The study track will begin with a full year in Trondheim, Norway, at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The second year of the study track (including the master’s thesis) will be completed either, or in Stockholm, Sweden, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) or at Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
First year: The study track will start at the NTNU in Trondheim, where the students will be given an introduction to planning for sustainable urban development both in a local and a Nordic context. In the autumn the main course will be a project / studio on Sustainable urban design working on complex, large scale urban design projects. The two other courses will be more theoretical: planning theory for sustainability and development and planning and process theory, introducing more classical theories on the understanding of the planning role.
The spring semester will introduce more mainstream planning skills like Integrated land use and transportation planning, Analytical methods in physical planning, Use of geographic information system in planning and a course in Globalisation and Urban Development, dealing with implications for urban development in cities in North and South.
Second year: Students with a background in architecture or planning continue their second year studies at KTH. In addition, students can choose among two project courses, either towards planning or urban design. The projects are advanced learning experiences in which students should address some of the main challenges in contemporary urban planning and design in a practical setting.
Students with an engineering background continue their second year studies at Technical University of Denmark, DTU. The second year at DTU will allow the student to go even deeper into analyzing the relationship between infrastructure and land use development by studying the plans and actual developments of an international metropolitan region. This will be complemented with the opportunity for the student to develop a strategy for future development of a chosen larger city. The stay at DTU will expand the theoretical understanding of strategies for change of urban infrastructural systems and facilitation of the urban economical development. This will be supplemented with the classical perspective on the link between transport modes, transport infrastructure and urban structure by allowing the students to analyze the urban and transport development in a given metropolis. In the third semester the students are given an insight in general quantitative methods and in change management.
Thesis Semester: The thesis will be developed during the final semester of the second year. Examiners, tutors and critics from the first year and second year universities will take part in the guidance, supervision and approval of the thesis. The examiner will come from the second year university, however tutors and critics will be selected from both or either university to best suit the student’s needs in developing the chosen thesis topic.