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Urban Design, MSc in Engineering

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The MSc programme in Urban Design with a specialization in Mobilities & Urban Studies, Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology is divided into four semesters running respectively from September to January and from February to June (January and June partly reserved for exams). Thus, students will typically complete the programme in 2 years. Each semester is subdivided into three or four course modules and one project module. All courses are conducted in English.

Students will work problem-orientated and are given options in the project modules as they can select among different projects and some courses within the general semester theme. Moreover, the Master Thesis on the 4th semester can be selected freely within the field of Mobilities and Urban Studies. In this way students can specialise due to their particular interests and develop their own academic profile related to mobility and urban questions along the educational semesters.

See description of semesters below or in curriculum.

Description of semesters

1st semester - Analysing Contemporary Mobilities

The first semester of Mobilities & Urban Studies offers a solid and innovative introduction to theory and methods concerning contemporary mobility and urban environments. The objective is to strengthen the student’s ability to understand and analyse specific cases of contemporary mobilities (e.g. transit spaces, everyday life mobility, virtual mobility and communication) in the light of the cross-disciplinary ‘mobilities turn’. The project aims at giving the student an opportunity to apply theories and methods with a particular focus on societal needs and challenges in relation to technological infrastructures.

  • Project - Analysing Contemporary Mobilities (10 ECTS)
  • Course - The Mobilities Turn (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Mobility Technologies and Infrastructures (5 ECTS)
  • Course - Applied Philosophy of Science and Mobile Methods (5 ECTS)

2nd semester - Mobilities: Place & Culture

The second semester of Mobilities & Urban Studies addresses place theory and cultural theory in relation to mobilities, with the aim that students achieves an understanding of interrelations between place, culture and the mobilities perspective. The project module aims at giving the students the opportunity to develop a theoretical approach alongside their empirical investigations related to mobilities

You must choose between the following projects:

  • Designing Urban Mobility (15 ECTS)
  • Mobilities: Place and Culture (15 ECTS)

On 2nd semester, you also choose between the following options:

  • Simulating and Modeling Urban Flows (5 ECTS)
  • Theories of the Network City and its Technologies (5 ECTS)
  • Site Morphology and Landscape Techniques (5 ECTS)
  • Mobilities: Policy, Branding and Place Management (5 ECTS)
  • Mobilities and Tracking technologies (5 ECTS)
  • Mobile Culture and Communication (5 ECTS)
  • Mobilities Design: Concept and Diagram (5 ECTS)

3rd semester - Sustainable Mobilities (Proffesional Development)

The third semester of Mobilities & Urban Studies offers five possibilities: The possibility of internships in firms or organisations working with mobility; study at another university; writing a Long Masters Thesis; or two different course-semesters at Aalborg University. One with the theme “Sustainable Mobilities” and another with the theme "Global Challenges and Urban technologies". 

4th semester – Masters Thesis in Mobilities & Urban Studies

The fourth semester of the MSc programme in Mobilities & Urban Studies is devoted for students to write their Masters Thesis in a mobility and urban related topic of their choosing.

You can read more about Mobilities & Urban Studies, the courses, the study format, career etc. at the local homepage for Mobilities & Urban Studies.

Read about internship or study abroad from Mobilities & Urban Studies at Aalborg University



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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.

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