The Master of Science in Sustainable Cities offered by Aalborg University Copenhagen prepares students to understand the challenges and impact cities and businesses have on the environment, society and the economy, and how sustainable development can help address these modern challenges.
The topics presented by this degree course are especially significant for present times. In the future, population growth and development is expected to result in 70-80% of the world population living in cities. This is one of the reasons why students need to be prepared to understand the challenges presented by sustainable planning in sectors like energy, water, waste, urban planning and more – covered by the Sustainable Cities Master’s degree.
By completing this Master of Science (M.Sc.), students will be able to design long-lasting city systems according to current community needs, raise financing for city projects or gain community support for city developments.
Aalborg University has cooperation agreements with universities in Denmark and abroad, allowing students to enrol at another international university in order to undertake a semester abroad. In the third semester of studies at the Master in Sustainable Cities students have the option of choosing an internship in a private consultancy firm, a public authority or a private NGO. They will be able to prepare their graduation project report according to the activities of the chosen organisation.
Students can start their career advancement early on during the Master’s in Sustainable Cities by working with external partners in semester projects, carried out in cooperation with authorities, companies, NGOs, etc. They are challenged to work on real-life problems and find cost-effective long-term solutions.
Examples of job titles graduates for this engineering Master can pursue include:
After completing the Master’s programme in Sustainable Cities students will have an easier time finding a job in Denmark. However, they will need to speak the Danish language in addition to holding a Danish graduate diploma.
Graduates of the programme can pursue career paths in organisations such as:
Project examples for sustainable city professionals:
The degree offered is Master of Science in Engineering (Sustainable Cities). The courses and the project work are carried out in English. Therefore, the programme is open to Danish as well as international students with a relevant Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or equivalent.
It is a priority for us that you have the opportunity to work with external partners, for instance in your semester projects, which can be carried out in cooperation with authorities, companies, NGOs, etc. This way you get to work on real-life problems, preparing you for your professional career.
Theme: The role of organisations and business in sustainable cities
Each project group chooses a topic for its semester report within the theme of the semester. The topic can be primarily theoretical or empirical and usually takes its point of departure in a specific policy, organisation, or an environmental problem.
Courses offered in the 1st semester:
Theme: Sustainable cities in an institutional and societal perspective
Each project group chooses a topic for its semester report within the theme of the semester. The topic can be primarily theoretical or empirical and usually takes its point of departure in a specific policy, institution, or an environmental problem.
Courses offered in the 2nd semester:
Theme: Internship, study abroad or prolonged project period.
This semester will provide the student with the option of applying the theoretical and methodological knowledge gained during the 1st and 2nd semesters into practice in real life situations in Denmark or abroad. This could take form as an internship within for example a private consultancy firm, a public authority or a private NGO. The choice of internship is made on the basis of your interests. During the internship, you participate in the activities of an organisation and collect information for the project report. The project report is expected to have both a theoretical and empirical part relating to the actual experience of the internship.
An alternative option is to enrol at another (Danish or foreign) university in order to undertake a semester's study there.
Finally, there is an option for adding the 3rd and the 4th semester into a 'prolonged project', if for instance, the research question demands more time and energy for collecting data or conducting field studies.
Theme: Master's Thesis preparation
In the final semester, the main focus is on the writing of the Master's Thesis. Students work individually or in small groups, under the guidance of supervisory staff. The Master's thesis, being the highest level of work undertaken, should aim at synthesising theories and methods in order to perform a potential solution for real life environmental planning and management problems.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
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The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
To enter the Master's programme in Sustainable Cities provided by Aalborg University you must have a relevant Bachelor's degree. The Bachelor in Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning at Aalborg University gives you direct access to this graduate programme. Other relevant Bachelor degrees could be within the fields of engineering, geography, politics or social science. However, all applications for the Master's programme are evaluated individually and the relevancy of the bachelor degree is evaluated through this process.
You can study as a guest student on the first or second semester or as a Master's student following the entire two-year degree programme.
Students seeking to enrol in the programme are required to have a bachelor of science degree in engineering, geography or natural sciences. All applications are evaluated individually. A background of Architectural Technology and Construction Management does not in itself qualify for admission to Sustainable Cities.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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