Digital Urban Studies

Place of Study: St. Petersburg, Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science (ITMO University)
Duration: 2 years, 120 credits
Language: English
Application Deadline: 08 August 2022
Admission Requirements: depend of the specialization*
Tuition Fee: 305,000 rubles/year for international students

Program description

The specific outcome of the Master’s program is a combination of competencies in the field of system analysis and data analysis in urban studies. The program provides graduates with knowledge and skills needed to work in urban digitalization at the federal, regional, and local levels, including projects and management of smart and sustainable cities.

The interdisciplinary Master's program is designed for applicants with different career backgrounds such as architects, economists, sociologists, geographers, ecologists, IT specialists and engineers, managers of state and municipal government, etc., interested in state-of-the-art approaches and technologies for transforming urban environments, implementing social research-based strategies for sustainable and smart urban development, as well as public participation strategies.

The acquired knowledge will allow graduates to gain a competitive advantage in sustainable urban planning and design and seek employment in architectural bureaus, design organizations, consulting agencies, and municipalities that practice modern methods in urban design.

Specialization: Sustainable Cities Development

Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in architecture, urban design and planning, economics, sociology, psychology, geography, ecology, information technologies, computer science, engineering, management, or sustainable development with excellent/good grades; motivation letter; upper-intermediate level of English*

By choosing the Sustainable Cities Development specialization, students will gain new knowledge, understanding and competencies in such areas as the concept of sustainable development, UN SDGs and indicators, ESG transformation, sustainable development strategies, and management in cities and regions. They will gain understanding of how climate changes affect cities, the health of the citizens, and the processes of urban planning and urban design. During their training, students will be introduced to ecological (green) and the circular economy and will study the principles of urban ecological framework design, maintenance of ecosystem services in cities, and sustainable mobility. Particular attention will be paid to the psychological aspects of the human-cities-environment interactions of citizens of different ages and various social groups, as well as citizens with special needs for an inclusive urban environment, basics of pro-environmental behavior, and public participation. Starting from the first semester, students will be involved in various research and practice activities.

Career options

Graduates of the Sustainable Cities Development specialization can pursue their career as:

Program сontent

The list of entrance examination questions


Specialization: Urban Lighting Design

Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree in design, media technology, engineering, and architecture or related fields with excellent/good grades; upper-intermediate level of English; CV and/or portfolio and motivation letter.

The Urban Lighting Design specialization is developed by leading specialists of the university’s Creative Lighting Department (CLD ITMO University). In just two years after its foundation, CLD ITMO University entered the top-5 for the Award for Education according to the Professional Lighting Design Convention 2017.

The specialization is aimed at creative thinkers searching for new forms and tools of working with space both in theory and practice. It is equally beneficial for both graduates and practicing specialists interested in the field of lighting design, lighting technologies, and architectural spaces.

The department works closely with the lighting design industry, local communities, and regional authorities. The mission of the program is to teach students how to improve the quality of light in urban and public spaces in accordance with the European Research and Innovation Missions.

The specialization focuses on the quality of design solutions by combining problem-based and human-oriented approaches with deep integration of state-of-the-art technologies (HCI, big data, microelectronics, new materials, smart wearables, IoT, photonics, and optics) and applied research projects by students and staff.

Career options

Students are taught to comprehensively interact with real-life environments and provide objective justification for their creative choices. In addition to the main curriculum, students participate in lectures, conferences, and workshops by top-tier Russian and international scientists, researchers and practitioners in lighting design and related fields such as architecture, design, lighting, and computer technologies. This allows them to enhance their knowledge and engage in networking, which is a crucial tool for modern lighting designers who strive to succeed both in Russia and abroad, working for themselves or a company.

Program сontent

*The applicants are required to pass an entrance examination successfully.

How to apply?

To apply, please fill in the application form and follow our step-by-step application guide for more details.

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