Territorial Management and Urban Studies

The coordination of this Masters is shared between three schools of the University of Lisbon: Faculty of Architecture (FA), Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). each of the schools responsible for the course.
The course rotates in each of the schools. In the academic year 2017/18, the coordination of the course is the responsibility of IGOT, where the classes of the compulsory curricular units will take place.

Scientific commission:

Professor Doutor Carlos Dias Coelho (Faculdade de Arquitetura)
Professor Doutor João Rafael Santos (Faculdade de Arquitetura)
Professor Doutor José Luís Crespo (Faculdade de Arquitetura)
Professor Doutora Maria do Rosário Partidário (Instituto Superior Técnico)
Professora Doutora Teresa Heitor (Instituto Superior Técnico)
Professor Doutor João Abreu e Silva (Instituto Superior Técnico)
Professor Doutor José Manuel  Simões (Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território)
Professor Doutor Mário Vale (Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território)
Professora Doutora Eduarda Marques da Costa (Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território)

Creation of the Master’s Degree in Territorial Planning and Urban Planning – Rectoral Dispatch nº 9832/2017. D.R. No. 218, Series II, 2017-11-13


The course aims to respond to an effective and potential demand from technicians in urban planning, as well as to provide advanced training for students interested in the critical reflection and practice of planning and territory management. The relevance of this central objective can only be consistently met with an integrative and innovative approach to territorial and urban issues.

This master will enable the acquisition of advanced and distinctive skills in the field of territorial and urban management and intervention, in particular:

  • Think critically about the relationship between society and territory;
  • Conceptualize and relate the structuring and emerging issues of territorial planning;
  • Critically discuss and evaluate instruments, policies and interventions;
  • Recognize, systematize and differentiate territories from their fundamental characteristics and respective trends and dynamics as a fundamental support for analysis and diagnosis;
  • Apply advanced techniques of treatment of quantitative and qualitative information;
  • Formulate and combine scenarios that establish desirable or avoidable futures;
  • Communicate scientific production assertively;
  • To value persistently change and innovation in matters of territorial development.

Professional outlets

It provides two types of professional output: researchers and technicians of territorial management and management, both guided by the scientific rigour and the spirit of innovation and initiative. Its employers are public and private consulting, planning and strategic planning bodies as well as research entities.


The main scientific areas of this master’s degree are Urban and Regional Systems (SUR), Urbanism (URB) and Territorial Planning (PT).

This master’s degree consists of a common trunk with a duration of two semesters (1st year) and in the 2nd year, students can choose one of the following branches:

Urban Project
Territory Management
The curricular structure of the course allows choosing between (i) dissertation (ii) professional stage and (iii) project.

Regulation of Internship of IGOT Masters students – Consult Forms and Regulations