Pursuant to consolidation Act 778 of August 7, 2019 on Universities (the University Act), the following is established. The programme also follows the Joint Programme Regulations and the Examination Policies and Procedures for Aalborg University.
The Master’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 20 of January 9, 2020 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) and Ministerial Order no. 22 of January 9, 2020 on University Examinations (the Examination Order). Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 153 of February 26, 2020 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order).
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 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
All applicants without a legal claim must prove that their English language qualifications is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English
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 that passed programme elements from other educational programmes at the same level replaces programme elements within this programme (credit transfer).
Furthermore, the Study Board can, upon application, approve that parts of this programme is completed at another university or a further education institution in Denmark or abroad (pre-approval of credit transfer).
The Study Board’s decisions regarding credit transfer are based on an academic assessment.
The Study Board’s possibilities to grant exemption, including exemption to further examination attempts and special examination conditions, are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/
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. If the project is written in English, the summary can be in Danish. The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.
It is assumed that the student can read academic texts 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 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:
All modules are assessed through individual grading according to the 7-point scale or passed/not passed. All modules are assessed by external examination (external grading) or internal examination (internal grading) or by assessment by the supervisor only.
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||Master's thesis/final project|
|Master’s Thesis||Project||30||7-point grading scale||External examination||Master's thesis/final project|
International or National Credit
After pre-approval by the Study Board, the 3rd semester may be transferred to another educational institution. Approval (pre-credit) requires that these studies in question can give the student appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies.
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 and enters into force as of 1st September 2020.
The Study Board does not offer teaching after the previous curriculum from 2019 after summer the examinations 2021.
The Study Board will offer examinations after the previous curriculum, if there are students who have used examination attempts in a module without passing. The number of examination attempts follows the rules in the Examination Order.