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New Master Programme in Spatial Development  in English
Specialization: Urbanism

In the summer semester 2020/2021, the Faculty of Architecture will open the Master program in Spatial Development, with the specialization in URBANISM taught entirely in English.

We deliver comprehensive planning education at the Masters's level, with a particular focus on cities, their territorial environment, and their transformation. Our approach is design-oriented with a solid theoretical background. The issues of urban, regional, and transboundary planning, strategic planning, urban regeneration, new planning tools are also included in the program.

Our graduates are prepared to work in planning offices and agencies, both public and private, across Poland and other European countries and beyond (eg. the US), public administrations at every level (local, regional, national and European); they can advise investment banks, developers, local communities and civic society organization; they are able to act as experts in consulting and development companies; they are also prepared to work for the EU institutions.

We run the entire program in English (3 semesters, 90 ECTS). Our full-time program which starts in the summer semester (February-July) is open to students who graduated at the first level in Architecture, Urbanism, Spatial Planning, Urban Studies, Human Geography, and any other similar program, that offers knowledge on territorial issues at different scales. The students can hold any citizenship (including Polish).

The Gdańsk University of Technology is the second-best research university in Poland, which guarantees the highest standards in teaching and research. More about the university can be found here.

Faculty of Architecture, Gdańsk Tech,  is the leading academic institution in Poland that offers studies in Architecture and Spatial Development in English. More about the studies in English can be found here.

Our Spatial Development program is the only one in Poland that specializes in urbanism.

Our academic staff has wide practical and academic experience in Poland and abroad and is able to guide the students through contemporary spatial development and urbanism issues, tackling both practical problems and theories.

We collaborate with many European and global universities within the framework of Erasmus Plus; we exchange experience with Polish universities. We do have also wide international cooperation with universities all over the world: among others US, Canada, Brasil, countries in Africa, Asia especially in China, and Australia.  We offer lectures given by our experienced faculty as well as visiting professors from abroad. We organized international planning workshops and summer schools and invite students to participate in the activities of the Society of Polish Town Planners.

The fact that the Faculty of Architecture is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and the European Council of Spatial Planners-Conseil européen des Urbanistes (ECTP-CEU) underlines its strong European-wide connections. The Faculty enjoys also a wide global professional network within the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and holds joint projects with renowned American universities, especially with MIT.

For the academic year, 2020/2021for Spatial Development studies in English max 30 students will be accepted. The program will commence on the 22nd of February 2021.

The online recruitment:
- for non-Polish citizens the online registration is open from 2nd November 2020 till 14th December 2020;
the full schedule for the summer semester 2020/2021 recruitment process can be found here;
- for Polish citizens the online registration will start on 9th January 2021

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New Master Programme in Spatial Development in English
Specialisation: Urbanism

(L=lecture; Lab=computer lab; PS=project/design studio; C=classes; S=seminar)

1st semester (begins in February, 15 weeks of classes, followed by 3 weeks of the exam
  • Urban Development Planning (L:30f, C:45h, PS:75h):

Introduction to Urban Development Planning (L:15h, C:15h), 3 ECTS
Comprehensive Urban Planning: Theory and Practice (L:15, C:15h, PS:30h), 6 ECTS
Local Planning (C:15h, PS:45h), 5 ECTS

  • Socio-economic foundations of spatial planning and management (L:45h, C:30h):

Systems Theory (L:15h), 2 ECTS
Environment Protection and Sustainable Development (L:15h. C:15h), 3 ECTS
Theory Organisation and Management (L:15h, C:15h), 3 ECTS

  • Urban Planning (L:15h, C:30h):

Urban Planning and Design (L:15h), 1 ECTS
Development of Spatial Structures (C:30h), 3 ECTS

  • Foreign language (C:30), 2 ECTS

2nd semester (begins in October, 15 weeks of classes, followed by 3 weeks of the exam
  • Formal planning (L:75h, C:75h)

Spatial Development in EU in a Global Context (L:30h, C:30h), 4 ECTS
Models in Spatial Development (L:30h), 2 ECTS
Legislative Techniques in Spatial Planning (L:15h, C:45h), 4 ECTS

  • Urban planning and Design (L:15h, C:45h, PS: 75h):

Large-scale urban projects (C:30 h, PS: 30h), 5 ECTS
Eco-planning of cities and regions (C: 15h, PS: 45h), 5 ECTS
Space and landscape in the global context (L:15 h), 1 ECTS

  • Urban Planning and Design diploma project I (C:15h, PS: 30h), 3 ECTS
  • Humanities elective (L:30h), 2 ECTS
  • Professional internship, 4 ECTS
  • Foreign language (C:30), 2 ECTS
3rd semester (begins in February, 15 weeks of classes, followed by 3 weeks of the exam
  • Informal Planning and Design (L:30h, C:30h, PS:60h):

Participatory planning (L:15h, C:15h, PS:30h), 5 ECTS
Coordinatory Planning (L:15h, C:15h, PS:30h), 5 ECTS

  • Spatial Policy (L:45h):

Territorial Marketing (L:15h), 1 ECTS
Regional Policy (L:15h), 1 ECTS
Development Policy (L:15h), 1 ECTS

  • Urban Planning and Design diploma project II (C:30h, PS:30h), 15 ECTS
  • Urban Planning and Design seminar (S:30h), 2 EC
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Gdańsk is a vibrant European city located at the seaside, with 1000 years of history and unique and robust tradition. Think of HeveliusFahrenheit,  Schopenhauer, or Grass to feel the intellectual tradition of the city. The city is truly international, full of students, and offers not only its culture and art but also a lot of leisure and fun. Together with Sopot and Gdynia, Gdańsk forms the metropolitan structure of 1 million people (more about the Tri-City). Gdańsk is a symbol of freedom and solidarity thanks to its essential contribution to the transformation of Europe and the World in 1989 (more about Solidarity movement).

More about Gdańsk here, on Wikipedia, or on the official city website.

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