MSc in Urban Planning

MSc in Urban Planning

2 years

In 1996, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at IOE launched the MSc. in Urban Planning Program with the goal of developing academically and technically sound, practice-oriented human resources in the field of urban development and planning. The course covered the theoretical underpinnings of urban planning, such as planning as a theory, planning as a technique, and planning as a decision-making process. It sought to generate a much-needed body of knowledge in the field of urban planning through research in the field of urban planning, ranging from urban development concerns based on planning studio to planning problem-based thesis.

Since its commencement, the program has produced over 350 professional urban planners who work in Nepal's public, private, and development sectors in responsible and highly recognized positions in the field of urban planning and development. A significant number of urban planning graduates have gone on to pursue careers in academia and higher education. Despite being a popular curriculum with significant job demand, the course had not been updated since its inception in 1996 due to resource limits and other technical issues.


To be eligible for admission to the Master's Program, a candidate must have passed B.Arch./BE (Civil) M.A.(Geography) or equivalent

  1. Have undergraduate grades significantly above average and not less than the prescribed by the faculty board of IOE, and
  2. Secure minimum score, as prescribed by the Faculty Board of IOE, in the entrance test conducted by the Entrance Board of IOE (or as recommended by special entrance committee for Foreign students)

Note: Equivalence means the same kind of degree obtained from institutes other than TU and recognized by TU as the equivalent to the degree provided by TU in the same discipline.

Admission Criteria

The candidate willing to appear in the entrance examination to get enrollment into the M.Sc. program should fill and submit the Application Form online within the deadline prescribed by the Entrance Exam Board. Application forms will be available on the websites: or The application procedures are as follows:

1. The candidate should deposit the required amount as an application fee for the entrance examination in Account No mentioned in the notice by submitting a specially prepared voucher often by filling the applicant's name and date of birth in it. The voucher No. indicated in the voucher needs to be specified in the online application form.

2. The candidate must select the appropriate entrance stream.

3. The candidate should fill up the other required fields in the form without skipping any steps.

4. The candidate also needs to upload his/her color photograph of the prescribed specification and one of the following identification documents.

  • Citizenship certificate
  • Passport
  • The last exam admit card

If any change has to be done on the submitted information in an application form, the candidate has to pay an extra fee to edit six or fewer numbers of normal text fields. For name, photo, or ID document correction, he/she has to pay more amounts at ICTC and submit a letter of request for correction with the payment voucher

Seat/Quota distribution for M.Sc Program

Total Intake

Regular Merit

IOE Reserved

Full Fee







  1. One seat in a regular category and One seat in the full fee category are reserved for female candidates in each program
  2. One seat is reserved for IOE faculty. For IOE Reserved Quota, priority will be given to permanent IOE faculty. If there are no applicants from permanent IOE faculty, then priority will be given to faculties who have completed 5 years as contract faculty. If there is no applicant in the IOE reserve quota, it is added to the Full Fee Seat. 1/4th of the sponsored quota is reserved for Foreign students.
  3. Priority for the sponsored quota will be as follows:
    1. 1st Priority: Candidates from government offices & Government Owned Organizations or Companies
    2. 2nd Priority: Other Organizations
  4. If applications are not received in sponsored/foreign category, then the seat will be fulfilled as the full fee category.

Curricular Structure

The 60 credit course of the program spans over two years duration, divided into four semesters. The first, second, and the last semester holds 16 credits whereas the third semester holds 12. The subject wise curriculum of the program is listed below:

First Semester
Course Type Course Title Learning Type Credits
Core I Planning History and Theory Theory 4
Core II.a Urban Sociology and Demography Theory and Method 2
Core II.b Infrastructure Planning Theory 2
Core III City Planning and Techniques Theory 4
Core IV.a Regional Planning Theory 2
Core IV.b Urban Design and Conservation Theory 2
Total     16
Second Semester
Course Type Course Title Learning Type Credits
Core V Research Methodology Method 4
Core VI Planning Studio I Studio 4
Elective Elective I Theory 4
Elective Elective II Theory 4
Total     16
Third Semester
Course Type Course Title Learning Type Credits
Elective Elective Theory 4
Elective Interdepartmental Course Studio 4
Project Planning Studio II Studio 4
Total     12
Fourth Semester
Course Type Course Title Learning Type Credits
  Thesis Work ----- 16
Elective I
Geospatial Technologies for Urban Planning
Planning Legislation
Urban Economic Theory
Urban Housing and Real Estate Development
Elective II
Planning and Urban Resilience
Energy for Sustainable Urban Planning
Urban Modeling and Simulation
Project Development and Professional Practice
Energy-Efficient Housing
Transport Planning
Elective III
Urban Governance and Planning Politics
Urban Regeneration
Urban Economics and Finance
Urban Informal Sector
Participatory Planning and Community Development
Urban Ecological and Landscape Planning