Cities and Sustainability, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
Cities & Sustainability at Aalborg University follows a worldwide trend towards rapidly growing metropolises, which requires an increased focus on environmental and climate issues in cities and towns.


The specialisation Cities and Sustainability in the master's programme Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning is focusing on how to create stronger urban environments and qualities by using a more holistic, multidisciplinary and participatory approach, placing citizens at the centre, and creating benefits and life quality for the city’s inhabitants and users.


Last year of the education focus on exchange, and in the specialisation it is therefore expected that students wish to work internationally and inter-culturally.

Cities and Sustainability specialisation comes out of the The Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master in Environmental Studies - Cities & Sustainability (JEMES CiSu).

Four European collaborators:

  • Aalborg University
  • Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
  • Technische Universität Hamburg
  • Universidade de Aveiro

The programme is fully delivered in English and aims to enable excellent graduates with first degrees in engineering, science, management and planning to successfully deal with complex urban processes and problems across international, cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

Career opportunities

By bringing scholars and students from all over the world together in a rich and challenging international study programme with tailor made pathways, real-world experience and profound research knowledge, CiSu trains prospective European and Overseas environmental specialists whose sound education in innovative technologies and management strategies will enable them to treat environmental problems from an interdisciplinary point of view.

Training considers the needs in developing as well as in industrialised countries. Graduates will successfully handle all major aspects of their professional field and have an extensive overview of new developments and future trends in the area. Graduates will enjoy privileged access to prominent enterprises and institutions in the in public and private sector worldwide.

Graduates enter the international employment market working:

  • with enterprises dealing with high end technological products and services
  • as consultants making technology assessment and innovation /change management
  • with governmental institutes dealing with innovation policy and strategy
  • with relevant research and higher education institutions

Programme Structure

The first semester (at AAU or UAB) focuses on providing students a strong and comprehensive foundation in understanding the complexities of urban development, globalization, sustainability and quality of life. The aim for the semester is preparation of suggestions to environmental and sustainability management improvements in the city context.

The second semester (at TUHH or UA) offers a comprehensive focus on risk assessment and engineering solutions to various environmental, social, economic and political problem areas that cities exhibit, e.g. integrated waste management, air and water pollution, energy consumption. The aim of the semester is preparation of suggestions for technical improvements and development to solve complex problems associated with urban development and sustainability.

The third semester (third country + one of the European universities) has a strong focus on project work and gaining practical experience. It is dedicated to professional development and the semester will enable students to appreciate theoretical reflective work practice and challenges and to demonstrate proficiency in innovation and integration processes as well as management and implementation of technological and organisational change projects. The aim of the semester is to:

  • Design and execute an individual project study within the topics of the programme
  • Gain practical experience within the subject field
  • Analyse and reflect on educational experiences and professional practice
  • Clarify the Master's Thesis topic.

It is the intention that the mobility to a third country and the work there is combined with comparative work in one of the European cities participating in the Master's course. This is supported by one of the four European university partners through additional course modules, or supervision of the students' project work.

During the fourth semester (same European university as the third semester), the Master's Thesis is completed. In some cases and depending on the university, the Thesis may be combined with the third semester in an extended Thesis. The Master's Thesis is co-supervised by at least 2 partner universities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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).

  • Minimum required score:


    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).

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent, at a second-class (upper) level or higher, in an engineering, science, technology, or management subject;

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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in Danish Currency 92.200 DKK per year anno 2017

Living costs for Aalborg

5790 - 8150 DKK/month
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