Urban Ecological Planning

Master's degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Urban Ecological Planning


  • Picture of a floating house

  • Street photo from Africa

  • Picture from India  

  • Clearing up rubble and stone with a excavator.

  • People gathering - Africa

  • Street photo - Africa.

Welcome to study start at NTNU

Welcome to study start at NTNU

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to study start. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemi, this year's matriculation ceremony will be organized digitally.   

We want everyone to get off to a good start and be part of the student community at NTNU, even if you have to follow the lectures digitally the first semester from your home country.

More information on this year's matriculation ceremony is found here.

Our faculty welcome ceremony for new international students will be organized digitally.


Hours: 13:00-14:00 (CEST)

  • The Dean's welcome speech
  • Vice Dean for education presents our study programs
  • presentation of the student society and the student mentors.

The link for the ceremoy will be published here! 

NTNU organises an orientation programme for new international students every August and January. The orientation activities for international students will be online on this page.

The Office of International Relations will organise online information meetings and Q&As. These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

This is an excellent way for you to get to know NTNU.  We strongly encourage all new international students to attend. 

More information will be published as soon as it is available. You will also receive further information by email closer to the date.


Wednesday 12 August:

  • 09:15-10:00: UEP welcome session for first and second year students on zoom. 

Thursday 13 August:

  • 09:15-10:00: Welcome to UEP for first year students on zoom and on campus. Presentation of staff.
  • 10:15-12:00: Personal introduction of first and second year UEP students on zoom and on campus. 
  • Links will be provided and information about location will be announced as soon as this is ready.

Checklist and manage your stay

For new international students, this is what you need to do to get started as a student:

Checklist for new international students

How to learn norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Exchange students can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend-excursion to nearby mountains.

Course timetables - If  there is no timetable, please contact the department responsible for the course.

Aboute the programme

About the programme

Urban Ecological Planning (UEP) is a practice based program that enables students to develop skills and knowledge to address complex urban issues in rapidly changing social, cultural, political and environmental contexts. The program stresses on an integrated approach to strategic spatial change, with a specific focus on participatory, inclusive and developmental planning practice.

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.



Admission is open to both Norwegian and International students. 

Job prospects

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.

Programme components

Programme components

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



On admissions and administrative matters:

For academic matters:
Peter Gotsch

Contact information:
Academic staff

Programme facts

Programme facts

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSA1
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Faculty of Architecture and Design

City: Trondheim

This information is relevant for the present academic year.

How to apply

Questions about your international master's application?

Questions about your international master's application?

Having trouble with your online application for our international Master's of Science programmes? Wondering when the deadlines are, or what kind of language requirements to be fulfilled? We have answered all these questions and more in our FAQs.

Krysspublisert! IKKE rør! Application deadlines

Digital lectures for the first semesterMore Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU.

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2019

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2020

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2020

Admission August 2021: The application portal will open in October for non-EU students

 Please see our FAQ
Group for EU applicants
Group for non-EU applicants