Pursuant to Act 261 of March 18, 2015 on Universities (the University Act) with subsequent changes, the following curriculum for the Master's programme in Sustainable Cities is stipulated. The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, and The Faculty of Medicine.
The Master’s Programme in Sustainable Cities is a 2-year programme (1st-4th Semester) which builds on a relevant bachelor’s programme of 3 years. The programme is performed with a special view to the theoretical and methodical handling of complex and new engineering problems. In the last Semester of the programme, a master’s thesis is prepared.
This curriculum takes effect as of September 1, 2017.
The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1061 of June 30, 2016 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 1062 of June 30, 2016 on University Examinations (the Examination Order). Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 258 of March 18, 2015 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order) with subsequent changes.
The programme is offered in Copenhagen.
The Master’s programme falls under Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University.
The Master’s programme falls under Study Board of Planning, Geography and Surveying
The Master’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on Nationwide engineering examiners/Building
Applicants with a legal right of admission (retskrav)
Applicants without legal right of admission
The Master’s programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Civilingeniør, cand.polyt. i bæredygtig byudvikling. The English designation is: Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Cities).
The Master’s program is a 2-year, research-based, full-time study program. The program is set to 120 ECTS credits.
The Study Board can approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from other Master’s programmes in lieu of programme elements in this programme (credit transfer). The Study Board can also approve successfully completed (passed) programme elements from another Danish programme or a programme outside of Denmark at the same level in lieu of programme elements within this curriculum. Decisions on credit transfer are made by the Study Board based on an academic assessment. See the Joint Programme Regulations for the rules on credit transfer.
In exceptional circumstances, the Study Board study can grant exemption from those parts of the curriculum that are not stipulated by law or ministerial order. Exemption regarding an examination applies to the immediate examination.
The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published by the faculty on their website.
In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.
The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).
The Master’s Thesis must include an English summary (or another foreign language: French, Spanish or German upon approval by the Study Board). If the project is written in English, the summary must be in Danish (The Study Board can grant exemption from this). The summary must be at least 1 page and not more than 2 pages (this is not included in any fixed minimum and maximum number of pages per student). The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.
At programmes taught in Danish, it is assumed that the student can read academic texts in modern Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English and use reference works, etc., in other European languages. At programmes taught in English, it is assumed that the student can read academic text and use reference works, etc., in English.
The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:
A Candidatus graduate has the following competency profile:
A Candidatus graduate has competencies that have been acquired via a course of study that has taken place in a research environment.
A Candidatus graduate is qualified for employment on the labour market based on his or her academic discipline as well as for further research (PhD programmes). A Candidatus graduate has, compared to a Bachelor, developed his or her academic knowledge and independence so as to be able to apply scientific theory and method on an independent basis within both an academic and a professional context.
The graduate of the Master’s programme
The programme is modular and organised as a problem-based study. A module is a discipline or a group of disciplines, which has the objective of giving the student a series of professional qualifications within a specified time frame, indicated in ECTS credits and completed with one or more examinations within certain examination periods. The examinations are described and delimited in the curriculum.
The programme builds on a combination of professional, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and is organised on the basis of the following work and evaluation forms combining skills and professional reflection:
The table below presents an overview of project modules and course modules of the four Semesters of the Master’s Programme. The Master’s Programme includes teaching in theories of science and research methods corresponding to a 5 ECTS course module. This course is taught during the first Semester of the programme.
All modules are graded individually according to the 7-point grading scale or pass/fail (P/F). All modules are assessed through an external examination (external examiner) or an internal examination (second internal examiner or no second examiner).
|Study programme: Sustainable Cities|
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation method||Assessment method|
|The Role of Organisations and Business in Developing Sustainable Cities||Project||15||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Theories of Science and Research Designs||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written exam|
|Challenges and Planning for Sustainable Cities||Course||5||Passed/Not Passed||Internal examination||Active participation/continuous evaluation|
|Tools and Approaches to Sustainable Development||Course||5||Passed/Not Passed||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Sustainable Cities from an Institutional and Societal Perspective||Project||15||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Policy, Planning and Governance||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Systems and Structures of the City||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Economic, Social and Environmental Impact Assessment||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Professional Development||Project||30||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||30||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
During the 1st and 2nd Semesters, the student is, by prior application, allowed to construct a course of study which meets the objectives of the given Semester. The project work may here be replaced by other study activities (cf. the Joint Programme Regulations).
During the 3rd Semester, the student can choose freely from the following types of Semesters: 1) Project Semester – with or without integrated, project-oriented internship, or 2) International or national courses rewarding credit, or 3) Extended final project (60 ECTS Master’s thesis), (cf. the project module description of the 3rd Semester). In relation to option 1), the student who has completed the 1st and 2nd Semesters of Sustainable Cities may also choose to attend the 1st Semester of the Master’s Programme of Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning or MSc in Geography, or other programmes, upon the specific assessment of the Study Board.
The programme is in English.
The current version of the curriculum is published on the Board of Studies’ website, including more detailed information about the programme, including exams.
All students who have not participated in Aalborg University’s PBL introductory course during their Bachelor’s degree must attend the introductory course “Problem-based Learning and Project Management”. The introductory course must be approved before the student can participate in the project exam. For further information, please see the School of Architecutre, Design and Planning's website.
This curriculum is approved by the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design and takes effect as of September 1, 2017.
Students who wish to complete their studies under the previous curriculum from 2012 must conclude their education by the summer examination period 2018 at the latest, since examinations under the previous curriculum are not offered after this time.
Minor editorial changes have been made in connection with the digitalisation of the curriculum.