Masters in Urban Studies

Education objectives

Joint master degree programme between NOVA FCSH and ISCTE-IUL.

In this course, it is intended that students will acquire the following self-reflective and operational capacities:

- The ability to interpret and utilize concepts and methods of analysis regarding new dynamics of urban and socioeconomic change, and discuss the complexity of contemporary urban territories;
- The ability to construct original research projects and create and apply various tools for intervening in urban contexts;
- The ability to communicate information, perspectives, problems and solutions to specialists as well as the variety of other actors involved in these processes;
- The ability to design and execute diagnoses, planes and projects that are scientifically informed and based in a multidisciplinary perspective;
- The ability to process technical and scientific knowledge in the area of Urban Studies critically, enabling their pursuit of doctoral studies and continued education throughout life.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to study programmes leading to a doctoral degree.


João Pedro Nunes; Teresa Costa Pinto (ISCTE-IUL)

Opening date

September 2019





Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years/4 semesters
Total credits: 120 ECTS, distributed among 36 in compulsory curricular units and 36 optional (6 in free-elective optionals, 24 specific and 6 TEP) and 48 in the dissertation or project work.
The degree of “mestre” corresponds to the level 7 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

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Evaluation rules

A final grade, expressed as a number between 10 and 20 on a scale of 0 to 20 as well as its equivalent on the ECTS grading scale, is awarded for the post-graduate diploma. The final grade of the post-graduate diploma is the average, by credit, of the grades obtained in the course units in which the student obtained the 60 credits from the taught part of the Masters course. A final grade, expressed as a number between 10 and 20 on a scale of 0 to 20 as well as its equivalent on the ECTS grading scale, is awarded for the Masters degree. The final grade of the Masters degree will be the average of the final grade of the taught part of the course, weighted to 40%, and the grade awarded to the dissertation or project work, weighted to 60%.


Code Name ECTS
722171252 Cities, Migrations and Diversity - 2nd semester 6
722171251 Consumption, Culture and Urban Quality of Life - 2nd semester 6
722171253 Research Design - 2nd semester 6
722171249 Urban Development and City Policies - 1st semester 6
722171250 City through Time - 1st semester 6
722171248 Theories of the City and Territory - 1st semester 6
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
723000006 Cities and Development (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000007 Contemporary Metropolitan Culture (ISCTE-IUL) 9
723000011 Development and Social Sustainability (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000013 Urban Economy (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000003 Urban Management (ISCTE-IUL) 3
723000004 Globalization, Territory and Competitiveness Policies (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000016 History of the Portuguese City (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000012 Innovation and Territory (ISCTE-IUL) 6
722041052 Territorial Planning - 1st semester 10
722041054 Strategic Planning - 1st semester 10
722041062 GIS and Spatial Analysis - 1st semester 10
723000015 Society and Architecture (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000005 Ecological Urbanism (ISCTE-IUL) 6
Elective option 2
Code Name ECTS
723000027 Archives and Other Sources Studies (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000026 Using Content Analysis Software (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000025 Using Statistical Indicators (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000024 Network Analysis (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000017 History and Image (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000018 Oral History (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000021 6
723000019 Multimedia Analysis Methods (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000020 Inquiry Methods Online (ISCTE-IUL) 6
723000022 Field Research (ISCTE-IUL) 6
Elective option 3
Code Name ECTS
722171254 Master dissertation in Urban Studies 48
722171256 Internship in Urban Studies 48
722171255 Master project in Urban Studies 48