Master in Urban Planning and Territorial Development


Programme Description


The training is organized in a modular way and according to a competency-based approach. The student goes through the different teaching units which constitute the training according to the rhythm that suits him, until the integrated test in which he must demonstrate through a synthesis work the transversal mastery of the skills he has acquired.

The question "How will men live here, tomorrow? Is the breadcrumb of the training. This is the purpose of urban planning courses in which the student is led to formulate his response in the form of a creative synthesis in an approach that is similar to that he will implement in his professional practice.

Around the course of project, gravitate the courses relating to the sciences, techniques, means and methods to which the planner refers and those relating to the bases which frame his activity.

In practice

The Isuru offers a social promotion training in evening classes. Equivalent to a master's degree of 120 credits, the Master's degree in urban planning and spatial planning is planned for a period of three years. The modular system, however, makes it easy to spread studies.


The professional practice of urban planners is mainly exercised in the service of the public authorities, but it also includes missions for the private actors of territorial planning.

The planners exercise their profession:

  • in public, academic or private research;
  • in European, national, regional or local administrations;
  • in public or parapublic planning organizations, such as urban planning agencies, intermunicipal bodies, etc .;
  • in liberal practice, within their own design office or in multidisciplinary associations;
  • in private consulting firms, such as environmental, town planning, landscape and urban planning offices, or architects and urban planners;
  • in urban promotion, real estate and tourism.

Formation Structure

The Pedagogical File

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Next school year: mid-September 2018

Registrations for the year 2018/2019 will be open from August 27th . They will be done only on the spot, in the secretariat of the Isuru (entrance by the street of Ireland, 58 in Saint-Gilles), from 17h to 20h.

The closing date for registrations depends on the teaching units. They are specified in the attached document: Opening of the EU 2018-2019

Conditions of admission

The Master in Urban and Regional Planning of Isuru is accessible:

  • holders of a bachelor's degree or equivalent, awarded by a Belgian university higher education institute;
  • holders of a Belgian title superior to the transitional bachelor (master);
  • [EDIT] to holders of a European master.

It may also be accessible to holders of a bachelor's degree in non-university higher education (professional bachelor) or equivalent, as well as to holders of a foreign title, subject to an admission test .

Admission test sessions will be held during the registration period on August 29th (5pm) and on September 25th (6pm). Please contact the secretariat to register.

The admission test aims to verify that the prerequisite qualifications required for admission to the first level teaching units (EU 21, 22 and 23) are acquired by the candidate. These prior capabilities are as follows:

From reference documents (report, article, book extract, etc.) relating to the multidisciplinarity of urbanism, the student will be able to:

  • to carry out an analysis and a synthesis;
  • to identify elements relevant to town planning and / or regional planning;
  • to develop a reasoned critique.

From a reference text (article or book extract) relating to town planning and / or spatial planning, the student will be able to:

  • to carry out an analysis and a synthesis;
  • to identify the intentions and the elements structuring the reasoning;
  • to develop a reasoned critique.

On the basis of representations commonly used in urban planning (plans, elevations, perspective sections, photographs, etc.) and concrete urban or territorial situations, the student will be able to:

  • to understand the information translated in graphical and / or iconographic form;
  • to demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of graphic and iconographic representations practiced in urban planning (units, scale, orientation, etc.);
  • to establish the correspondences between different graphic and / or iconographic representations of the same urban or territorial subject;
  • to return in a graphic and / or iconographic form the main elements of a given urban or territorial situation.

Candidates are also required to present themselves with a letter of motivation when they present themselves for the admission test.

Registration fees

The cost of registration depends on the educational units followed by the student and his particular situation. The following amounts are included for information purposes: Isuru Registration Isuru 2018-2019

In particular, reductions are granted to jobseekers as well as to people receiving integration income.

Necessary documents

The student candidate must bring the following documents for the constitution of his registration file:

  • the original of the previous diploma (s);
  • a photocopy of his valid identity card or passport;
  • his identity card or passport;
  • a photo ID format;
  • any certificates of exemption (registration as jobseeker, registration with the CPAS).

A registration form will have to be completed on site.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

L’Institut Supérieur d’urbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine est un établissement de promotion sociale qui fait partie des instituts Saint-Luc à Bruxelles et qui organise une formation d’urbanisme en niv ... Read More

L’Institut Supérieur d’urbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine est un établissement de promotion sociale qui fait partie des instituts Saint-Luc à Bruxelles et qui organise une formation d’urbanisme en niveau master. L’ISURU a été fondé en 1947 par Henri Gillis, ingénieur-architecte et Gaston Bardet, urbaniste, dans le contexte de la reconstruction. Ces fondateurs avaient du métier d’urbaniste et de son enseignement une approche humaniste, pluridisciplinaire et ancrée dans la pratique qui constitue encore aujourd’hui le socle de valeurs de l’institut. Read Less