History of Architecture and Town Planning (MA)

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About History of Architecture and Town Planning at University of Groningen

The Master's track History of Architecture and Town Planning (Healthy Cities, new Perspectives on History and Theory of Architecture and Town Planning) explores the evolution of cities, villages and landscapes in Europe within the framework of changing geopolitical conditions at the global scale.

Are you interested how architecture and urbanism can improve ourconditions, and how they contribute to public health? Wish to gainknowledge about the global dimension of architectural and urbantheories and practices? Starting with a profound historicaloverview, this track prepares students for an active role indebates and policy making processes involved in the renaissance of the European city.

It analyses physical and spatial phenomena as historicaldocuments conveying the motives underlying their continuouschanges, as instruments to pursue specific policies, and as worksof art. Starting with the Enlightenment, and paying attention toissues related to public health, the programme investigatestensions between global and local, gaps between formal andinformal, the post-socialist condition in former Eastern Europe,and architectural and urban strategies aiming at sustainable livingconditions and their historical precursors. Part of the courses isprovided by the Thomassen a Thuessink Chair, a joint venture ofGroningen University Medical Center, the University of Groningen and Delft University of Technology; the chair focuses on the publichealth dimension of urban interventions.

The Master's track History of Architecture and Town Planning explores the evolution of cities, villages and park- and landscape design in Europe within the changing global setting.

Cities, buildings, parks and landscapes define the setting ofour everyday life. Some are fascinating works of art, and no othermanmade artefacts document the evolution of social relations,economic trends, technological innovations, philosophical views onman and nature, politics and culture more eloquently thanarchitecture and urbanism. Cities and buildings impact our everydaylives. They define where and how we live, how far we have to travelto reach our working places, our daily rhythms of our movements,the things we see when we are on our way. Their impact on health isself-evident - urban planners gave us our sewage systems,architects decent public housing and healthcare buildings. Thismaster track provides students a rich and varied introduction in the history and theory of architecture and urban planning. Sincehealthcare architecture requires a thorough understanding of thehistory and theory of architecture, and the world of healthy citiescan only be analyzed against the background of urbanism, theExpertise Center Architecture, Urbanism and Health is embedded in aclassical approach of architectural and urban history and theory.It allows students to specialize in classical history and theory,the health impacts of architecture and urbanism, or a mixture.

After your studies

Job prospects

The Master's track opens a myriad of career opportunities, in the Netherlands and abroad, as has been proved over the years. Forinstance:

  • jobs in the field of urban history and consultancy formunicipal agencies and scientific institutions
  • jobs for private or public architectural and urbanplatforms
  • jobs in the field of journalism and public relations
  • the master prepares students for a scientific career
  • jobs as advisors for healthcare institutions

The master's track opens a myriad of career opportunities, in the Netherlands and abroad, as has been proved over the years. Forinstance:

*jobs in the field of urban history and consultancy formunicipal agencies and scientific institutions

*jobs for private or public architectural and urbanplatforms

*jobs in the field of journalism and public relations

*the master prepares students for a scientific career

*jobs as advisors for healthcare institutions

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

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Admission requirements

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language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1). Students who gained a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree programme, will automatically meet the language requirements.

previous education

Students and professionals with a background in architecturaland urban history, urban studies, architecture, urbanism, urbandesign, public health, urban health, etc.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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