission to doctoral studies within Risk- and Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger.

Course assessment

Schemes for quality assurance and evaluation of studies are stipulated in Quality system for education

Study plan and courses
  • Compulsory courses

    • BYGMAS: Master`s thesis city and regional planning

      Year 2, semester 3

      Master`s thesis city and regional planning (BYGMAS)

      Study points: 30

  • Courses at UiS or exchange 3rd semester

    • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

      • Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility

        • BYG620: Urban Development Project 7

          Year 2, semester 3

          Urban Development Project 7 (BYG620)

          Study points: 10

        • BYG650: Practical training in City and Regional Planning

          Year 2, semester 3

          Practical training in City and Regional Planning (BYG650)

          Study points: 10

        • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

          Study points: 10

      • Urban Renewable Energy Solutions

        • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

          Study points: 10

        • MEE100: Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change

          Year 2, semester 3

          Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change (MEE100)

          Study points: 10

        • PET515: Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

          Year 2, semester 3

          Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration (PET515)

          Study points: 10

      • Urban Safety and Resilience

        • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

          Study points: 10

        • RAG500: Foundations of risk analysis and risk science

          Year 2, semester 3

          Foundations of risk analysis and risk science (RAG500)

          Study points: 10

        • RAG510: Risk, Society and Governance

          Year 2, semester 3

          Risk, Society and Governance (RAG510)

          Study points: 10

        • SAM520: Contingency analysis and planning

          Year 2, semester 3

          Contingency analysis and planning (SAM520)

          Study points: 10

      • Other electives 3rd semester

    • Exchange 3rd semester

  • Compulsory courses

    • BYG500: Urban Analysis and Planning Methods

      Year 1, semester 1

      Urban Analysis and Planning Methods (BYG500)

      Study points: 10

    • BYG510: Placemaking

      Year 1, semester 1

      Placemaking (BYG510)

      Study points: 10

    • MEE140: Philosophy of Science and Research Methods

      Year 1, semester 1

      Philosophy of Science and Research Methods (MEE140)

      Study points: 10

    • BYG610: Sustainable City Regions

      Year 1, semester 2

      Sustainable City Regions (BYG610)

      Study points: 10

    • BYG640: Selected topics in city and regional planning

      Year 1, semester 2

      Selected topics in city and regional planning (BYG640)

      Study points: 10

    • BYGMAS: Master`s thesis city and regional planning

      Year 2, semester 3

      Master`s thesis city and regional planning (BYGMAS)

      Study points: 30

  • Choose one course 2nd semester

    • MEE120: Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy in a Comparative Perspective

      Year 1, semester 2

      Energy and Environmental Politics and Policy in a Comparative Perspective (MEE120)

      Study points: 10

    • SAM500: Digitalization, infrastructure and vulnerability

      Year 1, semester 2

      Digitalization, infrastructure and vulnerability (SAM500)

      Study points: 10

  • Courses at UiS or exchange 3rd semester

    • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

      • Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility

        • BYG620: Urban Development Project 7

          Year 2, semester 3

          Urban Development Project 7 (BYG620)

          Study points: 10

        • BYG650: Practical training in City and Regional Planning

          Year 2, semester 3

          Practical training in City and Regional Planning (BYG650)

          Study points: 10

        • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

          Study points: 10

      • Urban Renewable Energy Solutions

        • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

          Study points: 10

        • MEE100: Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change

          Year 2, semester 3

          Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change (MEE100)

          Study points: 10

        • PET515: Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

          Year 2, semester 3

          Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration (PET515)

          Study points: 10

      • Urban Safety and Resilience

        • BYG655: New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

          Study points: 10

        • RIS505: Foundations of risk analysis and risk science

          Year 2, semester 3

          Foundations of risk analysis and risk science (RIS505)

          Study points: 10

        • RIS515: Risk, Society and Governance

          Year 2, semester 3

          Risk, Society and Governance (RIS515)

          Study points: 10

        • SAM520: Contingency analysis and planning

          Year 2, semester 3

          Contingency analysis and planning (SAM520)

          Study points: 10

      • Other electives 3rd semester

    • Exchange 3rd semester

Student exchange

3rd semester

Study abroad 

Applicants admitted to the program are recommended to go on an exchange semester abroad as a part of their studies. UiS regards this exchange as a highly positive component of the program which will increase your employability. Students should select from their study program’s recommended universities.  

Schedule for the exchange

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 3rd semester of the master's program in City and Regional Planning. 

This semester consists of 30 ECTS credits of electives. During the exchange semester you can choose subjects similar the master program specialization. The courses you want to take abroad must be approved by the department.  It is important that the subjects/ courses from abroad not overlap with subjects you have already taken. An advice is to think about your specialization and your field of interest.

More opportunities

In addition to the recommended universities listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at UiS, provided that they find a relevant subject offering. Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks.

Find out more: https://www.uis.no/en/outbound-exchange-network-and-agreements

Contact your student adviser at the Faculty if you have questions about guidance and pre-approval of topics.

Sabrina Ebenhoch: https://www.uis.no/nb/profile/2707

General questions about exchange:

Go to the exchange guide in the Digital student service desk

Recommended institutions:

  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Polytechnico di Milano, Italy
  • Griffith University, Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia

San Diego State University, USA

Student exchange
  • All countries

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

    Griffith University

    Griffith University er en populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter. Universitetet er et særlig godt valg for studenter innen musikk/dans, hotell/turisme og business.

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

    Queensland University of Technology

    Queensland University of Technology (QUT) er et av Australias største universitet med 40.000 studenter og en stor andel internasjonale studenter. Reis "down under" og bli en del av dette studentmiljøet du også!

    San Diego State University

    San Diego State University (SDSU) ligger helt sør i California, på grensen til Mexico, og bare et par timers kjøretur fra Los Angeles. Dette er en svært populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter.

  • Australia

    Griffith University

    Griffith University er en populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter. Universitetet er et særlig godt valg for studenter innen musikk/dans, hotell/turisme og business.

    Queensland University of Technology

    Queensland University of Technology (QUT) er et av Australias største universitet med 40.000 studenter og en stor andel internasjonale studenter. Reis "down under" og bli en del av dette studentmiljøet du også!

  • Denmark

    Aalborg Universitet

    Aalborg Universitet (AAU) er kjent for å benytte seg av problembasert læring i grupper, noe som kan by på en spennende læringsprosess.

  • Italy

    Politecnico di Milano University

    Politecnico di Milano er Italias største tekniske universitet med om lag 40.000 studenter og er høyt rangert på en rekke internasjonale rankinglister.

  • United States

    San Diego State University

    San Diego State University (SDSU) ligger helt sør i California, på grensen til Mexico, og bare et par timers kjøretur fra Los Angeles. Dette er en svært populær utvekslingsdestinasjon for UiS-studenter.

Admission requirements

A bachelor´s degree within Planning, Civil Engineering, Architecture, or equivalent. The degree must include minimum 30 ECTS credits in physical planning, city and regional planning, landscape engineering, environmental or urban management, technical planning, or equivalent.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree.

Contact information

Study Program Leader: Ari Krisna Mawira Tarigan

Student consultant: Sabrina Ebenhoch