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Master in Regional and Urban Planning

Universidade de Aveiro
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Universidade de Aveiro

Program description

Master in Regional and Urban Planning

The overall aim of this program of studies is to equip students with an understanding of territorial planning which includes the following three dimensions:

  • the ability to intervene in real situations
  • an awareness of the major trends in territorial planning and future tendencies in this field worldwide
  • a critical stance towards the relationship between planning and society

The program thus aims at enhancing students' access to solid theoretical, conceptual and instrumental foundations, enabling him or her to analyse, assess, critically understand and act upon the territory in its physical, environmental, social, economic and political dimensions.

Admission requirements

  1. Licenciatura level degree, or legal equivalent.
  2. Foreign higher education degree in awarded on completion of a 1st cycle study program organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.
  3. Foreign higher education degree recognised as satisfying the objectives of the licenciatura degree by the scientifically and statutorily competent body.
  4. The Scientific Council of the University of Aveiro may admit applicants proposed by the Director of the Study Cycle who do not meet the conditions specified above but whose academic, scientific or professional curriculum reveal an adequate preparation for frequenting the Masters program, in accordance with Article 17, Nº 1, d), Decree Law nº 74/2006, as expressed in DL nº 65/2018 of 16 August, and Article 47, Nº 1, d) of the Study Regulations of the University of Aveiro.
  5. The recognition referred to in 2, 3 and 4 is valid only for entry to the study cycle and does not confer equivalence to the degree of licenciatura or recognition of this degree.
  6. Students enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year in a cycle of University of Aveiro studies and who meet conditions for application in 2020/2021 may not apply for the same cycle of studies under the terms of this competition.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

1º Semester

  • Urban Forms
  • Strategic Territorial Planning
  • Environmental Systems And Sustainability
  • Planning Support Techniques

Option I

  • Development And Integrated Planning Of Tourist Destinations
  • Europeanisation Of Political And Administrative Systems
  • Public Urban Space
  • Sociology And Economics Of Sustainable Development
  • Tourism And Economic Development

2º Semester

  • Environment And Development Strategies
  • Mobility Planning
  • Soci-economic And Territorial Dynamics
  • Urban Planning
  • Planning Systems And Policies

Year 2

1º Semester

  • Legislation And Urban Administration
  • Territory, Regional Policies And Innovation
  • Dissertation/ Project /Placement

Elective II

  • Europe And Population Policies
  • Urban Rehabilitation Policies

2º Semester

  • Dissertation / Project / Placement

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Local/EU Students: 1000€ per year
  • International/Non-EU Students: 4000€ per year


Our goal is, therefore, to equip students with the following competences:

  • the ability to identify the communities’ current and future needs and acknowledge the opportunities, effects, constraints and demands involved when undertaking specific courses of action and /or developmental strategies;
  • the capacity to adopt and /or build models of territorial organisation and development strategies so as to substantiate intervention choices that take into account the diversity of perspectives and choices and benefit both individual interests or those of the community as a whole;
  • the capacity to engage in multicultural dialogue about ideas, concepts, principles, and models of development and territorial planning;
  • the ability to integrate and value the professional ethical principles associated with territorial planning of the territory.

Career opportunities

Skills achieved with this master program allow students to intervene in many areas related with spatial planning.

In professional terms, the public sector has a very relevant role in regional and urban planning. Among public administration's entities one can name Regional Development Coordination Comissions (CCDR), Municipalities and several public institutes. But also in the private sector, companies tend to include more skilled professionalls from regional and urban planning in their working teams.

Multi disciplinary profile of this master program allows future professionals to increase their field of intervention, not "merely" dedicated to produce plans. More specialized tasks, important for decision-making, on fields like demography or social-economy are just some of the examples.

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Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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