Sustainable Cities, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Internationally, cities pose a significant challenge to sustainable transition, both environmentally, socially and economically. In the future, up to 70-80% of the world population will live in cities, which emphasizes the importance to handle the challenges they pose. It is essential to plan city development within and across professions and infrastructure sectors, like energy, mobility, water, waste, etc.

During the Master of Science in Sustainable Cities offered by Aalborg University Copenhagen, you will learn how to influence and plan for how we deal with climate change mitigation, adaption and related technical, social, environmental and economic problems in our cities, and how urban infrastructures and systems can transition to being more sustainable. 

Jobs and career

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. The master includes a 4 month internship in a company or organization in Denmark or abroad.

Examples of job titles graduates for this engineering Master can pursue include:

  • Energy manager
  • Consulting engineer
  • Urban infrastructural planner
  • Project manager
  • Renewable energy planner
  • Water manager
  • City mobility planner
  • Resource manager
  • Researcher
  • Impact assessment expert

Graduates of the programme can pursue career paths in organisations such as:

  • Energy companies and local authorities, creating the basis for renewable energy systems in cities.
  • Local authorities, companies and consultancies working with mobility management in urban areas.
  • NGOs and research centres promoting sustainable construction or energy efficiency.
  • Governmental and municipal organizations as well as private companies planning for sustainable infrastructures

Project examples for sustainable city professionals:

  • Design for waste management systems
  • Designing and implementing smart city solutions
  • Organise transport logistics to help reduce traffic congestion
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing renewable energy projects
  • Green real-estate development plans
  • Present projects to attract company investments 

Programme Structure

Graduates from Sustainable Cities are capable of thinking across sectors, analysing consequences in multiple areas and including stakeholders such as government, citizens, companies and environmental organisations. After graduating from the programme, the students will have the skills and knowledge to tackle issues of sustainability from several angles. 

First by understanding sustainability issues of four main infrastructure sectors being 1) energy, 2) water, 3) mobility and 4) resources (waste). Second, by looking at political science, synergies across sectors, how to understand and promote changes in established systems and different forms of impact assessment.

During the two-year Master’s programme students will be presented to specific tools for quantifying and analysing the challenges, and they will learn to understand how policy, citizens, practice and organizations influence sustainable transitions.

Detailed Programme Facts

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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    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

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.

Entrance requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

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    12417 EUR/year
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    Based on the original amount of 12417 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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DKK 92,500

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5936 - 8300 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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