MAS ETH EPF in Urban and Territorial Design (MAS ETH UTD)

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LieuZürich, Zurich région, Suisse
The MAS Programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification or may lead to a change of profession. They correspond to at least 60 ECTS credits, require a Master’s thesis or project work and generally last between one year full-time and two years part-time.

Master of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Environment, Infrastructure & Architecture

The new MAS offers innovative urban and territorial design education at ETH Zürich and EPFL addressing sustainability challenges within cities and across wider landscapes and territories.

Programme structure

Programme description

The programme embraces the ecological and socio-economic transition as a field of critical and imaginative investigation. Engaging with notions of transformation, reuse, regeneration, reparation, and transition of habitats and ecologies, students will deploy the urban and territorial project as the crucial field of knowledge production across scales. Design is explored as a tool for synthesis in an expanded environment of transdisciplinary exchange.


The programme’s aim is to raise participant’s awareness and capacity to deal with radical scenarios of social and environmental change under planetary urbanisation. The MAS will serve as a laboratory and a forum where participants develop design skills for shaping resilient urban territories and propose concrete agendas, design strategies and governance models. Both Swiss and international case studies will be investigated with intensive, ethnographic explorations and in situ workshops.

Professional perspectives

Integrated research and design training develops participants conceptual, analytical and communication skills. Participants are prepared for interdisciplinary, site-specific work at all urban-territorial scales and engagement with communities, local actors, NGOs and governance bodies. This responds to professional perspectives offered by design offices and public authorities, but also to international career opportunities in academic work or within institutions such as UN Habitat.

Programme structure

The programme entails two analogously structured semesters at EPFL and ETH Zürich, articulated around a Core Design and Research Studio integrating fieldwork and representation disciplines. Interdisciplinary Courses will underpin the studio work, together with a set of Urban Theory Sessions.

Additional information

A continuation of the highly successful MAS in Urban Design directed by Prof. Marc Angélil, which addressed urban design in a globalised world, the new MAS is embedded within the broader context of ETH’s LUS Institute, the FCL Global project New Urban Agendas and EPFL’s Habitat Research Center. It initiates a hallmark collaboration between ETH Zürich and EPFL assuring an outstanding environment of expertise and teaching resources. The curriculum brings together urban studies, postcolonial thought and the Anthropocene, and offers a deeper understanding of cultural and ecological dimensions of territories, urban and landscape ecology, sustainable construction, and low carbon mobility.

Tuition languages

English: 100 %


Master of Advanced Studies with the title ’MAS ETH EPF in Urban and Territorial Design’ (MAS ETH EPF UTD)

Credit points

60 ECTS credits

Target group and requirements

Target group

The programme is addressed to national and international architects and other professionals in the spheres of both built and unbuilt environments with prior master’s degrees who intend to strengthen their research and design competences in Swiss/European as well as international contexts.


An ETH master-equivalent degree in architecture, urbanism/planning, landscape architecture, architecture-engineering, civil and environmental engineering, or city management.

Required language skills

English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

Examination languages


Time and place


Every Autumn Semester


1 year full-time; 900 hours of contact

Application period

01.04.-31.05. (later applications cannot be accepted)


EPFL (Autumn Semester) and ETH Zurich (Spring Semester)

Tuition fee

CHF 12,000

Deregistration fee

  • within 30 days after admission: free of charge
  • after 30 days after admission: CHF 4000
  • after semester start: CHF 6000



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    Questions about the application

    ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 18.1, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

    Application documents

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    Additional application documents

    A portfolio, CV, letter of motivation and reference letters are to be submitted to masutd [a] ethz[.]ch (no hard copies) after completing the online application procedure.


    Programme management

    Assoc. Professor Milica Topalovic (ETH Zürich D-ARCH, LUS, Architecture of Territory) and
    Professor Paola Viganò (EPFL ENAC-HRC, LAB-U)


    ETH Zürich, Vesna Jovanovic, MAS ETH EPF UTD I Programme Coordinator, Professor Milica Topalovic, Architecture of Territory, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, ONA G41, 8093 Zürich, jovanovic [a] arch[.]ethz[.]ch

    Responsible body

    ETH Zurich D-ARCH, Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), Architecture of Territory
    EPFL ENAC, Habitat Research Center (HRC), Laboratory of Urbanism (LAB-U)


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