Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences

Admission Requirements

Enrolling for this study plan is possible after having obtained one of the following degrees:

Academic Bachelor's programme agogische wetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme architectuur
Academic Bachelor's programme communicatiewetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme criminologische wetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme economische wetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme geografie
Academic Bachelor's programme geschiedenis
Academic Bachelor's programme ingenieurswetenschappen: architectuur
Academic Bachelor's programme politieke wetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme sociologie
Academic Bachelor's programme taal- en letterkunde
Academic Bachelor's programme toegepaste economische wetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme toegepaste economische wetenschappen: handelsingenieur
AANBEVELINGSBRIEF / LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION 1
AANBEVELINGSBRIEF / LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION 2
MOTIVATIEBRIEF / LETTER OF MOTIVATION
PUNTENLIJST / TRANSCRIPTS (NIET VOOR VLAAMSE DIPLOMA'S)

Overview of the study plan

The Master of Science in Urban Studies programme, known as 4Cities is an interuniversitary joint master of two years. Students take part in an interdisciplinary programme in four cities-Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid- yet six different universities. Students live in each of the cities for about one semester, the mobility of the students is fixed and sequantially organised through modules in each of the universities, the whole cohort of students start in the same sequence of the curriculum. The master includes 4 modules of 30, 20, 20 and 20 ECTS-credits. The 30 ECTS-credits of the master's thesis brings the total amount of ECTS-credits for the master programme to 120 ECTS-credits. In each city the programme consists of: academic courses, fieldwork, excursions & visits, exams.
The master thesis is with supervision and tutoring at each university.
The application and selection procedure for this joint master is centrally organised by the 4Cities Academic board. Inscription directly through VUB is impossible.

In total, this academic plan comprises 120 ECTS credits.


BRUSSELS: Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Université Libre de Bruxelles

The programme starts in Brussels with courses organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles with three courses at each university for a total of 30 ECTS-credits. All courses are mandatory and to be taken in the first semester of the first year.

To complete this module, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.

1.1.VUB courses

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 of the model trajectory.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.

6ECTS credits - Geographies of a Globalizing Europe
6ECTS credits - Urban Social Geography
3ECTS credits - Urban Analysis I

1.2. ULB courses

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 1 of the model trajectory.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.

5ECTS credits - Urban Sociology
5ECTS credits - Urban Economic Geography
5ECTS credits - Urban Analysis II

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VIENNA: Universität Wien

4Cities student move in the second semester of the first year to the next university in Vienna and will follow the mandatory module of in total 20 ECTS-credits. These courses can only be taken in the second semester of the first year of the Masters programme.

To complete this module, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.

4ECTS credits - Demography of European Cities
4ECTS credits - Principles of Urban Planning and Urbanism
4ECTS credits - Contemporary Problems in Urban Development
4ECTS credits - Urban Analysis III
4ECTS credits - Urban Development and Planning in Eastern Europe

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COPENHAGEN: KØbenhavns Universitet

The second year of the Master in Urban Studies starts with a mandatory semester in Copenhagen where the curriculum is organised by the KØbenhavns Universitet. The start of the semester is the beginning of September in Copenhagen. These courses can only be taken in the first semester of the second year of the Master's Programme.

To complete this module, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.

8ECTS credits - Urbanism and Architecture
8ECTS credits - Urban Culture & Cultural Theory
4ECTS credits - Urban Analysis IV

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MADRID: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The second semester of this second year consists of a semester in Madrid. The curriculum is organised by two universities Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

To complete this module, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.

4.1 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 2 of the model trajectory.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.

10ECTS credits - The Sustainable and Livable City

4.2 Universidad Complutense de Madrid

These courses are envisioned to be part of year 2 of the model trajectory.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.

10ECTS credits - Governance and Local Welfare

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Master thesis

The topic of the master thesis is chosen by the students. Students can only register for the Master Thesis in the second year of the Masters. However the curriculum foresees in each university an intensive preparation and guidance of the thesis in the first and second year.

To complete this module, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 30 ECTS credits.

30ECTS credits - Masters Thesis Urban Studies

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