Last edit: 25/05/2016
Approved: 25/05/2016

The Masters programme Sustainable Urban Transitions counts 120 hp and consists of three terms of coursework and one term for the degree project, together 2 years. The course­work encompasses a combination of theoretical courses, exercises, projects and studios that aim at providing students with knowledge and skills in the field of sustainable urban development and planning. All courses in the programme are at advanced (2nd cycle) level. The language of instruction is English.

The Nordic Master program Sustainable Urban Transitions is a joint two-year Master‘s program that is offered by Aalto University, Chalmers University of Technology (CTH), Technical Uni­ver­sity of Den­mark (DTU), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The program covers five tracks:

- Human Oriented Urban Transitions (Aalto University and CTH)

- Area Based Urban Transitions (CTH, Aalto University and NTNU)

- Urban Ecology (NTNU, CTH and Aalto University)

- Transition of Urban Structures – TRUST (NTNU, KTH and DTU)

- Urban Regional Transitions – UR Trans (KTH, Aalto University and DTU)

Urban Regional Transitions (UR Trans) addresses urban regional interactions as a means for urban development at the local and regional level. Regions as an object for planning are becoming more important, not only to strengthen the region but also to support the individual cities within the region. However, the regions’ significance and focus in planning differ from case to case. In a global context, major metropolitan regions (e.g. London, Shanghai, New York, Singapore, and Dubai) are competing with each other in creating favourable conditions for business and industries. On the other hand, regional development is often discussed at the European and national level, as part of a strategy to counteract the impacts of depopulation, unemploy­ment and the lack of services in rural areas. A core issue in this track is to equip students with a deeper understanding of alternative strategies for creating competitive sustain­able urban regions. This requires collaborative efforts to offer an attractive environ­ment for living and economic activities. Through the integration of culture, education and retail, and by effective transportation net­works, these regions cater diversified services for their residents and generate synergies which can attract new investments to the region. However, being successful at the regional level also requires achievements at the local level to create living conditions that allow sustainable socio-ecological development.

Transition of Urban Structures (TRUST) refers to the challenges of sustainable urban development. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the urban environment and citizen’s living conditions, the urban structure including the infrastructure, land use and transporta­tion pattern must be reconsidered. A great challenge to urban development is to design the urban structure in a way that reduces the cities’ ecological footprint. This requires a long-term change of urban structures to facilitate a future development which focuses on existing building zones which need to be converted and densified without compromising existing qualities of the city. This involves that city reconstruction will be the future predominant way to build a city, where development of a city's land use, transportation system and infrastructure will require relocation of the businesses in town.