Urban and Regional Planning


Doctoral degree in Architecture and in Architecture – Urban Construction

This degree attests to the achievement of a high level of knowledge and an independent and original research capability in the field of architecture and urban construction. The studies are for those holding a Master’s of Science in Architecture or a Master of Science in Architecture – Town Planning from the Technion, or for holders of a comparable research master’s degree, with excellent academic achievements (usually, a grade of 85 and above for the master’s thesis is required, or other outstanding achievements to be approved by the Track Committee).

The conditions for enrolling in doctoral studies is finding a supervisor and preparing a document describing the area of research. This document will be presented to the Track Committee. Only after approval of the research area and the advisor by the committee will the candidate be accepted for doctoral studies.

The research areas of faculty members are detailed here.

Students with outstanding achievements, who have completed a master’s degree in a non-thesis track, will be required to conduct an exploratory study for 1-2 semesters that meets the conditions defined by the Graduate School.

Doctoral studies are focused on research work and preparing the thesis. The acquisition of additional knowledge is done in most cases through guided self-study and guided reading in subjects and areas that are conditioned by the research topic and program.

In addition to the requirements determined by the Graduate School at the Technion, there is a requirement for the formal study of specific subjects, according to need and according to the case, for a total of at least 5 credits.

The subjects of the research and, in retrospect, the complementary courses, will be chosen from a wide range of fields and areas.

For additional details regarding the admission to the Technion, the study program and the scholarships, see the Graduate School’s website.

Ph.D. in Environmental Studies

Students having obtained a high grade for their master’s degree, from a variety of areas, and who wish to engage in research that is relevant to their field and to the environment, will be accepted.

Advanced Studies – Urban and Regional Planning

Aim of the program

The program is designed to train students to engage in urban and regional planning and to provide them with the theoretical, professional and research tools needed to formulate a policy, make decisions, and conduct research in the various areas of urban and regional planning, while offering advanced degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.).


Requirements for studies in the master’s degree track

In the curriculum, a number of subjects are defined as core subjects, totaling 10 credits. These subjects are not included in the number of credits required for a master’s degree. Students who have studied these subjects within the framework of their first degree will be exempt from these courses. Students who have not studied these subjects at the undergraduate level will be required to study them in addition to the number of credits set for the master’s degree.

In the non-thesis track, the full study quota includes 4 compulsory courses (totaling 12 credits), three studio courses (totaling 12 credits), and various elective courses. The number of credits required to complete the master’s degree varies according to the student’s background.

As part of the total number of credits in the non-thesis track, as stated above, the students must take a 5-6 credit course, which constitutes a “final requirement” and consists in the expansion of an elective seminar course and 2-3 additional credits, through the “Advanced Seminar in Urban and Regional Planning” (course nr. 209300), specially designed for this track. The remaining points required instead of the thesis will come from elective subjects.

In the thesis track, the thesis is equivalent to 20 credits deducted from the total number of credits required, as detailed in the table above, for students preparing a thesis or thesis project, and 12 credits for students who choose to prepare a final paper.


Areas of specialization

The new program offers possible specialization paths for students who are interested. These paths were built from a variety of elective subjects that are part of the program, together with elective subjects from other faculties. The various subjects were grouped into three separate clusters. In addition, students may choose a multidisciplinary track that includes a balanced mix of the various areas, as follows:

  • Specialization in economics and real estate development
  • Specialization in housing and community development
  • Specialization in environmental policy and planning
  • Multidisciplinary training

Students who choose to study in one of these clusters are required to announce their choice of track by the end of the first semester of their studies. Selecting a specialization track from the three proposed courses will require of the student to study subjects from the specialization cluster for a total of at least 20 credits out of the range of courses offered in the specialization cluster, as presented below. Students who choose the multidisciplinary track will be required to choose at least 5-7 credits from each of the three tracks. In the thesis track, the area of specialization will be determined according to the area of research, subject to one of the three areas of specialization that were determined, provided that the remaining elective course are taken in the particular area of specialization that he has chosen, including the compulsory courses.

In addition, those interested in the track are offered the Atidim Program for Planning and Construction.

For further information, see the Atidim website.

The program entitled Atidim Cadets for Urban and Regional Planning is managed by the Atidim Association and the Director of Planning at the Ministry of the Interior. The program includes a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the Technion.

The course also offers a combined and structured program for granting a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, to which students studying Landscape Architecture can be accepted while studying for a bachelor’s degree. Details can be found at the following link.

In addition, the course offers an MRE program in real estate studies as part of the Unit for Continuing Education and External Studies. For more information, click here.