City Matters Bulletin Urban Education Special Issue - brought to you by Urbanicity - web version

Welcome to the 19th edition of the City Matters Education Special Issue from Urbanicity, featuring new courses and programmes from around the world.

This edition will reach over 197,000 urban stakeholders all over the world - from students to Mayors!

If you have a course or programme you would like to be listed at Urbanicity's online education directory, or would like to feature a course or programme in the next edition, please contact Kate More

In this edition:

City Planning and Urban Affairs - Boston University’s Metropolitan College

Urban Placemaking and Management - Pratt University

MSc Urban Design - Anglia Ruskin University

MSc and DPhil (PhD) in Sustainable Urban Development - University of Oxford

Master’s programme in Urbanism Studies - Royal Institute of Technology, University in Stockholm

MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies - London School of Economics & Political Science

Double Master’s Degree in Urban Policy - Sciences-Po, Paris and the London School of Economics

& Political Science



Boston University’s Metropolitan College
City Planning and Urban Affairs

Fall 2015 registration is open.

MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs programs are led by professional faculty dedicated to the education of future leaders, practitioners, and innovators in city planning, public policy and urban development. Faculty are committed to providing an education that is accessible, flexible, global in outlook, dedicated to environmental preservation, and grounded in cutting-edge practices and field research.

The Master of City Planning (MCP) prepares students for a variety of professional urban and regional development planning roles. This degree program emphasizes a theoretical and methodological core common to the numerous specializations within the urban and regional planning field, as well as coursework geared toward several career options. The core of required courses provides training in analytical and evaluative skills, application of those skills to urban and regional public policy problems, and preparation of proposals for action.

The Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) is designed for students seeking a broad background in urban public policy, community development and service delivery, and the administration of public and private agencies in urban settings. Graduates are prepared for careers in which they assemble and analyze information for policy-making, identify community needs and resources, and administer effective service delivery programs. These tasks are common to public, private, and voluntary organizations in a wide variety of urban functions, such as housing, health services, economic development, transportation, and environment control.

The four-course Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability is a unique, interdisciplinary look at what it takes to make urban and economic development compatible with the natural environment.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban Affairs prepares students for further study and jobs in urban public policy, community development and service delivery, and the administration of public and private agencies in urban settings.

Classes start September 2, 2015.

For more information, visit or call 1+617-358-3264.


Urban Placemaking & Management: A new masters / post-professional program in Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development: 

M.S. City & Regional Planning | M.S.Construction & Facilities Management |  M.S.Historic Preservation | M.S.Sustainable Environmental Systems |M.S.Urban Placemaking & Management

This fall 2015 semester, Pratt Institute is launching Urban Placemaking and Management as the first graduate program of its kind in the U.S.  In the past twelve years there has been a paradigm shift in thinking about planning and urban design, from a primary focus on buildings to a focus on the spaces between buildings—“public space.”  Rather than allowing these spaces to be formed as an afterthought of zoning and building design, “placemaking” sees the creation of successful public spaces as the starting point, which in turn dictates the siting and design of other components of the urban fabric. The Masters of Science (MS) in Urban Placemaking & Management (UPM) prepares professionals for this rapidly growing field.

The program is aimed at students with professionally oriented undergraduate education, professional degrees, or professional experience in architecture, engineering, environmental, landscape design, urban planning and related studies.  Students gain a broad theoretical knowledge of the historical, political, and social frameworks with which to conceptualize the public realm, while developing skills to analyze urban space and its relationship to both public policy and private development. The required “core” seminars are structured around four academic knowledge streams: (1) Design and Infrastructure; (2) Economics; (3) Planning and Policy; and (4) Management.  Through studios and internships, students further gain practical understanding of the planning, design and management of public space, including the integration of the principles of sustainability into public space development.

