Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:





The European Postgraduate Master in Urbanism (EMU) – Strategies and Design for Cities and Territories – is a joint postgraduate specialization programme aimed at training high qualified professionals in the fields of urbanism, planning and urban research.

It is jointly run by TU Delft, KU Leuven, UPC Barcelona and Universitā Iuav di Venezia, unifying the richness of different urban design approaches and the long traditions and experiences of the four joint universities.


In the European tradition, urbanism and urban planning have a strong social content which intends to improve the living conditions of all citizens, a common view shared by the four universities. On the other hand, each of them has different approaches due to their geographical conditions and different historical and cultural contexts. These distinguishing traits are a source of richness for the students, who will come into contact with several physical, disciplinary and cultural situations.


EMU is a two-year, full-time programme (120 ECTS) split into four semesters. The language of instruction is English.




Because of its joint structure, one of the key aspects of this programme is encouraging the mobility of participants in the network of the four universities. Students enrolled at Iuav will attend the first and fourth semester in Venice (for a total of 90 ECTS), white at least one of the remaining semesters must be spent in one of the other universities of the consortium.




After the successful completion of the programme, students will receive:

-  the Iuav diploma awarding the title of “European Master in Urbanism”, 2nd level postgraduate specialization title (“master universitario di secondo livello”) according to Italian law;[1]

-  the consortium’s joint certificate of European Postgraduate Master in Urbanism – Strategies and Design for Cities and Territories.


job profiles and job opportunities


This programme is open to European and non-European students who wish to obtain an additional qualification in urbanism. The master offers a precious opportunity, as in many countries there is a lack of training programmes that offer such a specialization.


The master has a highly professionalizing character and its goal is to facilitate the integration of its participants in positions of high responsibility and accountability, such as public offices or firms operating in the field of urban design and planning, as well as in universities and research institutes.

[1] For an overview of the Italian higher education system see http://www.uni-italia.it/en/the-university-system