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Urbanism degrees abroad

Urbanism is the study of how people interact with their built environments. It explores how towns and cities around the world have been designed and constructed throughout history, and how they have been rejuvenated to meet the needs of their inhabitants.

Urbanism blends elements of sociology, architecture, urban design, and urban policy to form an interesting interdisciplinary subject. You’ll explore key theories, concepts, and philosophies behind urban development, and consider how historical and cultural contexts influence the planning and building of urban spaces. The knowledge you’ll gain will prepare you for a successful career in the built environment sector.

It’s impossible to truly understand how successful cities are planned, built, used, and managed without visiting them and immersing yourself in the infrastructure. Studying in a foreign city is a fantastic way to gain a global appreciation of urbanism, make professional connections, and improve your employability.

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Urbanism program structure

Urbanism is a relatively new subject that is typically studied as a postgraduate master’s degree. An MSc usually takes one year to complete if you’re studying on a full-time basis, or two years if you’re studying part-time. Most universities will ask that you already have a bachelor’s degree in a related subject area, like architecture or engineering, although this isn’t always a requirement.

There are some undergraduate urbanism courses to choose from, but they’re less common. You’ll study over three or four years, depending on your university and whether or not you undertake a placement year.

If you decide to study in the US, urbanism will be your major. Undergraduate courses in the US take four years to finish. You’ll spend the first half of your degree working on your general education, before focusing entirely on urbanism-specific modules in the second half of the course.

Once you’ve completed a bachelor’s and a master’s, you could study for a PhD. This advanced research degree usually takes between four and seven years to complete.

Most urbanism programs are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, and practical studio work. Some universities will also arrange for industry experts to deliver guest presentations.

It’s important to bear in mind that your country and city of choice will influence the kind of content you cover on your program. However, most urbanism courses will include these key topics:

  • Contemporary urban design
  • Urban design history
  • Urban theory
  • Sustainability
  • Transport policy and planning
  • Urban economics and politics
  • Cities and the environment
  • The representation of cities

Types of urbanism degrees

Urbanism study abroad programs

Urbanism undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in urbanism

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    Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism - BDA The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,549 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,838 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Urban and Community Studies (Hartford Campus) - BA University of Connecticut (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,000 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Urban and Intercultural Ministry - BA (Hons) Redeemer University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,567 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Urban and Metropolitan Studies (Downtown Phoenix Campus) - BSc Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,760 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Urban and Regional Studies - BA University of Lethbridge, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,465 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,304 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in urbanism

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    Urban and Regional Planning Technician: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - OCDip Mohawk College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,808 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,645 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Urbanism graduate programs

Master's in urbanism

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    Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism - MArch University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Social Global, Urban & Social Studies - MSocSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,553 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,680 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Urban and Regional Studies - MA University of Lethbridge, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,313 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,208 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Doctorate in urbanism

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    Global, Urban & Social Studies - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,553 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,680 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Future urbanism careers

Rates of urbanization across the globe are continuing to rise. As such, developing safe and sustainable cities is a priority for many countries. Your degree will equip you with the skills needed to excel in any of the following jobs:

  • Urban designer
  • Environmental manager
  • Housing officer
  • Transport planner
  • Landscape architect
  • Urban sustainability consultant
  • Lecturer
  • Researcher

It’s important to demonstrate a real passion for your field and to keep up to date with any developments in the sector. One of the best ways of doing this is to undertake some work experience or an internship at a relevant company or organization. Your university’s career service can help you source and apply for these opportunities.