Thanks to the UPM’s participation in the Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development, students can freely take their electives in the City & Regional Planning, Sustainable Environmental Systems, Historic Preservation, and Facility Management programs, in addition to the UPM.  At 40 credits (30-credits if post professional), the UPM program equips students to qualify for employment in a range of institutional, governmental, non-profit, and private sector settings. The UPM program offers flexibility to students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in three areas of focus, each corresponding to an area of employment for placemakers:

•    Community-Based Design

•    Parks, Open Space, and Green Infrastructure

•    Transportation and Main Street Management 

MSc Urban Design
Anglia Ruskin University

Develop your own unique approach to urban design, work with industry leaders to solve real-world urban design problems and experience design in action with study visits to key projects throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. If you have a background in architecture, landscape design, real estate, geography, surveying or transport, studying with us is the next step in your career success.

Located just 30 minutes from London, Anglia Ruskin University is home to some of the most highly rated engineering and built environment courses in the United Kingdom. As a student of urban design you’ll have access to a wide range of specialist facilities to build your portfolio. These include our architecture studios, AutoCAD suites and a model-making workshop where you can transfer your designs from concept to reality.

Our one-year Masters course in Urban Design has been created to meet the Urban Design Group’s criteria to become a “Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design”. You can start your studies in January or September 2015. To find out more and apply visit our website or email us to speak directly to one of our course leaders.


MSc and DPhil (PhD) in Sustainable Urban Development
Part-time professional development
University of Oxford
Application deadlines: 23 January 2015


Oxford’s interdisciplinary Sustainable Urban Development Programme offers part-time professional development opportunities with the flagship MSc and newly launched DPhil.

MSc in Sustainable Urban Development

The MSc is designed for busy professionals worldwide at all stages in their career that are seeking meaningful and relevant academic training in a global context. It is taught part-time across eight intensive teaching weeks over two years, fostering independent learning and building towards a final dissertation project.

Combining industry and academic expertise the course involves a unique, cross-disciplinary collaboration between leading University of Oxford scholars and industry practitioners, and is delivered in partnership with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

DPhil (PhD) in Sustainable Urban Development

Launched in 2014, the new DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development presents opportunities to engage with cutting-edge Oxford researchers, and to follow the rapidly evolving challenges of urbanism and sustainable development to an advanced level.

This exciting new opportunity will appeal to urban leaders and decision-makers that will have gained a first rate MBA, LLM, MSc or other higher degree in a related field, that desire fresh analysis, expertise and insight to channel back into innovative practice.

Key Faculty

Dr Idalina Baptista, lecturer. Idalina’s research focuses on the theoretical and practical challenges of contemporary urban governance through transnational comparative fieldwork in Southern Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Dr David Howard, MSc Course Director. David’s is principal research has concentrated on the contemporary urban societies of the Caribbean and Latin America, with a specific focus on urban livelihoods, social sustainability and identity politics.

Dr Johanna Waters, DPhil (PhD) Course Director. Johanna’s research interests include international and transnational population migration (particularly in the Asia-Pacific Region), international education and student mobilities.


The Programme attracts professionals across sectors in architecture, business and finance, higher education, engineering, energy, environmental law, land economy and management, planning, property development, surveying and transport. Such an energetic and diverse group offers an added dimension to learning as students enrich their professional development through knowledge-sharing and networking.


The Programme currently offers a Full Fee Scholarship to an outstanding MSc candidate able to present a consistent record of both academic and professional excellence.

A range of other University and college scholarships are usually available to MSc and DPhil students across Oxford. Past students have also been awarded Oxford’s prestigious Clarendon Fund scholarship. In order to be considered for Programme funding, applications must be received by 23 January 2015.

Visit for further information and how to apply.

Contact us on and +44 (0)1865 286951 to find out more.


Master’s programme in Urbanism Studies

Royal Institute of Technology
University in Stockholm, Sweden

This one-year Master’s program is aimed at urban professionals from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and city planning who are specifically concerned with design issues of the public realm and the effects these have on social life and human behaviour. Our focus is to deepen theoretical and design knowledge, changing the mindset of professionals regarding the importance and value of the public realm in the design of our cities.

