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International master's programme

Urban Ecological Planning / Urban Development and Resilience

About the programme

This Master's degree programme addresses the two core challenges facing fast-growing towns and cities: making development sustainable, and creating resilient societies that withstand the threats from climate change and disaster.

The programme provides a strong link to practice and seeks to challenge urban practitioners from all backgrounds, with an underpinning ethos that the best approaches begin with people themselves.  

Note: the programme’s name is currently changing, wherein (subject to final ratification) the programme will be known from 2015 as Urban Development and Resilience. The name change reflects the addition of new courses which build on the programme’s core values and approaches.


Application deadline is 15 January for international students, and 15 of April for a Norwegian/Nordic citizen. Information on eligibility and process.

Job prospects

Past students are currently successfully placed in various profiles across the globe. Many go on to become development professionals both in NGOs and government service, while others pursue careers in academia and the private sector.

Course description

The programme runs for two years. It consists of four semesters and two fieldworks during the studies.


On admissions and administrative matters:
Erik Sigvaldsen

For academic matters:
Rolee Aranya
David Sanderson

Contact information:
Academic staff

Facts about the programme

Degree level: Master
Restricted admission: Yes
Application deadline: 15 January / 15 April (Norwegian applicants)
Information on how to apply
Faculty: Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art
Department: Department of Urban Design and Planning
Validity of information: 2015