The EMSDP Overview

The Post-graduate Programme in European Spatial Development Planning – in short European Module in Spatial Development Planning or EMSDP– is an intensive teaching and research programme for post-graduate students and researchers in urban studies and planning offered by the ASRO – MAHS/MAUSP programme, in collaboration with the research units P&D and OSA, at the Faculty of Engineering of the KatholiekeUniversiteit in Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, over a three months period (early March through May).


The EMSDP programme is open to Doctoral students, Master students (II level Master), Post-graduate students and Researchers, as well as professionals willing to improve their knowledge and research skills. Itincludes three forms of training: structured lectures, a series of self-standing presentations on relevant case studies or topics, and a post-graduate research seminar in which EMSDP students present their work in progress to peers and staff.

Applicants from Europe and from countries around the world are invited to join with doctoral students and research fellows from the KU Leuven in a unique programme of intensive study and critical discussion of European Spatial Development Planning, specifically designed for postgraduate training.

The programme begins the first week of March and runs over a three – extendable to four – months period. The first three months cover lectures, presentations and research seminars, while the fourth month can be devoted to individual research under local tutorship.

The successful completion of the course – including the positive evaluation by the teachers involved – has two possible outcomes:

  1. it can be fully validated within the home Ph.D. study programme of the students for up to 30 ECTS;
  2. it can award a Post-graduate Certificate in European Spatial Development Planning, representing 30 ECTS credits (see specific section further on).

In 2011 the EMSDP was awarded the AESOP – Association of European Schools of Planning Prize for teaching excellence (see details at: Planning Prize for Teaching Excellence )

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