This Master programme in Urban and Regional Planning has been awarded with the Association of European Schools of Planning’s Certificate of Quality.
The Town and Regional Planning Department (DUyOT) is part of the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM). ETSAM is a public institution and the most renowned Architecture School in Spain. DUyOT is a leading department in the field of town planning and urban studies in Spain, with over 30 years of activity. It has been actively involved as a major consultant in lots of urban projects from regional and metropolitan planning to urban design and analysis in the main Spanish cities.
DUyOT’s Master and PhD programs have had excellent international reception for more than three decades. The current Master program was launched in 2009 and is one of UPM’s most popular graduate programs.
What makes the diference in our programme
- Holistic nature of the Program: Its teaching and curricular structure, in both Academic areas of expertise (Urban Studies and Urban Planning), makes our Master the only Spanish postgraduate program combining theoretical and practical techniques.
- Commitment with Sustainable Development: The long-run dimension of the different Research Groups and the subjects of the program make our Master a leader in the field of sustainable urban and regional planning.
- Emphasis on Urban Studies and Research: Our program has a powerful feed-back coming from the large number of PhD students in the Department as well as from the different I+D+i Projects carried out by the different Research Groups hosted in the Department.
- Commitment with Public Sector. Our principles in this way can be summarized as: “Defending the community interests – without harming the legitimate private rights – against those individual actions which endanger the urban and regional sustainability”.
- Engagement with Local Administration and Public Sector: One of our priorities is a close cooperation with Local Government and Municipalities in order to choose the Study Cases towns for the Master´s Planning Workshop. In this way, we are decided to strengthen relations between University and those Local Public Institutions related to Regional Planning.
- A wide international projection. In addition to the consolidated prestige of The ETSAM, we run several international agreements with visiting and Erasmus students which constitutes a productive synergy between our School and other European and American Schools.
The master´s main goal is to qualify urbanism professionals in two different ways according to the two Academic Areas of Expertise which can be followed: Urban Studies or Urban Planning.
In both cases our graduates will be highly competent to give solutions or evaluate decisions referred to urban policies as well as to act as inestimable analysts of current urban phenomena which are taking place in our cities (gentrification, gender issues, complexity, sustainability, prospective planning, etc.). We have noticed that alumni of our program are incorporated into urban and regional committees playing a remarkable role in the development of urban policies in their cities, not only as political urban advisors but also as town and regional planners (mainly those graduates from Urban Planning modality). Additionally, other graduates (those from Urban Studies) develop a research career being actively involved in urban research carried out in their respective native universities, and starting successful academic careers (especially in Latin America). Many of them may also continue in our PhD programme.
Scientific skills are mainly provided to students in the area of Urban Studies. The main objective for this modality is to supply the students the basic knowledge to allow them to understand and analyse the current urban phenomena which operates in the contemporary city. This modality meets the requirements for being considered as a research learning period for candidates to access the department’s PhD programme.
Professional skills are mainly related to the area of Urban Planning. This route offers the legal framework and the practical tools required for a competent exercising of the professional practise. The Master practices always take place in medium-size Spanish towns, choosing a different city each year. The students travel to these cities and are received by local government authorities, who are also invited to join the Master´s activities. The main purpose of this methodology is to prepare the students in order to fill professional job demands not only by the Public Administration but for the private sector.
The course starts in September and lasts until July. It has two semesters (Autumn: from September until December and Spring from January until July). The courses are organised in tree units.
Unit A: Specific Training in Urban Aspects
Minimum of credits required for Urban Studies Students: 9-12 ECTS
Minimum of credits required for Urban Planning Students: 12-18 ECTS
Unit B: Specific Training in Urban Studies and Research
Minimum of credits required for Urban Studies Students: 48-51 ECTS
Minimum of credits required for Urban Planning Students: 3-9 ECTS
Unit C: Specific Training in Regional Planning
Credits to pass for Urban Planning Students 39 ECTS
This unit is not available for Urban Studies Modality
Total Number of credits required for fullfilling the Master: 60 ECTS (for both Urban Studies and Urban Planning)
Title to obtain (Single Degree): Official Master´s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
Our Master is based in a face-to-face class attendance for the students in order to provide a rigorous teaching. Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the lessons in each subject for avoiding the final exam at the end of the semester. The ordinary lessons will be combined with Master Lessons given by visiting professors, foreign PhD researchers or even Ad Honorem professors of the Department. As subjects measured by ECTS credits, an important load of each subject must be done by the students at home or in the school’s premises. This aspect allows the students to get involved with the University research resources (Library, Archive or research Cabinets). There are also some days in the semester schedule for tutorials, which play an important role to strength the relationship between students and professors. Spanish language knowledge is compulsory.
Quality Certifications of the Programme
ANECA National Teaching Quality Certification (Accreditation provided by the National Agency for Quality Evaluation and Certification). In july 2016, the programme has achieved the renovation for this Quality Certification till 2020. (In Spain all the Official programmes has to be evaluated by the Education Ministry, every 5 years). This programme has passed with honours the last renovation in July. (link)
The Department was also evaluated, as part of our School, for getting the NAAB (National Architecture Accreditation Board). Which was conceeded in February 2015. (Link)
Since January 2016, this Master programme is highly distinguished with the AESOP Certificate of Quality (link). With this certification of Excellence in education, AESOP recognizes that the programme fulfils the European quality standards of planning programmes according to the AESOP Charter, complemented by an effective internationalization of teaching and learning processes.
European and International dimension in teaching
In many of the Master´s subjects international planning is reviewed and studied as a basic framework reference. For example, the subject: “Towards a more sustainable city” analyses the best urban practices in Latin America and the Caribbean awarded by the UN-Habitat Program. On the other hand, paradigmatic urban cases from North America are covered in other subjects like “Urban layout and structure”, “transport and mobility” or “projecting a complex city”. European spatial planning plays a prior role in the Master´s Programme. Both historic and recent projects constitute a relevant matter of study and many subjects offer a huge panorama like “Urban layout and structure” (Netherlands, England, France, etc.) “Environmental planning” (European Eco-cities) or “Projecting a complex city” (Germany, Italy, France, etc.). Frequent visiting lecturers from foreign countries (visiting professors or PhD researchers) also complete and boost the spectrum of International Case Studies.
Several international workshops have been organized in recent years:
- Parallel Workshop with MIT (USA) / Madrid-Boston / 2012 Spring Semester: from January till July / 20 students from Madrid and about 20 from MIT.
- Parallel Workshop with UCL Bartlett (UK) / Madrid-London / 2012 and 2013 Spring Semesters: from January till July / 20 students from Madrid and about 20 from UCL Bartlett.
- Urban Planning in Time of Crisis with Weimar Bauhaus Universitat (DEU) / Weimar-Madrid / 2013 Autumn semester: from September till December / 20 students from each University
- Workshop with München Technische Universitaat (MTU)/ 2014 Autumn Semester/ 20 students from Madrid and about 20 from München.
- Parallel Workshop with Kingston University (UK) / Madrid-London / 2015 Spring Semester: from January till May / 15 students from Madrid and about 15 from UCL Bartlett.