Master in Development Studies: Urban Transformation and Sustainable Development

The experience-based program Master in Development Studies is a result of a joint effort between five universities in East-Africa, UN-Habitat, NTNU and AHO, and is supported by Norad’s Masters Degree Program (NOMA).

About the study
As a professional or specialised post-graduate training programme, it consists of a total of 90 ECTS, or one and a half years full time study and is divided into two parts: eight teaching modules taking place at four venues in East Africa (60 ETCS) and thesis/project work (30 ETCS). Teaching the first four modules will take place in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in September–October 2010, and the last four in Nairobi and Kampala February–March 2011; participation in the eight modules is compulsory for all students.

The main aim is to prepare young professionals to better face the realities of urban transformation in general and in an East African context in particular. Teaching modules will present issues related to worldwide urban transformations, urban development in the South and include such topics as planning challenges in the South; approaches to sustainable development; urban housing and settlement design among others.

The language of instruction will be English.

Application procedures
Applicants should be qualified architects, planners or landscape architects with university training (minimum BA-degree) and preferrably some working experience.

The application deadline is 23. April 2010.

Download the application form here (pdf)

Please attach:

  • Transcript of records from previous relevant education (minimum   bachelor)
  • References from relevant work experience
  • A letter of motivation (in English)
  • CV

Please direct the application to:

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Academic services
P.O.Box 6768 St. Olavs plass
N-0130 Oslo     

Short-listed candidates may be called for an interview.

For more information, please contact


Published: 25.03.2010