MUNDUS URBANO - Master of Science in International Cooperation and Urban Development

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Master Erasmus Mundus
In Barcelona (Spain)

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Typology Master
Location Barcelona (Spain)
Duration 2 Years
Start October
Credits 120
  • Master
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • Start:
  • Credits: 120

Mundus Urbano (MU) is an interdisciplinary Master of Science programme specialising in International Cooperation and Urban Development, jointly offered by four European universities. It addresses the dynamic challenges faced throughout the world due to rapid urbanisation processes.

For the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population lives in cities, a number which is expected to reach 6.4 billion people by 2050. This means that the urban population will double in the coming decades, whereas the urban built-up area will triple.

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Where and when

Starts Location
Barcelona, Spain
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Starts October
Barcelona, Spain
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· Requirements

In order to be considered as a student of the Mundus Urbano Masters programme, applicants must provide proof of a set of eligibility criteria, including academic qualification, relevant work experience, language proficiency in English and a convincing justification for selecting this course in light of personal interest and intended career development.


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Connor Cox
5.0 01/09/2012
What I would highlight: I grew up in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan region in Minnesota, USA. I attended Arizona State University and studied Sustainability with an emphasis on architecture and urban development. In 2010, I began working for a green building consultancy in Phoenix, Arizona that specializes in project management of LEED certified buildings. I plan to focus my future research on transit-oriented development and hope to begin a career in transit planning. The Mundus Urbano program provides me with a unique opportunity to learn about urban development in an international and interdisciplinary context.
What could be improved: I liked everything
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

What you'll learn on the course

Urban Planning
Civil Engineering
Urban culture
Urban Development Studies
Public participation & community inclusion
Gender friendly cities
Organizational Development
Sustainable urban infrastructure
Urban heritage preservation
Conflict Management
Urban violence & crime prevention
Land management & security of tenure

Teachers and trainers (3)

Annette Rudolph-Cleff
Annette Rudolph-Cleff
Programme direction

Professor Annette Rudolph-Cleff coordinates the Mundus Urbano Consortium and the Master's programme at TU-Darmstadt, with the support from deputy directors Jörg Dettmar and Jochen Monstadt to fulfil organisational issues. Annette holds a PhD from Karlsruhe University of Technology and is the head of TU-Darmstadt's chair for Urban Development and Design since 2006. Previously, she taught at the universities of Wuppertal and Karlsruhe. Aside from her teaching obligations, Annette is committed to research projects on energy efficiency and related fields.

Lauren Ugur
Lauren Ugur
Consortium management

M.Sc. Lauren Ugur has been involved with the Mundus Urbano programme since 2007, first as a student, and since 2009 as the programme manager. Lauren is responsible for EU-consortium communication and administration and is currently also pursuing her doctorate as a PhD candidate at TU-Darmstadt, focusing on urban violence prevention.

Pierre Böhm
Pierre Böhm
Programme management - TU-Darmstadt

Dipl.-Ing. Pierre Böhm joined the Mundus Urbano programme as a manager in October 2011 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the programme and courses held at TU-Darmstadt during the first year. Pierre also pursues his PhD focusing on colonial urban development.

Course programme

Year 1: TU-Darmstadt

Full-time courses and workshops with lectures by TU-Darmstadt and visiting professors, and diverse methods of practice and evaluation, such as group work and discussions, essay writing and oral presentations. This year also includes local and/or international excursions.

  • Module 1: Urban Planning
    Courses on urban planning, civil engineering, ecology & landscaping, socio-economic & cultural challenges, conviviality & urban culture, governance, and slum upgrading. This module is supported by training on presentations and time management, and is finalized with two workshops about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.
  • Module 2: Urban Development Studies
    Courses on public participation & community inclusion, gender friendly cities, organizational development, sustainable urban infrastructure, and urban heritage preservation. This module is supported by training on paper writing, and is finalized with a workshop about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module.
  • Module 3: Urban Management
    Courses on conflict management, urban violence & crime prevention, land management & security of tenure, taxation, urban health & education services, municipal budgeting & finance, and city marketing. An international excursion supplements this module.
  • Module 4: International Cooperation and Project Skills
    Courses on statistic-based decision making, project planning, project management, disaster management, project finance & budgeting, development aid & funding agencies, and proposal writing. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module, which is finalized with a two-week workshop, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.
Year 2: European partner university or TU-Darmstadt

Upon successful completion of the first year in TU-Darmstadt and depending on students' mobility preference, Mundus Urbano students are admitted to spend the second year of the programme at one of the partner universities in France, Catalunya or Italy. Students in this case are awarded a double-degree.

Self-financed and third-party financed students also have the possibility to remain at TU-Darmstadt to complete the second year. In this case, successful graduates will receive a Master of Science degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development from TU-Darmstadt only.

Additional information

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.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Erasmus Mundus scholarships cover the tuition fees, health insurance and compulsory administrative/operational costs.

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