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Master in City and Regional Planning

Are you interested in how cities can becomes more sustainable, efficient, safe and livable? There is an increasing need for urban planners who understand sustainable urban development and design. The 2-year master program in City and Regional Planning qualifies you to understand and shape the cities of the future.

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Duration

2 years/4 semesters

Number of study places

10 for local applicants 10 for international applicants

ECTS credits

120

Language of instruction

English

Study start

August every year

No tuition fees

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Cities and urban areas are growing fast. Urban planners with technical insight and design understanding are therefore needed to ensure sustainable urban development of livable and smart cities. The cities of the future must be resource and energy efficient, and have smart solutions for buildings, transport and infrastructure.

Would you like to design the buildings, public spaces and neighbourhoods of the future? To ensure good collaboration between private and public stakeholders, urban planners with technical insight, creative sensitivity and an understanding og society are needed. The master program in City and Regional Planning focuses on place making, site-specific understanding, spatial analysis, conceptual development and design, as well as planning processes, shaping robust urban infrastructure and communities, along with renewable energy solutions.

The target group for this study programme are students with a background in planning, civil engineering or architecture who are interested in combining design with technical and social issues. Experience with urban/spatial planning and related drawing software is highly recommended.

Students in City and Regional Planning have dedicated studio space in Ivar Langens hus, that includes a workshop and work stations for group work.

This master program will qualify you as urban planner or consultant within city and regional planning, transport planning, or place making.

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.

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

Students graduating with a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning should have knowledge, skills and aptitudes that allow them to participate in professional city and regional planning projects. Candidates should be able to handle projects of different scale and consider conceptual, theoretical and methodological questions in a qualified and reflective manner. A student graduating from the program:

 

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.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor´s degree within one of the following disciplines is required:

- Planning

- Civil Engineering

The degree must include minimum 40 ECTS credits in physical planning, city and regional planning, civil engineering, architecture or landscape architecture, landscape engineering, environmental or urban management, technical planning or equivalent.

**Knowledge of relevant data tools and experience with physical land use planning, urban design or regulation planning is strongly recommended.

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.

Application and admission

How and when to apply?

Deadlines, English requirements, documentation requirements and more

Contact

For inquiries regarding admission to international Master's programmes, send an email to: admissions@uis.no

Study plan and courses
Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here
  • Compulsory courses

  • Choose one course 2nd semester

    • Energy and environmental politics and policy in a comparative perspective

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      Energy and environmental politics and policy in a comparative perspective

      Study points: 10

    • Infrastructure and vulnerability

      YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

      Infrastructure and vulnerability

      Study points: 10

  • Courses at UiS or exchange 3rd semester

    • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

      • Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility

      • Urban Renewable Energy Solutions

        • New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Study points: 10

        • Societal transition and transformation - Energy and climate change

          YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

          Societal transition and transformation - Energy and climate change

          Study points: 10

        • Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

          YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

          Energy, energy technologies, and energy system integration

          Study points: 10

      • Urban Safety and Resilience

        • New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Study points: 10

        • Foundations of risk analysis and risk science

          YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

          Foundations of risk analysis and risk science

          Study points: 10

        • Risk, Society and Governance

          YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

          Risk, Society and Governance

          Study points: 10

        • Contingency analysis and planning

          YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3

          Contingency analysis and planning

          Study points: 10

      • Other electives 3rd semester

    • Exchange 3rd semester

Frequently asked questions

What is urban planning, really?

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Urban planning includes all activities that develop and shape the places we live in. It requires knowledge of, among other things, built surroundings, outdoor spaces, people, travel, public affairs, finances and politics. Urban planning includes work with smaller urban and street spaces. neighborhoods and entire cities or regions. How cities are designed and used is considered a very important part of sustainable development. Most greenhouse gas emissions occur in cities. Therefore, large parts of the solution are also there. Urban planning is to facilitate reduced emissions through, among other things, area and transport planning. If you choose urban planning, you will work with meaningful tasks.

Do I have to be good at math when I study urban planning?

If you are going to take a three-year bachelor's degree in civil engineering (with a major in urban planning or technical planning) or a five-year master's degree in urban planning, you must meet the admission requirements for science R1 + R2 + FYS. The program includes basic mathematics, physics and chemistry.

If you are going to take a two-year master's degree in urban planning, you must have a bachelor's degree relevant to planning. You do not need engineering skills to apply.

Do I have to be good at drawing when I study urban planning?

No! You will use drawing and CAD in the daily work with tasks. Planning work involves placing and designing surroundings, and it is important to be able to present work graphically, using drawings, maps, digital plans and illustrations. You will receive training in this during your studies.

Is the study program in English?

The three-year bachelor program takes place mostly in Norwegian. But it is desirable that students travel on exchange in the 5th semester, and some subjects can therefore be offered in English.

In the two-year master's program in urban planning / city and regional planning, Norwegian and international students work together, so all teaching takes place in English. It is possible to write the master's thesis in English or Norwegian.

Do I get a master's degree when I study urban planning?

You can study urban planning as a three-year bachelor in civil engineering with a specialization in urban planning or technical planning. This program gives you an engineering degree.

Or you can take a two-year international master's in urban planning / city and regional planning. This program gives you a master of science.

If you are applying for a five-year master's degree, you first go on to a three-year bachelor's degree in civil engineering and then on a two-year master's degree in urban planning / city and regional planning. If you meet the requirements for science in the education plan, you can apply for a master's degree.

Where can I work, and what can I work on when I study urban planning?

You can work on making physical plans or describe how an area should be developed. You do not have to work in a big city. You can get a job in public agencies (eg municipalities, county municipalities, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, etc.) or private companies that solve planning tasks (eg consulting companies, engineering / architectural offices, real estate developers, contractors, etc. ).

Student exchange

By going on exchange to one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your studies, you will have an opportunity to get a unique education. In addition to improving your career opportunities, you grow as a person and gain the ability to greater reflect on the topics you study as part of your degree. All about exchange

Exchange semester

Semester 3



Exchange scheme

In semester 3 of the Master program in City and Regional Planning, you have the possibility to study abroad at one of UiS partner universities.



In the third semester, 30 ECTS have been reserved for elective courses. When going abroad, you must choose courses that provide equivalent specialization within your field, and these must be pre-approved before you leave. It is also important that the courses you are going to take abroad do not overlap in content with the courses you have taken or will take later in the study program. A good tip is to think about your specialization and your field of interest. It is recommended to start planning the exchange early.



More possibilities

Students will gain international experience as semester 3 of the Master program is organised in cooperation with the University of Aalborg (Departement of Architecture and Design).



In addition to the recommended institutions listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe, which are open to all students at UiS who find a relevant course offer.



Within the Nordic countries, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks. Find out more.



Contact person

Guidance and pre-approval of courses:

Sabrina Ebenhoch



General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk

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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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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!

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