MA Urban Studies

Advanced Master of Science Programme – International Cooperation in Urban Development (Mundus Urbano)

Mundus Urbano (MU) is an interdisciplinary Master of Science programme specialising in International Cooperation and Urban Development, jointly offered by four European universities: Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU) as host institution, Université Pierre Mendès France (UPMF), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), and Università degli Studi di Roma – Tor Vergata.

MU addresses the dynamic challenges faced throughout the world due to rapid urbanisation processes. It provides adequate professional and academic solutions that are required to address the steadily increasing needs in the field of urban development and international cooperation. The two-year course is innovative in its transdisciplinary set-up and arranges knowledge around emerging global phenomena, rather than only around purely academic frameworks. All students spend the first year of the two-year programme at TU-Darmstadt. The second year is completed either at TU-Darmstadt itself or in one of the partner institutions, resulting in a double-degree award.

The programme was founded in 2006 and since 2008 has been an Erasmus Mundus associated programme. Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education, which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning and aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries.

DEGREE Master of Science Architecture – International Cooperation in Urban Development (M.Sc.)
FINAL WORK Master Thesis
DURATION 4 Semesters
CREDIT SYSTEM 120 CP* (Credit Points)
*1 CP = 30 working hours, per Semester 30 CP)
NUMBER OF STUDENTS Maximum of 30 per year
LANGUAGE English is the official language of tuition in all courses and exams, although a number of elective courses can be taught in the national language (German in Darmstadt, Spanish/Catalan in Barcelona; Italian in Rome, French in Grenoble). Universities offer national language courses to Mundus Urbano students for no additional charge.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS _Academic requirements. Applicants must provide proof of successful completion of a first university degree or the equivalent to a bachelor degree in the European Community within at least one of the following fields and their related disciplines: Architecture, Urban, town or regional planning, Human geography, Sociology/Anthropology, and/or Civil Engineering. Grades obtained in previous university studies must be 'good' or better.
_Professional requirements. General knowledge and understanding of urban development and/or international cooperation issues is an essential asset to benefit most from the courses offered in the Mundus Urbano programme. Such understanding is best achieved through a minimum of one year of previous work experience (including volunteer work and/or internships) in a profession related to the subjects of study.
If the work experience of an applicant is shorter or in a different field, the experience may be compensated by a relevant subject studied for a previous university degree (for example urban planning, architecture, urban sociology, geography, urban economics, politics etc.) or by relevant personal publications.
_Motivation. University degrees and positions held on their own do not always serve as reliable indicators for the suitability of an applicant for an interdisciplinary education course. Therefore a motivation letter (one to two pages) written in English by the applicant is requested in order to illustrate his or her good understanding of the course’s objectives and it’s usefulness for the applicant’s personal career. This motivation letter is an extremely important part of the application.
INTERSHIPS Mundus Urbano students are strongly encouraged to take internships. In the first year, internships are possible during the semester break periods, in March-April and/or August-September. In the second year, a period of at least three months should be dedicated to an internship related to the student's field of study. Depending on the case and interest of each student, TU-Darmstadt and partner universities can facilitate contacts and bureaucratic procedures for application.
TUITION FEES Self-financed students generally pay a total of €8.000 for the first year. Depending on their mobility choice (i.e. the university where they continue studies after the first year in TU-Darmstadt), the tuition fee varies between €4.000 and €9.000 for the second year. In addition, German universities require an additional student union membership fee of around €250 per semester, which also covers free public transportation in and around Darmstadt, and allows for discounts at the university cafeterias. However, tuition fees do not cover health insurance, student union contributions, other administrative fees, living costs, books or study trips.
Funding opportunities involve a huge variety of scholarships, such as Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, German Academic Exchange service (DAAD), and many other possibilities. More information can be found on the official website of the programme.
APPLICATION DEADLINE December 1st of each year for Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications and April 15th for self or third-party financed students.
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Rudolph-Cleff

For further information please check mundus-urbano.eu