The core of the Urban Studies curriculum is our signature urban research studio, in which you will analyze and participate in actual urban situations through a combination of desk research, field work, and multi-sited interventions. It differs from an architecture/urban design studio in that we approach design as a practice that is inextricable from and determined by social, political and economic fields. The research studio allows for different outcome formats, such as essays/written reports, installations and happenings.

Additionally the curriculum consists of lecture courses, seminars, a design studio, thematic workshops and skill-based training sessions. Occassionally we organize a master class, and we do not shy from experimental teaching methods, such as reading retreats.

The curriculum combines individual and group study. You will be studying in a small group of no more than twelve students and will be supported by regular consultations with the faculty.

The program consists of 120 ECTS divided in four semesters.  

Semester 1

  • Studio 1: Urbanization (8 ECTS)
  • Urban History and Theory (6 ECTS)
  • Art and The City (4 ECTS)
  • Debates in Planning (2 ECTS)
  • Drawing (1 ECTS)
  • Urban Geography (2 ECTS)
  • Model Making (1 ECTS)
  • Computer Software (1 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Studio 2: Urban Futures (8 ECTS)
  • Urban Ethnography (4 ECTS)
  • Urban Models (4 ECTS)
  • Housing: Design and Politics (3 ECTS)
  • Urban Tourism and Consumption (2 ECTS)

Semester 3

  • Urban Design Studio (8 ECTS)
  • Studio 3: Production of Urban Space (8 ECTS)
  • Urban History and Theory 2 (3 ECTS)
  • Master’s Thesis Seminar (5 ECTS)
  • Contesting the City (2 ECTS)
  • Observing the City (1 ECTS)
  • Practice (1 ECTS)

Semester 4

  • Master’s Thesis Studio (30 ECTS)

Additionally, you will collect 15 ECTS in general subjects.

EKA Urban Studies MSc programme’s Online Open House

EKA Urban Studies MSc programme invites prospective masters students to join the programme’s Online Open House on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 17:00 (GMT+2). This will be a good opportunity to hear more about the programme, and to meet and ...