Pursuant to consolidation Act 172 of February 27, 2018 on Universities (the University Act), the following is established. The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for The Faculty.
The Master's programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Ministerial Order no. 1328 of November 15, 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) with subsequent changes. Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 106 of February 12, 2018 (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 programme is a 2-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme 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 at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/
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.
It is assumed that the student can read academic texts in his or her native language as well as in English and use reference works etc. in other European languages.
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 curriculum for the Master’s programme in Engineering in Sustainable Cities takes point of departure from the possibilities and barriers cities and regions have globally to create sustainable futures and to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The curriculum focuses on the environmental sustainability of the three Sustainable Development pillars and focuses mainly on cities in developed countries. The curriculum focuses on elements from the following 7 goals out of the 17 SDGs: Clean water and sanitation, Affordable and clean energy, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption and production, and Climate action.
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 figure below presents an overview of the contents and course of the programme:
The programme’s first two semesters are focused on the four infrastructure sectors, theories of science and research design as well as infrastructure synergies. Within each of the infrastructure courses tools, theories and methods are introduced that may also be relevant to apply for other sectors or across sectors. Cross-disciplinary courses address the cross-sectoral concerns. The courses for each infrastructure sector use a stepwise approach:
The first semester themes are waste, resources and energy planning and students are encouraged to focus the project module on these sectors. In the second semester, transport/mobility as well as water management and climate change adaptation are the focus. Students are encouraged to focus the project module on these two sectors, but are required to also include at least one other sector to identify potential conflicts and synergies within challenges and solutions. This is supported by the urban infrastructure synergies course.
The focus of the third and fourth semester is to further develop and enhance the skills acquired in semester one and two. The focus throughout the program is environmental sustainable development and 7 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In general, these are related in the following way to the courses:
The table below presents an overview of project modules and course modules of the four semesters of the Master’s programme:
Offered as: 1-professional
|Module name||Course type||ECTS||Applied grading scale||Evaluation method||Assessment method|
|Waste Management, Resources and Energy Planning in 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 or oral exam|
|Transitioning from Wasteful to Sustainable Cities||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Energy Planning for Sustainable Cities||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Water Management, Transport Planning and Infrastructure Synergies||Project||15||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Sustainable Transport and Mobility||Course||5||7-point grading scale||Internal examination||Written or oral exam|
|Urban Infrastructure Synergies||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||60||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||30||7-point grading scale||External examination||Oral exam based on a project|
Option 2 - International or National Credit
By prior approval of the Study Board, the 3rd Semester may be transferred to another educational institution in Denmark or abroad. Prior approval (pre-credit) may be expected if the studies at another educational institution can give the student knowledge, skills and competences corresponding to the extent and knowledge, skills and competences that could otherwise be acquired by following the “Project Semester – with or without Integrated Internship”, see above.
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 Department of Planning's website.
The curriculum is approved by the dean of the Techincal Faculty for IT and Design and enters into force as of 01.09.2019.
Students, who wish to complete their studies under the previous curriculum from 2017, must conclude their education by the summer examination period 2020 at the latest, since examinations under the previous curriculum are not offered after this time.