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Politecnico di Milano

Scuola di Architettura e Società

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Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning

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Starting from the academic year 2009/2010 a new main concentration, entirely taught in English, has been opened to international and Italian students. The three-year, pre-professional degree is designed for all those who seek a solid background in the field of urban planning, for either working in planning related areas or continuing education in higher degree programmes. Application for the programme is open to Italian, EU, and non-EU citizens.

The programme develops along three years, (six semesters) and its overall activities correspond to 180 ECTS. Activities in each semester are centered upon a studio, and a number of classes. Classes are divided in core subjects and elective courses: their topics range from representation techniques, history of architecture, to law, geography, regional economics and applied mathematics.  The programme is rooted in the long standing tradition of our school, as it proposes to focus on the close relationship between urban landscapes and urban development as a fundamentally social and economic phenomenon: policy analysis, sociology, economics and design are thus brought to bear on urban problems in Italy and in Europe. Students will learn about the skills and responsibilities in which planners need to consolidate in order to promote effective and viable solutions to urban problems.
The teaching staff is mainly drawn from the Department of Planning and Architecture, and it will give students an opportunity to  further tailor their own education.
Students will be also supported by expert tutors, selected among the teaching and research staff. Excursions, residential workshops, exchange programmes and other educational activities provide the students with further opportunities to develop their profile according to their interests.

The following is a sample of a 1st year study plan:

1st semester:
- Architecture Representation Studio
- History of Architecture
- Urban Planning

2nd semester:
- Urban Planning Design Studio
- Law 
- Mathematics

Eligible Students
Applicants must have completed (or be in the process of completing the last year of) their pre-university studies. Application procedures can be found on the official website of the Politecnico: 

Career opportunities
The three-year, pre-professional degree is structured for those wishing a solid basis in the field of urban planning, as preparation for either working in planning related areas or continuing education in higher degree programmes.

For further information, please contact the International Projects Service – or visit the website:
For enquiries concerning course contents and the organisation of the Bachelor Programme, please contact: