The Master of Science programme in Mobilities & Urban Studies offers a leading and international oriented academic education focused on mobility – one of few in fact. Mobilities & Urban Studies is located at the Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology at Aalborg University, in Denmark in the northern part of Europe. Mobilities & Urban Studies is a new specialization under the Urban Design masters programme for students motivated to gain the technical skills associated with engineering as well as the theoretical based reflection of social science to understand, design or plan mobility in and around cities – thus to become a “reflecting technologist” as we like to call it. The programme aims at educating students for a new, cross-disciplinary mobility-profession that can contribute to handling the growing challenges facing society, businesses and individuals in relation to the development within mobilities.
Mobilities & Urban Studies aims at educating students for a new, cross-disciplinary profession within mobilities that can contribute to handling the growing challenges facing society, businesses and individuals in relation to the development within mobilities. Specifically, this new profession aims at integrating the diverse challenges that are related to an increasing physical traffic and transportation (by car, plane and train alike), increased use of virtual mobilities (mobile phones and smart transport systems), increasing tourism and migration and the wish for more environmentally friendly and sustainable modes of transportation. The aim of the programme is, thus, to train graduates who are able to contribute to handling the challenges that are related to the various forms of mobilities and to integrate these forms of mobilities at the highest international level. Thus, graduates of the programme must be able to integrate and work out new technological, environmental, urban planning related, economical, organisational, political and social solutions, designs and strategies in the field of mobilities. Upon completing the programme, the graduate must therefore have acquired the following competence profile:
– Extensive knowledge of the social significance of mobilities based on the best international research within the new mobilities turn
– Ability to perform scientific reflection on relevant mobilities theories and methods and to identify scientific problems within development, technology, politics and strategies in relation to mobilities
– Theoretical and methodological knowledge of the social significance and consequences of various forms of mobilities
– Knowledge of theories of science and the methodological foundation of various theories of mobilities
– Ability to understand, explain and reflect on the potentials and limitations of relevant theories and methods of mobilities
– Master the scientific methods, techniques and tools pertaining to mobilities at an advanced level and have proficiencies in relation to employment in the field of mobilities in the public and private sectors as well as in research
– Ability to identify the theories, methods, techniques and tools pertaining to mobilities and, with a basis in science, create solutions within mobility technology, management or research
– Ability to independently create technologies, policies or strategies in relation to how best to control the development within the field of mobilities
– Ability to assess theoretical, technological and practical problems in the field of mobilities and substantiate, work out and select relevant solutions
– Ability to communicate research-based knowledge and discuss scientific problems with peers and non-specialists alike with regards to mobilities
– Ability to understand relationships between society and the development of mobilities
– Ability to initiate and implement new cross-disciplinary collaborations and solutions between the multifarious professions affected by recent mobilities research
– Ability to manage complicated and unpredictable situations in relation to work and development requiring new solutions in the field of mobilities
– Ability to contribute to continued professional development and innovation in the field of mobilities
Mobilities and Urban Studies contains three main cross-disciplinary fields that meet the professional, social challenges:
Understanding and motivated application of relevant theories and methods within mobility research and urban studies.
Theories and practical application of planning and organisation within mobilities and city development.
Analysis and application of relevant methods, designs and technologies pertaining to mobilities and infrastructures.
All in all, the graduates will, thus, gain knowledge, proficiencies and competencies in mobilities and urban studies relating to the main fields of analysis and theory, organisation and planning, and technology and infrastructure. A master in Mobilities and Urban Studies must consequently be able to analyse and understand, organize and plan and also implement and intervene with solutions to the social challenges within the field of mobilities. Graduates of the master programme in Mobilities and Urban Studies are, thus, “reflecting technologists”.
Mobilities and Urban Studies has its research basis in the Center for Mobilities & Urban Studies (C-MUS) at Aalborg University. The centre, which opened in 2008, is internationally recognised as a leading mobility research centre, has a basis that spans three of the five faculties of Aalborg University (Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Science and Faculty of Engineering and Science), and is represented at several institutions. It harbours international research authorities in areas such as aero-mobility, mobility ethnography, mobile technologies, sustainable city and mobility development, tourism, architecture, media technology, urban planning, sociology, geography and urban design. This diverse research basis is also evident in a very large international network of research partners. The C-MUS board members are consequently active participants in several international research networks (e.g. Cosmobilities and The Pan-American Mobilities Network). Similarly, there are strong ties to the Centre for Mobility Research (CeMore) at Lancaster University, UK. This is the world’s leading research centre in this field of study, and most C-MUS researchers have active collaborative relations at CeMore and have been there several times. Recent centres such as Center for Mobility and Policy Research (mCenter) at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, is also an active part of C-MUS’ network. Publications continuously appear in journals such as Environment and Planning, Mobilities, Transport Studies, Urban Studies, and European Planning Studies, and book publications have appeared through Routledge, Ashgate, Cambridge University Press and other international publishing houses. This basis ensures the graduates of the master programme in Mobilities and Urban Studies that their teachers are abreast of state of the art research and that international guest lecturers of the highest quality are available. Several of these are already active as research collaborators in connection with projects funded by the Research Council.
For more information about the Mobilities & Urban Studies master, please do not hesitate to contact the Architecture & Design Studyboard at the email address below.
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