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Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Study language: 
English
In cooperation with: 
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Wien, Kobenhavns Universitet, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Faculty: 
Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
accredited by NVAO
Campus: 
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus

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Master of Science in Urban Studies

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Academic year 2017-2018
The Master of Science in Urban Studies programme, known as 4Cities is an interuniversitary joint master of two years. Students take part in an interdisciplinary programme in four cities-Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid- yet six different universities. Students live in each of the cities for about one semester, the mobility of the students is fixed and sequantially organised through modules in each of the universities, the whole cohort of students start in the same sequence of the curriculum. The master includes 4 modules of 30, 20, 20 and 20 ECTS-credits. The 30 ECTS-credits of the master's thesis brings the total amount of ECTS-credits for the master programme to 120 ECTS-credits. In each city the programme consists of: academic courses, fieldwork, excursions & visits, exams.
The master thesis is with supervision and tutoring at each university.
The application and selection procedure for this joint master is centrally organised by the 4Cities Academic board. Inscription directly through VUB is impossible.
In total, this academic plan comprises 120 study points.

BRUSSELS: Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Université Libre de Bruxelles

The programme starts in Brussels with courses organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles with three courses at each university for a total of 30 ECTS-credits. All courses are mandatory and to be taken in the first semester of the first year.
To complete this module, students must obtain 30 study points.

1.1.VUB courses

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 of the model trajectory.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
European Urban Studies 1st semester 6
Urban Analysis I 1st semester 3
Urban Social Geography 1st semester 6

1.2. ULB courses

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 of the model trajectory.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Urban Analysis II 1st semester 5
Urban Economic Geography 1st semester 5
Urban Sociology 1st semester 5

VIENNA: Universität Wien

4Cities student move in the second semester of the first year to the next university in Vienna and will follow the mandatory module of in total 20 ECTS-credits. These courses can only be taken in the second semester of the first year of the Masters programme.
To complete this module, students must obtain 20 study points.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Contemporary Problems in Urban Development 2nd semester 4
Demography of European Cities 2nd semester 4
Principles of Urban Planning and Urbanism 2nd semester 4
Urban Analysis III 2nd semester 4
Urban Development and Planning in Eastern Europe 2nd semester 4

COPENHAGEN: KØbenhavns Universitet

The second year of the Master in Urban Studies starts with a mandatory semester in Copenhagen where the curriculum is organised by the KØbenhavns Universitet. The start of the semester is the beginning of September in Copenhagen. These courses can only be taken in the first semester of the second year of the Master's Programme.
To complete this module, students must obtain 20 study points.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Urban Analysis IV 1st semester 4
Urban Culture & Cultural Theory 1st semester 8
Urbanism and Architecture 1st semester 8

MADRID: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The second semester of this second year consists of a semester in Madrid. The curriculum is organised by two universities Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
To complete this module, students must obtain 20 study points.

4.1 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 2 of the model trajectory.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
The Sustainable and Livable City 2nd semester 10

4.2 Universidad Complutense de Madrid

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 2 of the model trajectory.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Governance and Local Welfare 2nd semester 10

Master thesis

The topic of the master thesis is chosen by the students. Students can only register for the Master Thesis in the second year of the Masters. However the curriculum foresees in each university an intensive preparation and guidance of the thesis in the first and second year.

To complete this module, students must obtain 30 study points.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Masters Thesis Urban Studies 1st and 2nd semester 30