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Urban Studies MSc at Estonian Academy of Arts

The Urban Studies MSc course at Estonian Academy of the Arts equips students with the fundamentals of urban studies, including research skills to design more equitable urban environments.

School: Estonian Academy of the Arts
Course: Urban Studies MSc
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Course dates: September 2025 to June 2027
Application deadline: 3 March 2025

The Master of Urban Studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts is a two-year English-language program that focuses on contemporary urbanism.

The program combines history, theory and practice to rethink prevailing understandings of urbanization, and to contribute to building more equitable urbanisms than the current ones.

The main premise of the program is that the subject of urban studies is irreducible to the city: the global urban arena today, more than ever before, is where struggles over our collective future play out.

This transdisciplinary program builds on insights from critical urban geography, urban planning and architectural history.

Urbanism is seen through the conceptual lenses of socio-spatial dialectics and uneven urban development.

Themes addressed in the program include housing and gentrification, urban nature and ecology, and infrastructure and global networks.

Urban Studies MSc will introduce you to the basics of urban design and planning, as well as to a range of skills such as how to conduct fieldwork, write about urbanism and develop urban strategies.

The art school/architectural department where you will study provide a great environment to combine critical thought and creative imagination.

Find out more about the course and apply ›

Top image: Traditional two-day walk with the first-year urban studies students, photo by Mattias Malk.

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