The program consists of two semesters (terms) or four periods of studio and (module) course work. The final thesis project is integrated with ongoing seminar reading series and urban film studies.

The Program will feature top Swedish Faculty and Guest Faculty from ETH Zürich, CED at UC Berkeley, UCL Bartlett in London and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

The Master’s program in Urbanism Studies offers one competitive - nominative fellowship and three scholarship tuition waivers to support students’ academic pursuits.

Specific admission requirements

A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the field of architecture (B.Arch. or M.Arch.), landscape architecture (B.L.A. or M.L.A.) and urban design and/or city planning (M.C.P., M.U.P.)

The deadline for applying to KTH Master’s programs starting in August 2015 is 15 January 2015.


MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies
London School of Economics & Political Science

Shape your future here

  • Study on an outstanding one-year taught programme that takes an interdisciplinary approach to urban planning;
  • Gain insights into leading edge social science research as it is applied to cities and regions;
  • Learn from current planning controversies and practice through a programme of study visits and visiting practitioners

The MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies is an internationally renowned programme with a proud track record of student development. Our graduates become leaders in planning, architecture, property development, real estate, NGOs and international organisations. We offer professional accreditation via the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and have a vibrant and active LinkedIn group exclusively for current students and alumni.

LSE’s Geography & Environment department is a centre of academic excellence. With world-leading academics and excellent career prospects for graduates, taking one of our courses is a decision that will shape your future.

For information on studying a leading programme, in an outstanding university, in one of the world’s great cities, visit us on Facebook or our website:

For information about fees, funding and application deadlines, visit the LSE graduate admissions pages:

Double Master’s Degree in Urban Policy
Sciences-Po, Paris and the London School of Economics & Political Science

Training tomorrow’s leaders in Urban Policy

Sciences Po and LSE have decided to bring their reputations and the quality of their teaching together to offer an unrivalled double master's degree in Urban Policy to selected French and international students with undergraduate degrees.

This two-year programme aims to train young professionals who wish to work in urban and regional policy-making while providing a European and international approach to the issues.

Some twenty French and international students will carry out their first year on the Sciences Po Master in Stratégies territoriales et urbaines (STU) and their second year at LSE in Urban Policy.

Spanning a wide range of disciplines, including public management, economic development, urbanisation, project management, urban social analysis, and planning, the programme enables students to develop an understanding of the political, economic and social issues raised by contemporary urbanisation, at local and international level. Ultimately, this unique double degree provides students with the tools needed to become leaders in the field of urban policy.

For information about fees, funding and application deadlines, visit admissions pages:

MSc Urbanisation and Development
London School of Economics and Political Science

A joint MSc degree on the dynamics and challenges of urbanisation and cities in developing countries at the world’s leading social science institution

  • Cutting-edge courses taught by experts with extensive field experience from two departments - Geography and Environment, and International Development.
  • Research-driven, conceptual, policy-oriented
  • International student body from diverse academic and professional backgrounds
  • Full-time (one year) or part-time (two years), starting October

The MSc Urbanisation and Development at LSE is uniquely placed to offer students critical insights into the world’s urban future from the perspective of the Global South, where almost all urban growth is now concentrated. Students with academic and professional expertise from around the globe benefit from both their experience on the degree and the numerous opportunities attached to studying at a world centre of academic excellence in the heart of London, including a high profile public lecture programme, international student societies and networks, and a proactive professional careers service.

Many MSc Urbanisation and Development graduates proceed to urban and/or development-related careers in international agencies, government departments, and NGOs. Others continue to further study, including at the LSE itself, where outstanding students wishing to pursue a PhD in the Department of Geography and Environment can apply free of charge, and are also considered for LSE and ESRC scholarships.

On-going and cross-cohort links among staff and students are exceptionally strong, not only via Facebook and LinkedIn, but through the Global Urbanist, an online forum for news and analysis of cities around the world.

For full details of the programme please consult our website. For information about applications and fees visit LSE Graduate Admissions.

Apply at the earliest opportunity


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