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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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About the programme
Duration

2 years (4 semesters)

Number of study places

23 for local applicants 10 for international applicants

ECTS credits

120

Language of instruction

English

Start of studies

August every year

Tuition fees

No

Illustration by Malin Loe and Thea Hove Haug

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.

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.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor´s degree within one of the following disciplines is required: Planning, Civil Engineering, or Architecture

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.

Application and admission

Deadlines

and other admission requirements

Contact

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

Please find more information here: www.uis.no/whenapply

Please find the application portal here:

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

    • Digitalization, infrastructure and vulnerability

      Year 1, semester 2

      Digitalization, infrastructure and vulnerability

      Study points: 10

  • Courses at UiS or exchange 3rd semester

    • Courses at UiS 3rd semester

      • Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility

        • Urban Development Project 7

          Year 2, semester 3

          Urban Development Project 7

          Study points: 10

        • Practical training in City and Regional Planning

          Year 2, semester 3

          Practical training in City and Regional Planning

          Study points: 10

        • New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

          Study points: 10

      • 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

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 theDigital 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.

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The department carries out research and offers study programmes at all levels within Risk management and societal safety, Industrial economics and City and regional planning.

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