Master in Urban Studies

Education objectives

It is intended that students acquire reflective and operative competences in the following levels:
a) Aptitude to interpret and use analysis concepts and methodologies regarding the new socioeconomic and urban change dynamics and to put to question the contemporary period urban territories complexity.
b) Skills to produce original scientific research projects, as well as to create and apply diversified urban territory intervention instruments.
c) Ability to communicate information, perspectives, problems and solutions, either among specialists and in face of the diverse implicated actors;
d) Aptitude to design and execute intervention diagnoses, plans and projects, fittingly up to date and based on a multidisciplinary approach.
e) Ability to critically process the urban studies area technical-scientific knowledge, enabling the transition in the direction of a university third study cycle and the sustained lifelong training.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to the cycle of studies which leads to a Doctorate Degree. For the specific access conditions, consult the regulations governing the doctoral programmes at NOVA FCSH.


João Pedro Lopes de Oliveira Silva Nunes

Opening date





1300 Euros/year or 2700 Euros/year (foreign students)


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

The Master in Urban Studies is created in association between NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities and ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon.

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.

a) Ability to interpret and use concepts and methodologies to analyse the new dynamics of socioeconomic and urban change and to problematize the complexity of contemporary urban territories;
b) Ability to construct original scientific research projects, as well as the creation and application of diversified intervention instruments in urban contexts;
c) Ability to communicate information, perspectives, problems and solutions, both to specialists and the variety of involved stakeholders;
d) Ability to design and implement scientifically informed diagnostics, plans and intervention projects based on a multidisciplinary approach;
e) Ability to critically process technical and scientific knowledge in the area of urban studies, enabling the transition to a third cycle of university studies and lifelong training.

Conditions of admittance

Application and access conditions to the cycle of studies reflect the conditions established in the national legislation, namely: - to hold a licenciado degree or legal equivalent; - to hold a foreign academic degree recognized by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCSH; -to hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae recognized by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCSH. Applicants will be selected and ranked according to the criteria annually defined in the application edict.

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%.


Conditional Options 3 - To carry out the non-teaching component leading to a master's degree, the student must choose one of the modalities offered
Code Name ECTS
722171254 Master Dissertation in Urban Studies 48.0
722171256 Internship in Urban Studies 48.0
722171255 Master Project Work in Urban Studies 48.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 48
Elective Optionals 1 - optionals in Urban Studies
Code Name ECTS
723000009 Housing and Ways of Inhabiting 6.0
02105814 Planning and Urban Governance 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 12
Code Name ECTS
722171252 Cities, Migrations and Diversity 6.0
722171251 Consumption, Culture and Urban Quality of Life 6.0
722171249 Urban Development and City Policies 6.0
02105831 Laboratory in Urban Studies 12.0
02105820 Methodologies in Urban Studies 6.0
722171250 City through Time 6.0
722171248 Theories of the City and Territory 6.0
conditional options 2 - / Research Methods Optional Course
Code Name ECTS
723000027 Archives and Other Sources Studies 6.0
723000026 Using Content Analysis Software 6.0
723000020 Inquiry Methods Online 6.0
723000022 Field Research 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 6
Regra que permite inscrição em um máximo de 6 ECTS que podem ser obtidos em unidades curriculares de nível pós-graduado do ISCTE-IUL, da NOVA FCSH, ou de outras instituições de Ensino Superior nacionais ou estrangeiras, mediante protocolo. NOTA: Todas as inscrições em unidades curriculares de cursos livres ou de escola de verão serão rejeitadas.