Urban Design is the cornerstone of the Master Programme, enhanced by analytical thinking and critical analysis conducted within a scientific framework and presented in an academic format. Consequently, each semester, a mandatory design-based project and four to five design/research-based elective modules are offered to students. The focal point of the programme will be closely investigated within the subjects of each module.

For more information about the modules offered within the Double Degree option, please follow this link.

First Semester

In the first academic semester, the focus is on Urban Design and Rehabilitation. This includes a mandatory project about urban design, alongside the mandatory module of Fundamentals of Urban Design and Development, which conveys essential themes for the programme. Moreover, there are various elective module available to choose from.

Second and Third Semesters

The second and third academic semesters offer wide range of focus on urban design, urban planning, landscape architecture, and architecture in historical/existing context. During this time, students have the flexibility to select one mandatory project and other elective modules based on their interests.   

Fourth Semester

The fourth academic semester is dedicated to working on the Master Thesis. The thesis is to be supervised by two professors.

A list of selected Master-Theses can be found here.

Elective Modules

Elective modules can be adjusted each semester as needed, ensuring students can complete the programme within the standard period of study.

The elective modules include:

  • Town and House
  • Experimental Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture and Public Space Design
  • Future Landscapes
  • Planning in International Context
  • Critical Urban Studies
  • Informal Urbanism
  • International Building and Planning Law
  • Urban Management
  • Urban Transformation / Urban Studies
  • International Urban Design
  • Heritage and Transformation in Regional and Urban Studies
  • Mobility Planning and Climate Adaptation
  • Impromptu designs, Workshops and Excursions
  • Conservation / Building in Existing Fabric
  • History of Architecture
  • Heritage Management and Management Plan
  • Architecture, City, Space
  • How to talk about Nature
  • Anthropos in the Anthropocene
  • Ecology
  • Cultural Landscapes

Semester Abroad or Voluntary Internship

As part of the programme's structure, students are encouraged to consider participating in a semester abroad or undertaking a voluntary internship. Guidance regarding course selection and planning is provided in consultation with a mentor, ensuring students maximize their educational experience and align their choices with their career aspirations.


Excursions are an essential part of our educational model, providing students with the opportunity to directly experience urban spaces and design concepts in real-world settings. These excursions foster informal interactions among students and teachers, strengthening bonds within the academic community. Each term, several excursions are organized to complement the content covered in modules, making them highly recommended for students seeking to deepen their understanding of class topics.