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The Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning offers a combination of teaching units
and multi-disciplinary design studios

Teaching units provide knowledge and analytical skills in several disciplines, while multi-disciplinary design studios focus around case studies, with the aim of learning by doing so to formulate and assess the implementation of spatial policies, strategies, programmes, plans, and projects.

The image is an excerpt from a students' group work (J. Allevato, C. Chiarle, R. Meoli, M. Tritto: Landscape and Territorial Planning Studio, 2015-2016)

Two curricula to better face the challenges graduates will meet ahead

From the academic year 2017-2018 the MSc in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning offers two different curricula, each one with specific characteristics: Pianificare la Città e il Territorio (Urban and Regional Planning in English) and Planning for the Global Urban Agenda.

This curriculum is taught in Italian and aims at the advanced training of a territorial planner by providing two main design studio experiences. The first related to the simulation of the design and implementation process of a landscape and territorial planning tool,  the second related to the simulation of the design process of an urban planning tool at the local level.

This curriculum is taught in English and refers to international learning models and global work opportunities, in the framework of the challenges launched by the New Urban Agenda and the related Sustainable Development Goals. In this curriculum courses pay attention to the variety of spatial government systems and global urbanisation phenomena, thus aiming at the study and comprehension of diverse planning models and approaches. The two main design studio experiences are related to natural and built heritage planning, and urban and territorial planning processes taking into account climate change.

Both curricula share the same education model:
  • Teaching units, providing discipline-specific contributions to enrich the students' analytical, critical and interpretative skills; 
  • Multi-disciplinary studios (also known as ateliers), centred on planning tools at different spatial scales, with the contribution of multiple disciplines to simulate real-work in planning environment. Studios will result in a single exam;
  • Free choice credits: 12 ECTS are dedicated to courses that each student may choose also to integrate their thesis;
  • Final project: the whole second semester of the second year is dedicated to the final project (in Italian or in English). Students may choose to write a research thesis (30 ECTS) or a combination of thesis + traineeship (respectively 20 + 10 ECTS). In both cases, thesis and traineeship can take place abroad.

Within the programmes, both in teaching units and studios, on-site visits, seminars and talks with external experts are often organised. Students are updated regularly and encouraged to take part to scientific events as well as to vocational ones.
Such extra offer of teaching activities are promoted by the School of Planning and Design, the DIST department, or external agencies and bodies (e.g. when new plans or regulations are presented). Students are also welcomed to present their works in organised events open to external experts. All information will be made available through the School's web and social media channels as well as the News page of this website.

The Master of Science in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning has a very favourable students/professors ratio
and high students' satisfaction rates