Urban design, msc in technology

Urban Design

Urban Design

Do you want to help shape the cities of the future? The Urban Design programme in Aalborg University enables you to work in a design-academic and analytical manner with complex spatial, urban-planning and development-oriented urban issues. Choose between the specializations Urban architecture, as well as mobility & urban Studies.

On the two-year Master’s degree programme in Urban Design, you specialise in one of the following areas:

The focal point of the Master's degree programme in Urban Design is the context, function and form of the city, and the societal challenges facing the city: climate change, sustainability, welfare, urban growth and urban monp. 

The programme focuses on developing knowledge, skills and competencies to identify and work with complex urban issues in an integrated academic perspective that combines architectural, functional, technical and social science aspects.

With a master's degree in Urban Design, you will be able to take part in the important interdisciplinary task of creating innovative, sustainable and functional cities that meet the living conditions of the future and create a fertile ground for well-being and development.

At Urban Design, you will work in a practical and theoretical manner with academic issues. You will work extensively with urban, architectural and mobility theory, and develop a strong, broad toolbox with both analogue and digital methods for analysis, design and communication: from sketching and modelling, to citizen involvement and ethnography, and to tracking and simulation technologies.

We place great emphasis on providing you with the framework for developing an independent and strong academic foundation, so that you can work professionally with the city's complex contexts and structures, in different geographies and scales, from region to village, from district to urban spaces, from development strategy to paving.

This takes place in a dynamic and research-based learning environment with your fellow students and teaching staff. The teaching is organised with both problem-based project studios, where you work in groups of typically 4-5 students, and with course activity with lectures and exercises.

We go on excursions and study trips, do project collaborations with Design studios, municipalities and other stakeholders, involve you in current research projects, and create together academic inspiration and networking when we organise seminars, open lectures, exhibitions and the annual Urban Design Day.


Urban Design is read either as Master of technology or Master of Science in Engineering depending on which bachelor you have passed. The Master of Science in Engineering is for those who come with a Bachelor of architecture and Design from AAU or another similar technical Bachelor’s degree programme, while Master of technology is for those with another relevant Bachelor’s degree. Read more about this under the tab "Admission and admission requirements".

It is important that you – before you apply for admission on your degree programme – have made yourself aware of the title you qualify for on the basis of your bachelor (see admission requirement here) and the specialisation you wish to apply for.

Whether you can get into the programme and conclude it with either a Master of technology or Master of engineering, depends on your qualifications, while the choice of specialisation will depend on your interests and the academic profile you want.

As a student at aau, you encounter...


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.

the city of aalborg

As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.


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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

learn more about Pbl at aau