Educational Program

The European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) is a joint program that aims to produce highly qualified, university trained urban designers, physical planners and researchers. The EMU program brings together the strengths and richness of different design approaches and methods, and the long traditions and experiences in urban planning and design of each of the participating universities.

The master course is design oriented and affirms the role of design in the knowledge process, while integrating different levels of scale. Learning by doing, research by design, and the project as knowledge producer constitute the key concerns and standpoints of this European postgraduate master’s degree.


The programme relies upon a series of steps in the design process common design approaches – the main operations through which research/design can be configured as knowledge producer.
• Research/design through Description
• Research/design through Conceptualization
• Research/design through Technical Interventions
• Research/design through Strategies and Scenarios

The consortium offers a two-year postgraduate master programme (120 ECTS), consisting of three core modules (30 credits/semester) and one module for a final research / design project (30 credits). Course participants must fulfill a minimum of two semesters at their host institution (the final/thesis semester must be completed at the host institution). A minimum of one semester or a maximum of two semesters should be completed at other institutions within the consortium.
The courses are conducted in English, although Spanish will be used in UPC Barcelona.


The program is conducted at four universities:

UPC Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
TUD Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
KUL Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
IUAV Universita IUAV di Venezia, Venezia, Italy