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Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Study language: 
English
In cooperation with: 
Université Libre de Bruxelles. The 4CITIES-track is an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in cooperation with Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Wien, Kobenhavns Universitet, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and 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

Standard track
Academic year 2017-2018
The Master in Urban Studies is a 120 ECTS programme jointly offered by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Offering a strong interdisciplinary perspective on urban studies, students follow a core trajectory of shared courses and have the freedom to specialize by individually selecting elective modules and courses.
More information is also availble at http://urbanstudies.brussels/master/urban-studies.

MA Urban Studies VUB/ULB: Common Core

The common core contains a course on Brussels, one on the European dimension of cities and urbanisation, and a number of theoretical courses introducing you to the field of urban studies. By using Brussels as a unique case study in the programme and by organising various site visits in and around Brussels and excursions to cities in Europe, we benefit from our location in the centre of Europe. The common core also contains two modules introducing you to various urban methods and research approaches as well as a thesis seminar dedicated to supporting you in the development and writing of your master thesis.


30 ECTS of the common core is dedicated to the Master thesis. In the first year of your studies, you will choose a topic and develop your research design, whereas in the second year you will conduct most of the empirical research and write the actual thesis. Throughout the two-year process, there will be various moments of collective and individual supervision.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 77 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
European Urban Studies 1st semester 6
Urban Analysis I 1st semester 3
Urban Analysis II 1st semester 5
Urban Economic Geography 1st semester 5
Urban Social Geography 1st semester 6
Urban Sociology 1st semester 5
Urban Sustainability and Circular Economy 1st semester 5
Excursion I 2nd semester 3
Global City-Region Brussels: Language Policy and Identity in Historical Perspective 2nd semester 6
Master thesis 1st and 2nd semester 30

MA Urban Studies VUB/ULB: Electives

Before starting with the Master in Urban Studies, you are expected to choose two elective modules. The elective modules have a disciplinary and/or thematic orientation: this will allow you to specialise within subdomains of urban studies, while at the same time ensuring interdisciplinary training on the level of the overall programme.


We currently offer six elective modules, incorporating a large variety of disciplines from across the social sciences and humanities.


You can also choose to replace one elective module with an internship (15 ECTS), allowing you to gain experience in a working environment that is relevant to urban studies, such as an NGO, local government administration, consultancy firm or European network or institution. If you want to pursue a PhD following your Master education, you can also choose to do a research-oriented internship by working in a university department or another research institution.
To complete this module, students must obtain 43 study points.

Module Urban History

Module Urban History
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Urban History 1st semester 6
Town Archaeology 2nd semester 6
Urbanisation in Early Modern Europe 2nd semester 6

Module Urban Criminology

Module Urban Criminology
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Crime and the city 1st semester 9
Introduction to Criminology 1st semester 6

Module Urban Geography

Module Urban Geography
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Economic and Financial Geography 2nd semester 6
Housing 2nd semester 3
Knowledge Economy and the City 2nd semester 3

Module Urban Architecture

Module Urban Architecture
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Post-war History of Construction and Architecture 1st semester 4
Theoretical Reflections on Monument Care 1st semester 3
Theory of Architecture and Urbanism 1st semester 4
Architectural and construction history 2nd semester 4

Module Urban Planning and Mobility

Module Urban Planning and Mobility
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Sustainable Mobility and Logistics 1st semester 6
Infrastructure and mobility 2nd semester 5
Land Use Planning and Growth Management 2nd semester 3

Module Urban Design

Module Urban Design
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Case studies in Urban Planning and Design 1st semester 3
Design Studio 1 1st semester 6
Theory of Urban Planning and Design 1st semester 3
Design Studio 2 2nd semester 6
Design Studio: Space Speculation 2nd semester 10

Module Internship

Module Internship
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Internship 1st and 2nd semester 15

Electives

Electives
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Design Project Competition 1st semester 4
Global Population Issues and Urban Demography 1st semester 6
Multilingual urban literature 1st semester 6
Research Seminar Modern and Contemporary Architecture 1st semester 6
History of Urban Design 2nd semester 3
Landscape 2 2nd semester 3
Migration and the Multicultural Society 2nd semester 6