4CITIES is an international, interdisciplinary, immersive master programme in urban studies. Supported by Erasmus Mundus, its perspective is European while its context is global. Students learn to see the city, to hear it, to understand it, to engage it, and to choose their role in shaping it.
European Urban Studies in a Global Age
The interdisciplinary curriculum designed specifically for 4CITIES builds on the strengths of each host city, university, and department or research institute. Theoretical coursework is enhanced by field observation, applied skills, and a wide array of excursions. Students are challenged to connect readings and concepts from across the disciplinary spectrum and to analyse urban systems and elements at micro, meso, and macro levels.
The 4CITIES programme comprises fifteen academic courses from six universities in four cities and one master’s thesis. You can find on this page a description of each course. To jump to a course of your choice simply use the shortcuts immediately below.
Semester 01 / Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) & l’Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
01 European Urban Studies
02 Urban Social Geography
03 Urban Sociology
04 Urban Economic Geography
05 Urban Analysis 1 & 2
Semester 02 / Universität Wien (UW)
06 Demography of European Cities
07 Principles of Urban Planning and Urbanism
08 Contemporary Challenges in Urban Development
09 Urban Development and Planning in Eastern Europe
10 Urban Analysis 3
Semester 03 / Københavns Universitet (KU)
11 Urbanism and Architecture
12 Urban Culture and Cultural Theory
13 Urban Analysis 4
Semester 04 / Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) & Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
14 The Sustainable and Liveable City
15 Governance and Local Welfare
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