The MaHS programme is conducive to an interdisciplinary and critical profile capable of understanding and managing the complexity of urban development as well as promoting inclusive territorial transformations.
Graduates of the MaHS programme find employment in numerous and widespread areas. Many alumni work as civil servants in urban development agencies in cities or national governments, as well as in NGOs such as the Red Cross or the Habitat for Humanity. Others are independent professionals in the field of urban design, planning, and community development. Some join private architecture offices or take on in leadership and policymaking positions in regional, national, and international human settlements institutions, such as UNHabitat, UNHCR, UNEP or UNDP. A small number of graduates continue on to an academic career by obtaining a PhD, and work as researchers and trainers in a plethora of universities around the world.
After successfully completing the MaUSP, participants will have acquired a thorough knowledge of urbanisation in different contexts. They will have learned to work on various scale levels, with an understanding of the interferences between scales. This entails the capacity to conduct a critical analysis of spatial phenomena in relation to the social and economic forces driving them. Building upon such analysis, MaUSP graduates will have the insight to design strategic interventions that are politically and economically feasible, and that have a structural impact. Excellent communication skills, visually as well as textually, will enable participation in and iteraction with a research environment.
MaUSP graduates are highly valued in urban design offices, consultancy firms for urban development and management, real estate agencies that develop innovative public-private partnerships and the public sector.
Graduates will be able to provide professional architectural and/or urban design experience to design offices, consultancy firms, or work as public servants. Urbanism is closely related to current and rapid social transformation and there is a continual need for critical professionals capable of elaborating new interpretations, strategies and designs in response to emerging trends.