Master in Sustainable Urbanism and Spatial Planning


Master in Sustainable Urbanism and Spatial Planning

In association with the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of UNL.



The Master course in Suitable Urbanism and Spatial Planning aimsto:

  • Combine theoretical concepts and instruments in order to intervene in a sustainable manner in urban areas;
  • Develop capabilities for collecting and processing information using the latest technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing, CAD among other support to the preparation of documents and plans - graphic part);
  • Develop territorial diagnostic capabilities, urban audits and formulated intervention strategies in a sustainable perspective;
  • Develop and apply innovative methods and effective plan techniques and sustainable management for urban areas;
  • Develop and implement monitoring processes and evaluation of projects, programs and plans.


Career opportunities

It is an emerging area, with a new professional market in the public and private sector. The Master in Sustainable Urban and Spatial Planning is a professional who can act:

  • In large and small consulting firms in project and audit in the fields of city planning, land use planning, engineering, environment, architecture, economics and management among others;
  • In the consulting area, project and audit of public sector organizations responsible for urban and regional planning.

By is impact on quality of community’s lives it is also a scientific research area of great relevance. The program also prepares students to pursue PhD.

Tuition Fees 

Portuguese students: 1450 €/year

Foreign students: 1900 €/year





1st phase: 12th february to 22nd march 2024

2nd phase: 3rd June to 17th july 2024

Acceptance rate in masters

Accepted applicants will have to pay (within a maximum of 7 consecutive days from the date of placement) a non-refundable rate of 100 euros, which will be deducted, after registration, from the total tuition fee. Any payment made after the deadline will not be refunded, leaving the candidate excluded.


International Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:



Admission rules:

Holders of a 1st cycle, bachelor's degree or master, or equivalent, obtained in a higher national or foreign education institution in areas related to the study of the city, sustainability and land use, such as environmental engineering, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, sociology, law, transportation, economics, history, ecology, biology, geology or other similar formations to be approval by the scientific committee of the course.


  1. Classification of previous degrees;
  2. Academic and scientific curriculum;
  3. Professional curriculum;
  4. Possible interview.


Course coordinator:


Professor José Carlos Ribeiro Ferreira (FCT NOVA),
Professora Margarida Pereira (NOVA FCSH) 


Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 92/2011 on 27/07/2011


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 21/02/2018

About the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (DCEA) at NOVA FCT started in 1976, with the launching of the Environmental Engineering course, a first of its kind worldwide. Over the past 40 years, DCEA has been able to adapt to the extraordinary evolution in this area, expanding the scope and expertise to tackle new environmental and sustainability challenges of the 21st Century. DCEA provides several courses (bachelor, master and doctoral courses) in the broad area of environment and sustainability, guided by scientific and technical quality, preparing the students for the national and international markets. DCEA also promotes R&D, assumed as a key pillar of teaching, by supporting national and international projects and an extensive network of collaboration with industry and public administration. DCEA coordinates several education programmes under the EIT Climate-KIC, namely the Journey, the Climate Innovation Leadership program and Pioneers in Practice.  

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