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European Post-master in Urbanism (EMU) in TUDelft

Delft University of Technology (TUDelft)
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Delft, South Holland
Urban Studies & City Planning

The European Post-master in Urbanism (EMU) is an advanced master degree that engages with the complexities of the design and planning of cities and landscapes, in a jointly run programme by TU Delft, KU Leuven, UPC Barcelona and Università IUAV di Venezia. All four universities adhere to the specifically European tradition that views urbanism as a collection of socially responsible disciplines, which aim to improve the living conditions of all citizens.


The universities take different approaches to the subject matter, which is the result of interactive, contextual development with regard to geography, history and culture. This specificity means that students acquire valuable experience in a variety of cultural, disciplinary and physical landscapes. At TU Delft there is a focus on two major research topics, Metropolitan Structures and Delta Urbanism, working in a Dutch tradition of urbanism as an integration of urban design, landscape architecture and spatial planning.


The EMU programme is seen as incubator for design driven research with students building up a skill set in research and design through studios, intensive workshops and supplementary courses. Participants come from a wide range of countries and are asked to reflect on and challenge how planning and urban design operates in the Netherlands, the European Union and their home countries.


EMU alumni take leadership roles in their home countries or go on to do advanced research on critical issues in Europe and abroad. The programme thus enhances career prospects.


EMU offers a two-year, full-time post-master programme (120 ects).




After successful completion of the programme, students will receive:


a diploma signed by the hosting institution where the students complete their first semester and final thesis semester. TU Delft has the first accredited programme within the EMU consortium and therefore Delft-graduated EMU students will be entitled as Master of Science*;


the consortium certificate of European Postgraduate Master In Urbanism (Strategies and Design for Cities and Territories).
Student Mobility


Course participants must fulfill a minimum of 90 ECTS at the host university and will follow one semester at one of the partner universities. This will take place during the third semester.


Language of instruction


The courses are conducted in English, although Spanish will be used in UPC, Barcelona.




The programme aims to produce highly qualified university trained urban designers/planners/researchers at a postgraduate level.


The full-time programme consists of three core semesters (30 ects/semester) and one final semester for a written or design thesis (30 ects). In each core semester, students take several cutting-edge courses. The design studio is the backbone of the programme.


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Admission Requirements

General admission requirements


The following is the general information regarding admission and application to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment’s two post-master programmes, the European Post-Master in Urbanism (EMU) and the Berlage Post-Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design.


a.- Applicants must have distinguished themselves in their respective first professional degrees in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, spatial planning, town or urban planning, or an allied discipline.


b.- Applicants must submit a motivation essay in English of 2,000-3,000 words, including the applicant’s goals, areas of design and research interests related to study, description of prior academic and professional experience relevant to study, career expectations for undertaking study, and suggestions for possible graduation/thesis topics.


c.- Applicants must submit two letters of reference in English.


d.- Applicants must submit an extensive curriculum vitae.


e.- Applicants must submit proof of identity.


f.- Applicants have:


– a two year master’s degree equivalent to a Dutch MSc degree in a main subject closely related to the post-master’s program; or


– a five-year BSc degree that is equivalent to a two year Dutch MSc degree in a main subject closely related to the post-master’s program;


– or four-year, or longer, university BSc degree with proof of qualification/registration entitling the applicant to practice architecture in home country plus a minimum of two years of work experience.


– Specific for the European post-master in Urbanism (EMU): Applicants from other disciplines might also be admitted to EMU when they have an MSc or MA, and 2 year design experience. This has to be proven in a portfolio and a personal interview. Students might also be asked to go through a prepatory period via TU Delft online education before the start of the programme.


g- Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English (see this site for exact requirements).


h.- Additionally for the European post-master in Urbanism: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) should be at least 75% of the scale maximum. Send a certified copy of your original academic degree and transcript in the original language (see this site for exact requirements ).


i.- Applicants must submit a portfolio showing representative academic or professional examples of design, planning or research projects or spatial surveys. (after you fill in the on-line application form, we will send you a password to upload your portfolio). See below for exact portfolio requirements and limitations for the EMU European post-master in Urbanism and for the Berlage Post-Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design.


The TU Delft requires all applicants to its post-master’s programmes to meet specific entry degree requirements. Eligibility for recognition and comparison of qualifications is determined via a series of international databases.


Portfolio and motivation essay specifications for the post-master level


1. Portfolio


The digital portfolio should include samples of work from your educational and/or work experience. A portfolio should reflect the scope and variety of your previous training and experience with specific emphasis on your personal interests as well as your academic and practical skills particularly in drawing, writing and analysis. Neatness and clarity of presentation are extremely important as they reflect both your attitude towards your work as well as your ability to communicate your work in a comprehensive and deliberate manner.


