Course Structure

Fields and approaches

The minor’s selection of courses and educational units is structured around five major topics:

  1. Environment and resources
  2. Networks, mobility and transportation
  3. Urban governance, rights, economics and social sciences
  4. Urban and regional development
  5. Planning methods and implementations

The main learning objective is the mastery of multi-scale spatial projects.

The ENAC “Territorial Development’ project offers the possibility of a project between architects and engineers and so also to fully explore interdisciplinary work. The teaching under Dr. M. Ruzicka-Rossier’s responsibility brings together teachers and expert speakers from the field of Swiss urban development. Theme is the balance between “Energy, Nature and Habitat”. Site is the upper Rhone valley in Valais. Topics are related to water, sun and wind.

  • Theoretical courses, teaching units
  • 30 credits of choice, of which at least six must be taken from the course offerings of the other two sections.
  • Possibility of taking credits outside of the faculty (one course, after a prior request to the section and to those responsible for the minor has been made)
  • Registration: At the latest by the end of the first semester of the master cycle.
  • Registration in one’s own section, based on a study program approved by the section.
  • It is not possible to register for multiple minors.
  • A master project in the field of territorial development is encouraged.

Students who register for the minor in urban studies and development should contact the appointed responsible person of their section.

SIE Section

“Students who chose the minor “Urban studies and development” must acquire at least 30 credits  from the branches proposed in the minor’s study plan. They  cannot validate only one teaching unit from the minor’s offerings.” (Extract of the SIE section regulations).

GC Section

“Students who chose the minor “Urban studies and development” must acquire at least 30 credits  from the branches proposed in the minor’s study plan. If they choose one teaching unit and/or an ENAC project proposed within the minor’s offerings, that UE and/or that project will be accredited in the required practical block of the civil engineering study plan (block 2) and, consequently, these credits cannot be counted for the minor”.

AR Section

“For the minor in Urban studies and planning, architecture students are required to validate at least 6 credits from branches chosen among those offered by the Civil Engineering or Environmental Sciences and Engineering sections”. (Extracted from the AR section regulations).

The field of territorial development offers insights into scientific careers dealing with the analysis of spatial dynamics and provides numerous professional opportunities in urban planning, territorial management and cooperation, in public and private sectors and on national and international scales.