• Sep 2016 – Aug 2017

  • 3 terms – Criteria, Thesis, Field trip

  • 60 ECTS

  • Taught in English

  • €9,570 Fee (Includes Field Trip)

MUsquareA Mundus Urbano Course

Our one-year program is a second-year mobility within the prestigious Mundus Urbano master (Darmstadt University), forming part of the Mundus Urbano Masters Programme jointly offered by four European Universities: Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU-Darmstadt), Universite Pierre Mendes France (UPMF), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), and Università degli Studi Roma Tor Vergata.
 

Overview

The ever-growing impact of climate change, military conflicts, rapid urbanization and economic crises present a clear need and opportunity for qualified professionals in both developed and developing countries. This is one of the only master’s degree with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture. It provides students with the necessary theoretical and methodological background in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach and manage projects in cooperation and sustainable development ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Methodology

Professionals involved in these areas need to understand that their role in the complex system of international cooperation is to seek holistic solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and citizen participation. It is essential to understand the physical, social and cultural substrate of the cities or territories in which we are going to intervene and analyze the context at all scales throughout the intervention process in order to establish a critical approach and proposals in accordance to their urban legacies.

Learning Outcomes

Delving into three main topics: international cooperation, sustainable development, and emergency architecture, the program includes courses with a multidisciplinary approach to urban and architectural strategies that promote social cohesion. Students will acquire the proper skills to develop a critical analysis and management capacity of complex problems in a variety of contexts, learn to maximize human resources to support local actors in post-disaster scenarios and tackle urban upgrading strategies in both developed and developing countries. Students will also obtain a certificate from our partner organization IFRC.

Admissions

Who Can Apply

Applicants must have a university degree. The program is aimed at graduates from the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Geography

How to Apply

You can apply online or send the necessary documentation to our Admissions office via snail mail.

Cost

The  € 9,570 fee includes:

  • 480€ – Enrolment fee
  • 60 credits x 151,50€/cr
  • Field trip costs

Necessary Documentation

In all cases:

– Two ID-sized photos
– Photocopy of your Spanish identity card (DNI) or passport
– Updated curriculum vitae
– Portfolio
– Motivation letter
– Attested photocopy of any other university degrees, including postgraduate degrees
– University degrees and academic transcripts are accepted in Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian. Documents in any other language must be officially translated into one of these languages.
– Certificate indicating your level of English:
First Certificate in English (FCE)
TOEFL 61-79/173-210/500-547
IELTS 5.0/5.5/6.0
Trinity Grades 7, 8, 9

Students with an official European Union university degree:

– Original attested photocopy of your university degree or a document certifying that your degree has been recognized, or an original attested photocopy of the receipt for payment of the fee to have the degree issued
– Original attested photocopy of the academic transcript of your university studies

Students with an official foreign university degree (outside the European Union):

– Original attested photocopy of your university degree
– Original attested photocopy of the academic transcript of your university studies

Course Structure & Syllabus

CRITERIA– Sep 2016-Feb 2017

Students attend daily classes and professor-led workshops that provide an integral and multidisciplinary understanding of project management, sustainable urban development policies and the economic and social policies that influence urban regeneration based on practical knowledge of complex local situations.

Courses


Emergency Shelter and Settlements
– Introduction to Emergency and Urban development
– Humanitarian Shelter and settlements *Course certified by IFRC
– Urban growth and City resilience
Urban Development and Community Design
– Governance, Participation, and Social Design
– Bottom Up Strategies for Urban Regeneration
Socio-Spatial Strategies
– Socio Spatial Workshop for Integrated Urban Upgrading
– Participation as a Tool for Upgrading
– Environmental Justice and Urban Development
– Participatory planning and Community Design

THESIS – Nov 2016-May 2017

Students undertake their individual research projects under the supervision of a tutor which will focus on specific post-emergency scenarios, urban development, prototypes and disaster management. This module includes lectures on practical matters and methodology to assist students in writing and developing their thesis. Students will defend their thesis before a final jury comprised of faculty members and a special guest juror.

FIELD TRIP & INTERNSHIP – Jun-Aug 2017

The course includes a field trip to developing contexts where we partner with other universities and local entities on sustainable development and emergency projects. Students are also placed in an internship with one of our many collaborating institutions and organizations in the area of international cooperation.

Internship institutions include:


Center for Public Interest Design
CESAL
Fons Catalá de Cooperació
GWOPA (Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance)
Habitat for Humanity
Housing Department Sao Bernando do Campo
IRC
MSF
Pla Estel
Rapid Planning
Shelter Centre
SPARC Mumbai
TAO-Pilipinas
UCLG
UN-Habitat
UNHCR
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
UNRWA
Universidad Sin Fronteras
VPUU (Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading)