Quality of the MSc Urban Studies and Erasmus Mundus MSc 4Cities

When choosing a study programme, high quality education is what you are looking for and that’s exactly what we provide at the VUB. By continuously monitoring the programmes we know what their strengths are and how we can continue to improve them. 

Assets of the programme

  • Encompassing and research-based curriculum: urban topics are approached from different disciplines. To keep the programme up to date, studied subjects shift according to the research currently performed in the field.
  • Committed group of staff and students: the lecturers and other staff members are very approachable and susceptible to feedback of students, who act as cocreators of the programme.
  • The programme has a clear focus on Europe.
  • Excursions: as a city must be experienced to be understood, excursions are an important part of the programme and very much appreciated by the students.

Where do we get this information from?

We routinely ask our students to give their honest opinion about the study programme during their academic career. We also consult our professors and assistants and gauge the expectations in the future field of work. Lastly, we receive structured feedback from our former students and compare our programmes with others at home and abroad.

Quality Cycle



  • Narrowing the focus of the programme based on the compulsory courses would sharpen its profile. The latest developments in urban studies could also be made more visible in the programme.
  • Because more and more students do an internship, the programme could - on top of the guidance that is currently already provided – monitor the course of the internship closer.
  • Strengthening the collaborations with the private sector, in addition to the already existing interactions with Brussels and European organisations and NGO’s, would further improve the relationship with the current labour market.

Current developments

  • The programme highly values the interaction with alumni and the professional field and will further invest in these relationships. This entails networking with existing and potentially new internship host organisations, developing new educational formats to allow practitioners to integrate their knowledge in university teaching and setting up a labour market survey to keep track of the expectations for urban studies graduates.
  • As the VUB-ULB MSc in Urban Studies is a relatively new programme and the Erasmus Mundus MSc 4Cities recently added a research and practice track to the curriculum, an evaluation of the different modules and options offered in the programmes is planned in order to further refine the curricula.
  • The programme plans to develop course units in qualitative and quantitative methods to prepare students even better for the professional field.


Publication date: 1 February 2021

Where does our information come from?

Here are our sources