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Territorial Management and Urban Studies

Territorial Management and Urban Studies

MSc - Master Degree
IST Técnico Lisboa
Joint Programmes 
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning
Lisbon School of Architecture
Time period 
Day time
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
2 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Cr 106/2017
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



When thinking about the concept of a modern city, the importance of spatial planning and urbanism is vital so that society itself can develop in the most optimal way possible. Territorial Management and Urban Studies professionals are able to actively intervene in a qualified and innovative way in the formulation of strategies and concrete solutions for the problems that arise in the planning, construction, rehabilitation and management of urban and metropolitan spaces.

Based on technical knowledge and a deep capacity for critical reflection, this master’s program aims to provide advanced training in the practice of planning and land management, as well as in the implementation of advanced and innovative techniques for processing information in the analysis of problems and responses in the scope of spatial planning and urbanism.

The Master Programme in Territorial Management and Urban Studies is a joint initiative of Técnico, the Faculty of Architecture and the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) of the University of Lisbon.


This offer at master's level aims to develop specialized training on policies, strategies, methodologies and tools of management and territorial development, allowing a multifaceted and critical approach of the problems and corresponding solutions. Still it gives special attention to issues relating to the role and dynamics of regional and sectoral authorities, the other private and associative actors.

The course aims to respond to an effective and potential demand from technical staff and practitioners in the field of land management and urbanism, as well as aims to give advanced training for students interested on theoretical debate, critical methodology and practice of planning and land management.

The relevance of this central goal can only be consistently met with an integrative approach to the issues under discussion and the provision of innovative, current and stimulating perspectives on territorial and urban issues.

Career prospects 
Técnico MSc graduates in Territorial Management and Urban Studies may work in the design of systems, installations, equipment and services that promote the functioning of a territory. This Master Programme offers two types of professional opportunities: in research and in acting as a technical planning and territorial management, in employers such as: • public and private consultancy bodies; • land use planning and strategic planning; • research entities.
National Admission Exams 
IGOT:Application requirements: a) Holders of an undergraduate degree or legal equivalent in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geography, Planning and Territory Management, Territorial Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, or related fields; b) Holders of a foreign higher education academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State that has acceding to this Process; c) Holders of a foreign higher education academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of a degree by competent Scientific Council of the higher education institution where they wish to be admitted; d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the competent Scientific Council of the higher education institution where they wish to be admitted. IST:Only the students that meet the requirements below may apply for a 2nd cycle of IST or to a 2nd cycle of na IST Integrated MSC Programme: - those who have concluded a 1st cycle degree programme, or a 1st cycle of an Integrated MSc Programme, which do not have scientific consistency with the 2nd cycle for which they apply; - those who hold a 1st cycle degree in the area of Science and Technology (except for the 2nd cycle in Architecture which presupposes a 1st cycle programme in Architecture); - those who have a school, scientific or professional background, certifying their capacity to carry out a MSc for which they apply.
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