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Masters in Hazards, Cities and Spatial Planning

InformationO curso/CE encontra-se acreditado pela Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (A3ES).

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The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), accredited this second-cycle degree programme unconditionally (see the documents here).
Please consult the study cycle official documents.

Currently, globalization, climate change and territorial government are the major challenges in city and spatial planning. Therefore, the course will develop specific competences to answer these challenges, focusing on urban policies and hazard prevention. Besides, we are alert to the labour market’s needs and look out to improve education in the areas of strategy and prospective, innovation, partnership and contracting.

With an innovative and interdisciplinary course structure, we seek to attract graduates in geography and in other disciplinary areas (architecture, engineering, planning, sociology, economy, law, among others). Thus, this course can give a contribution to the development and updating of a new generation of spatial planners, as well as City Hall’s and companies’ workers, etc.

Credited with 120 ECTS, the Masters is four semesters long.
The approval in 1st and 2nd semester subjects provides a diploma in two alternative specializations:

  • Urban Politics and Spatial Planning
  • Risk Prevention and Spatial Planning

On the 3rd and 4th semesters, students can choose one of three areas:
Scientific Dissertation | Training Report | Project Work


The aims of this course are grouped in four great parameters:

  • Disciplinary scientific education: to promote the deepening of knowledge in planning, spatial planning, urban policies and natural and technological risk prevention areas; to apply explicative models and diagnosis methodologies and to propose territorial intervention areas.
  • Multidisciplinary scientific education: to promote interdisciplinarity and transversality of knowledge.
  • Adaptation capacities: to train post-graduates to face new problems and to solve them creatively, showing adaptation capacities to the fast current world.
  • Personal training: to improve time and resource management capacity; to solidify the structuring of reason and thought, the identification and formalization capacity and to develop a critical mind; to improve oral and written communication, group work and intercultural and interpersonal relationship skills.


   For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal

  Applications calendar and number of vacancies
  Tuition fees
  Minimum number of students: 10
  Requirements: graduate degree or equivalent  

Degree approved under Art. 54 of the Teaching Career Statute, regulated by Ordinance number 334/2008, of 30/04, for the groups: 420(Order of march 28th, 2023).This degree enables those who are already in the teaching profession to advance in their career, but it is not a teaching qualification degree.



"The Master’s in Hazards, Cities and Spatial Planning gave me a much more comprehensive understanding of spatial problems and dynamics, as well as of the processes to minimise and mitigate the issues related to living in our city."

Sandra Carla Pereira Melo - Senior Officer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto


For scientific and academic issues - contact the course direction: mrcot@letras.up.pt
For administrative questions
- contact the Academic Management Office: sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Relations Office: sri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 6953
Director: Helena Madureira
Acronym: MRCOT
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of studies: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master of Arts in Hazards, Cities and Spatial Planning - Specialization in Urban Policy and Spatial Planning (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master of Arts in Hazards, Cities and Spatial Planning - Specialization in Natural Hazards Prevention and Spatial Planning (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master's Course in Hazards, Cities and Spatial Planning - Urban Policy and Spatial Planning (60 ECTS credits)
  • Master's Course in Hazards, Cities and Spatial Planning - Natural Hazards Prevention and Spatial Planning (60 ECTS credits)

Main Scientific Areas

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