MSc in Urban Studies

Brussels Centre for Urban Studies

Master's degree

About the Programme

Study urban studies in the capital city of Europe! The interdisciplinary Master in Urban Studies is a 120 ECTS programme jointly offered by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Offering an interdisciplinary perspective on urban studies, students follow a core trajectory of shared courses and have the freedom to specialize by individually selecting from a large offer of elective modules and courses. The Master in Urban Studies is a joint initiative of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and involves the collaboration of various faculties and departments at both universities. The administrative coordination of the programme is shared by the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at the VUB and the Institute for Environmental Management and Land-Use Planning (IGEAT) at the ULB. For questions about the Master in Urban Studies, please contact or visit our main administrative office at Cosmopolis.

About You

The application process consists of two steps: 1) registering and completing the online application module; and 2) enrolling at either the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) or the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). In general, all applicants need to have completed a 180 ECTS academic bachelor's degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to urban studies. Proof of fluency in English is also required. More info: Deadlines for 2021/22 intake: 1 March 2021 (non-EU and EU) and 15 May 2021 (EU only). How to contact us? Programme coordinator Master in Urban Studies E-mail:


120 ECTS

About Us

The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary research centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) that brings together researchers from various disciplines. The Centre aims to increase the visibility of VUB urban research and develops and supports transdisciplinary research projects in the domain of urban studies. The Centre also stimulates networking between the various VUB research groups and of VUB researchers in international and local networks. The research orientation is global, but particular attention is paid to the urban dynamics of Brussels.