Master’s in Urban Development

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MA in Urban Development will address the most salient issues of inequalities and inclusiveness in new villages and cities of Ukraine that will be rebuilt. At the same time, this program will address new challenges and inequalities in those communities which hosted millions of IDPs, while shaping relevant policymaking by the government.



MA will equip our graduates with the necessary economic, financial, legal, and institutional know-how needed to successfully design, implement, and promote the challenging reconstruction efforts along environmentally sustainable, economically and socially inclusive dimensions. Our graduates will aim for excellence in the dynamic, interdisciplinary field of urban development using skills acquired through course- and project-based tasks.


The implementation of development projects of war-torn urban and rural areas of Ukraine and the further durable and sustainable development of areas under intense pressure following the internal relocation of firms and individuals will require a profound understanding of the local institutional, economic, and social realities of the targeted areas. International experience in the field of post-war reconstruction will provide useful guidance on potentially useful policies and practices.


The Bartlett Real Estate Institute, London, has contributed to the development of KSE’s new Masters in Urban Development curriculum. The Institute has been rethinking real estate education and research, within the framework of Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, part of University College of London (UCL). UCL consistently ranks among the top 10 in QS World University Rankings.


(preliminary) Course Structure




  • Urban Planning (with specializations in Sustainability and Social Inclusiveness)
  • Real Estate Development (Process and Project Management)
  • Transportation and Land Use
  • Construction Technology
  • Real Estate Finance and Valuation
  • Principles of Urban Economics
  • Legal Aspects of Development: from permits to contracts
  • Data Science of Real Estate Markets
  • Project: Integrative Community Development


Electives (4 with at least 1 in Construction and 1 in Finance)


  • Construction Project Management
  • Construction Cost Estimation
  • Advanced Data Science (web-scrapping and analysis)
  • Real Estate Asset Management
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Affordable Housing (and/or Integrated Services Housing for war veterans and internally displaced)
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate Accounting and Tax
  • Entrepreneurship in Real Estate
  • Digital Real Estate
  • Project: Analytics and Decision Making in Real Estate


Activities and Events

A series of activities to engage with our potential students and attract faculty:

  • July 25-28, online workshops for the KSE students by Duke University
  • August 5-21, on site summer school in critical urban theories (RUG, Utrecht, Delft)


Current staff:

Academic Director Dr. Mihnea Costantinescu

Visiting lecturers: Dr. Siarhei Liubimau

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16 months






₴ 110000

KSE Urban Depelopment Talks

September, 2022

Tactical Urbanism – Lessons for urban (re)development

Speaker: Mike Lydon, principal and сo-founder of Street Plans, an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm

August 23, 2022

Pre-war redevelopment insights. The Vinnytsia case-study

Speaker: Han van de Wetering, an urban planner from Zurich, owner of Van de Wetering Atelier für Städtebau

July 29, 2022

The high cost of free parking – Urban Development Insights for Ukrainian Cities

Speaker: Donald Shoup, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, whom the Wall Street Journal dubbed “parking rock star”

Build Back Better: A Practitioners Lecture Series in Citizen Mobility and Urban Logistics

December 13, 2022

City of Dresden: Serving Citizens with Integrated Public Transport

Speaker: Christian Schlemper, spokesman of the public transport authority Upper Elbe

December 13, 2022

A Successful Ride Pooling Startup: Implementing Green Mobility

Speaker: Tom Kirschbaum, entrepreneur, investor and board member of tech companies

Katja Diehl, expert on mobility

December 13, 2022

Principles of Innovation and Citizen-Centric Mobility

Speaker: Bernhard Kalkbrenner, senior manager at the Digital Hub Mobility by UnternehmerTUM

December 13, 2022

From Transportation to Supply Chain Management & Mobility

Speaker: Tobias Knoch, Head of the Global Demand & Supply Planning Practice at DeLaval at Tetra Group


May 31, 2022

Disaster Management

Speakers: David Mazzuca, a Hitachi International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently in residence at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University. 

Jorge Ramirez, the former Director of the Disaster Recovery and Coastal Program at the Texas General Land Office from 2011 to 2015.