Urban Ecological Planning

Urban Ecological Planning

Urban Ecological Planning (Master's Programme)


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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 focusses on participatory, inclusive, and developmental planning practice, and has an interdisciplinary approach to strategic spatial change.  

Urban planners are responsible for creating and implementing plans that guide the growth and development of urban areas, and they play a critical role in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time, such as affordable housing, sustainable transportation, and climate change. As global challenges such as migration, conflict and extreme climate events caused by climate change increasingly affect urban dwellers, urban planning will have to address these uncertainties, while at the same time ensuring inclusive and positive change that leaves no one behind. The UEP program will equip you to bridge the cross disciplinary knowledge required to work with strategic spatial change in the context of increasing inequality, uncertainty and stretched/ limited institutional capacity.

The UEP program focuses on the complex interdependence between people, institutions, and the built environment in pursuit of equity, efficiency, and sustainability.

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Our past international students have been successfully employed in various places across the globe and in Norway. Many are university teachers, researchers, consultants or development professionals in both NGOs and government service. Others are active as experts in the private industry related to urban development.

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Trondheim is known for its great student environment and has been named Norway's best student city. Whatever you like to do in your spare time, you will definitely find something to do in Trondheim. In addition to free-time activities, every semester UEP organises workshops, trips, and other events related to the study program.

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The program is divided into four semesters, each totalling in 30 ECTS. The study plan is structured in terms of obligatory courses, electives, and fieldworks. 

  • In the first semester, you attend an obligatory fieldwork, undertaken by the whole class in an urban context relevant to the program. Complementary obligatory courses help to improve your understanding of urban ecological planning concepts and theories, learning methods for participatory planning, and strengthen your research skills.  
  • The second and third semester are composed of theory classes and electives. 
  • During the third semester, the main concepts necessary for writing a master’s thesis are introduced.  
  • Finally, the second fieldwork or an internship is undertaken individually during the fourth semester, forming the basis for your master’s thesis. The thesis is written in the last semester of the program and counts for 30 ECTS. 

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There are different programme requirements relative to different student groups.

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