Master of Science in City and Regional Planning

Are you interested in how cities can become more sustainable, efficient, safe and livable? This programme qualifies you to understand and shape the cities of the future. 

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Duration

2 years (4 semesters)

ECTS credits

120

Language of instruction

English

Start of studies

August every year

Illustration by Malin Loe and Thea Hove Haug.

Cities and urban areas are growing fast. There is an increasing need for urban planners who understand sustainable urban development and design. 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 buildings, public spaces and neighbourhoods? This master programme focuses on place making, spatial analysis, conceptual development and design, planning processes, infrastructure and communities, and renewable energy solutions.  

You will choose between elective packages on sustainable urban development and mobility, renewable urban energy, or urban safety and resilience. Experience with spatial planning and related drawing software is highly recommended.  

Are you interested in combining design with technical and social issues? Then this can be the programme for you. You will study with international students with different backgrounds from planning, civil engineering and architecture. 

Career prospects

The programme’s combination of courses in technology, design, and social sciences 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 the PhD programme in science and technology with specialisation in risk management and societal safety at the University of Stavanger.

Study plan and courses

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  • Compulsory courses

    • Urban Analysis and Planning Methods

      Year 1, semester 1

      Urban Analysis and Planning Methods (BYG500)

      Study points: 10

    • Placemaking

      Year 1, semester 1

      Placemaking (BYG510)

      Study points: 10

    • New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development

      Year 1, semester 1

      New Technologies and Ideas for Sustainable City Development (BYG655)

      Study points: 10

    • Sustainable City Regions

      Year 1, semester 2

      Sustainable City Regions (BYG610)

      Study points: 10

    • Selected topics in City and Regional Planning

      Year 1, semester 2

      Selected topics in City and Regional Planning (BYG640)

      Study points: 10

    • Research Methods in Risk, Safety, and Security Studies

      Year 1, semester 2

      Research Methods in Risk, Safety, and Security Studies (RIS660)

      Study points: 10

    • Master Thesis in City and Regional Planning

      Year 2, semester 3

      Master Thesis in 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

      • Urban Renewable Energy Solutions

        • Societal Transition and Transformation - Energy and Climate Change

          Year 2, semester 3

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

          Study points: 10

        • Energy, Energy Technologies, and Energy System Integration

          Year 2, semester 3

          Energy, Energy Technologies, and Energy System Integration (PET515)

          Study points: 10

        • Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development

          Year 2, semester 3

          Energy, Societal Safety and Sustainable Development (SAM550)

          Study points: 10

      • Urban Safety and Resilience

        • Urban Safety and Resilience

          • Foundations of Risk Analysis and Risk Science

            Year 2, semester 3

            Foundations of Risk Analysis and Risk Science (RIS505)

            Study points: 10

          • Theories of Risk Perception and Risk Governance

            Year 2, semester 3

            Theories of Risk Perception and Risk Governance (RIS515)

            Study points: 10

        • Choose one course

          • Urban Development Project 7

            Year 2, semester 3

            Urban Development Project 7 (BYG620)

            Study points: 10

          • Practical training in City and Regional Planning

            Year 2, semester 3

            Practical training in City and Regional Planning (BYG650)

            Study points: 10

      • Other electives 3rd semester

    • Exchange 3rd semester

Academic 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, transport planning, technical planning, or equivalent. Supplementary rules for admission (pdf)

«NB: The specializations «Urban Planning and Development» and «Urban Planning and Engineering» will not be offered in 2024»

Application and admission

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

Schedule for the exchange

Students can go on a study abroad experience during the 3rd semester of the master's programme in City and Regional Planning. This semester consists of 30 ECTS credits of electives. During the exchange semester you can choose courses similar the master program specialisation. 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 courses you have already taken. Some advice is to think about your specialisation and your field of interest.

More opportunities

In addition to the recommended universities, The University of Stavanger has several agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at The University of Stavanger, provided that they find a relevant course offering. Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks.

Find out more.

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

Vanessa Brune

General questions about exchange:

Go to the exchange guide in the Digital student service desk

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!

  • Danmark

    Aalborg Universitet

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

  • Italia

    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.

  • USA

    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.

Frequently asked questions

What is urban planning, really?

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 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?

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.

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 life at UiS

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Department of Safety, Economics and Planning