How to Apply

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The Master in Critical Urbanisms has a new curriculum! Starting with the academic year 2020/21 the new curriculum combines interdisciplinary urban research methodologies to immersive learning in dynamic urban contexts. Students have the choice between a semester of study and research on Urbanisms from the South, which takes place at the African Centre for Cities of the University of Cape Town and a semester of multi-sited research exploring urban processes that work across North/South geographies.

Key Elements of the Program

Degree: Master
Next start of program: Fall 2021
Duration of study: 4 Semesters (with one optional semester at the University of Cape Town)
Language: English
Application Period: 1 February - 30 April 2021

To apply to the Critical Urbanisms Master please go to the general admissions page of the University of Basel.


The program targets students from a wide range of fields in the humanities and social sciences, as well as academically qualified professionals from the fields of architecture, landscape design, and urban and regional planning.

Since the application process for a study permit for non-EU citizens can take up to four months, and this process can only be started after the letter of admission is issued, we highly recommend that students submit their complete application as early as possible, preferably by the end of February 2021. Please make sure to submit a complete dossier (including writing sample and list of urban studies coursework, as specified in the Study Plan).


For details about the curriculum, download the study guidelines here.

Download the FAQ Sheet here.

Please visit our official program page for more information.

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Please contact Jennifer Felsenberg with any questions.