Master of Science in Urban Planning (M.Sc in Urban Planning)


M.Sc in Urban Planning is a two-year program, which is divided into four semesters. Urban planning is concerned with the planned usage and development of land for public welfare. It is also concerned with the development of infrastructure in urban areas and the design of the urban environment. It priorities sustainable development along with the conservation of natural resources as well as the environment. This course is designed for those who are interested in learning, planning, and working in the field of development and public welfare.


The objectives of this program are as follows:

  • to emphasize research work
  • to produce competent manpower in the field of development
  • To emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to develop a better understanding of present issues
  • to promote planned, scientific development for sustainability
  • to emphasize the economic and social importance of planned development


The scope of urban planning is gradually increasing. The graduates of this program will have the opportunity to work with different private and government organizations. These are some of the job opportunities available after the completion of this program:

  • Urban planner
  • Community development worker
  • Environmental manager
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Civil service administration
  • Planning Surveyor


This course is currently only provided by Tribhuvan University (TU), through the Institute of Engineering (IOE). This course is offered at Pulchowk Campus, IOE, under the Department of Architecture.

Pulchowk Campus, IOE

Pulchowk Campus, IOE was formed under TU in 1972. It introduced bachelor’s programs in 1978. Years later in 1996 with the help of the Norwegian Government, IOE introduced some master’s degree courses. Urban Planning was one of the programs introduced in 1996 and is, therefore, one of the first master’s programs of IOE. IOE is a well-known academic institute in Nepal, not only because it is a constituent of TU but also because they have maintained a high standard of education.

Address: Pulchowk, Lalitpur

Phone no.: 01 5565432



Course structure

The program consists of a total of 60 credits. Those 60 credits are distributed throughout the four semesters. The program consists of core courses, elective courses, projects, and thesis. The core courses are worth 24 credits, the elective courses are worth 16 credits, the project is worth 4 credits, and the thesis—whose proposal defense must be completed within the third semester — is worth 16 credits. Usually, a course worth 4 credits means 4 hours of lectures along with laboratory work, tutorials, and assignments per week.


To apply for this program, applicants must fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • a Master of Arts degree in Geology

The applicants must fulfill one of those criteria or have a degree equivalent to those mentioned above. The degree must be achieved from TU or an institution recognized by TU.

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