What to include in your post-master level portfolio:


The portfolio cover should include your full name and contact information.


Number and nature of projects:


– Include a maximum of five projects, either from your previous education or practice. “Projects”: demonstrate your experience and capabilities, and might comprise examples of design or planning projects, extracts of written reports, publications, or research and analytical work such as spatial analysis or mapping.


– Include at least one single authored project.


– Include your final project (or include your most recent project).


– At least one of the projects included should clearly demonstrate your capabilities with respects to analytical and reasoning skills.


Please keep in mind that the admissions committee judges your individual skills. In general individual projects show your capacities better than group work. If you decide to add group projects, please indicate carefully what your contribution is. If this is not clear to the committee they can’t judge your personal skills and this might decrease your chances of being admitted to the post master programme.


Project Documentation:


The five projects can include (either A or B):


A. Design or planning projects:


– Concept sketches and/or diagrams, showing preliminary visual development of ideas, approaches and methods and showing how you organise your ideas;


– Finished drawings of original design or planning work;


– A written explanation (in English) of the problem, the goals and objectives of the project, overall concept, how the solution was reached and your contribution to team work;


B. Research projects, publications, or research and analytical work:


– Extracts of the material which give a good impression of the overall project including the problem, questions, the method of analysis and findings; which may include drawings, text, maps or other examples.


– A summary explanation (in English) of the objectives, findings and conclusions of the work and an explanation of your contribution.


Please note that for all projects shown we require you to include the name(s) of the author(s).


Per project define:


– name and location of the project


– if it is academic or professional


– if it is individual or group work


– your role in the process


– your exact contribution to the project


– the level of the project, if academic (year/semester of your study in which the project was carried out)


– date when the project was carried out


– name and email address of the supervisor of the project


The size of your portfolio


Please be aware that quality is more important than quantity. Note that portfolios are evaluated digitally and should be easily readable without zooming or scrolling. Therefore:


– The size of your portfolio should not exceed 20 MB.


– The size of the pages should not exceed A4.


– The number of pages should not exceed 30 A4 size pages.


– It is not allowed to show more than one A4 size page per screen


– It is not allowed to use the booklet format because that is two pages per screen


– The document format should be pdf.


– Be aware that a landscape layout suits our requirements best.


We will work strictly to these requirements. If you do not meet them, your portfolio will not be evaluated and you will not be given another chance to apply this academic year.


Please note: Though we take the utmost care with all submitted documentation, we cannot be responsible for files that have been sent either corrupted, incomplete, or beyond the maximum size accepted by our system. Therefore, we highly advise you to check and double check your PDF documents before uploading.


2. Motivation essay


Applicants must submit a motivation essay in English of 2,000–3,000 words, including suggestions for potential final graduation/thesis projects. The aim of this essay is to evaluate the applicant’s interests, as well writing skills, critical thinking ability, and reasoning capacity. Please note this is an extended requirement due to the post-master level of the application.


Be aware that the evaluation criteria for the portfolios and essays differ for the European Post-Master in Urbanism (EMU) and the Berlage Post-Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design, see specifications below.


Outline of the procedure


Step 1: Submission


Apply and upload all required documents


Step 2: Interview


Selected applicants will receive an interview invitation by email.


Step 3: Post-interview decision


Interviewed applicants will receive a final decision.


Step 4: Acceptance


Berlage students: If successful you will be asked to submit non-refundable deposit fee.


Step 5: Payment


Payment of the tuition fee, and if applicable the living expenses, is part of the admissions proces. The deadline for payment is 1 July (23:59 CEST) in order to be enrolled in the program. Information on tuition fee and finances can be found here. For the payment procedure of The Berlage, please contact:




After reviewing your application, the admissions committee may invite you to interview. Interviews are by invitation only after all application materials have been received and initially reviewed by the admissions committee. If invited to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. Interviews are conducted over Skype; or, when logistically possible, held in person in Delft. Interviews are conducted by a member of the admissions committee, who will have thoroughly read your entire application package. The application process is based on rolling admissions so that applications are reviewed as they are completed.


Qualified applicants are invited to interview (both Berlage and EMU). Due to the exclusivity of the program, applicants are encouraged to complete the application process in a timely fashion.


Application deadlines


Application deadline to start in Fall 2020: June 1st 2020


For Non-EU residents, we recommend applying before March 2020.


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General information
2 years full time
S. Nijhuis
18.000 €
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Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft
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The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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