Enabling sustainable mobility through public transportation

Branded places for tourism and mobility

Designing mobilities by physical environment

Mobile technology on the move

Mobilities & Urban Studies – a research based and problem-orientated education (specialization under Urban Design)

Mobilities & Urban studies is an international orientated, cross-disciplinary and problem-orientated education in the field of mobility and urban life and structures. Students will follow theoretical, methodical and technical orientated courses taught by leading researchers in their field, as well as conduct project work as group work and participate in workshops, field studies and individual studies – all in order to develop their own academic profile, as a mobility-professional.




The brochure of Mobilities & Urban Studies can be downloaded here

Find 1st semester’s description here



Semester description of Mobilities & Urban Studies


Mobilities & Urban Studies is divided into four semesters running respectively from September to January and from February to June (January and June partly reserved for exams). Thus, students will typically complete the programme in 2 years.

The program is structured in modules and organized as a problem-based study and each semester is sub divided into three or four course modules and one project module. All courses are conducted in English.

The students are given options in the project modules as they can select among different projects within the same general theme. Moreover, the Master Thesis on the 4th semester can be selected freely within the field of Mobilities and Urban Studies. The students have the choice of making a Long Master’s Thesis comprising both 3rd and 4th semester.


MSc 01 – Analysing Contemporary Mobilities

The first semester of Mobilities & Urban Studies offers a solid and innovative introduction to theory and methods concerning contemporary mobility and urban environments. The objective is to strengthen the student’s ability to understand and analyse specific cases of contemporary mobilities (e.g. transit spaces, everyday life mobility, virtual mobility and communication) in the light of the cross-disciplinary ‘mobilities turn’. The project aims at giving the student an opportunity to apply theories and methods with a particular focus on societal needs and challenges in relation to technological infrastructures.

Courses are:

‘The Mobilities Turn’
‘Applied Philosophy of Science and Mobile Methods’
‘Mobility Technologies and Infrastructures’

Find semester description here


MSc 02  – Mobilities: Place & Culture

The second semester of Mobilities & Urban Studies addresses place theory and cultural theory in relation to mobilities, with the aim that students achieves an understanding of interrelations between place, culture and the mobilities perspective. The project module aims at giving the students the opportunity to develop a theoretical approach alongside their empirical investigations related to mobilities.

Courses are:

‘Mobilities: Policy, Branding and Place Management’
‘Mobile Culture and Communication’
‘Mobilities Design I: Concepts and Diagrams’
‘Mobilities and Tracking Technologies’


MSc 03 – Sustainable Mobilities

The third semester of Mobilities & Urban Studies offers four possibilities: The possibility of internships in firms or organisations working with mobility; study at another university; writing a Long Masters Thesis; and a course-semester at Aalborg University. This course-semester with the theme “Sustainable Mobilities” addresses global mobilities issues from a sustainability perspective. Emphasis is on a broad definition of sustainability, i.e. its economic, social and ecological perspectives. Students will strengthen their ability to integrate in their work with mobilities a sustainability perspective including environmental mobilities, green technologies and environmental urbanism as well as social mobilities and sustainable migration.

Courses are:

‘Academic Paper Writing’
‘Mobilities Design II: Visualisation and Representation’
‘Sustainable Mobility: Infrastructures and Technology’


MSc 04 – Masters Thesis in Mobilities & Urban Studies

The fourth semester of the MSc programme in Mobilities & Urban Studies is devoted for students to write their Masters Thesis in a mobility and urban related topic of their choosing.


Work and evaluation methods in Mobilities & Urban Studies


Modules are a program element or a group of program elements, which aims to give students a set of professional skillswithin a fixed time frame specified in ECTS credits, and concluding with one or more examinations within specific exam periods that are defined in the curriculum. Each course credits to 5 ECTS, whereas project works credit to respectively 15, 15, 20, and 30 ECTS, giving a total of 120 ECTS credits for a completed programme.

The program is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:

• project work

• lectures

• classroom instructions

• study groups

• workshop

• exercises

• mapping

• portfolio work

• independent study

• field study

Internship & Extenal Study at Mobilities & Urban Studies

You are able to undertake an internship or do an external study on the third semester of the programme in Mobilities & Urban Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. An internship gives you the opportunity to collaborate with a company, institution, etc. within the fields of mobility and city development regarding your project work. Furthermore an internship gives you the opportunity to use the theoretical, methodical, and technical skills you have acquired during first and second semester of Mobilities & Urban Studies.

You can also choose to do an external study at another university in Denmark or at a university outside Denmark. The courses taken at the foreign university has to be approved by the Board of Studies as an integrated part of your education at the Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology at Aalborg University (in the form of credit transfer)

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Study format

Problem-based learning at Aalborg University, Denmark


Studying in Denmark means new and exciting challenges and experiences. If you choose to study at the Mobilities & Urban Studies programme, our teaching methods will probably be very different from what you have previously experienced.
One of Aalborg University’s trademarks is its unique pedagogic teaching model: the problem-based, project-organised model (PBL, or Problem Based Learning). The philosophy behind PBL is that the interaction between academic theory and professional practice develops the students’ ability to analyse and solve complex problems in a more independent and innovative manner than is the case in traditional university teaching. Naturally, students are also introduced to theories and methods through lectures, courses and workshops. In each semester, there is a large, mandatory project, in which the taught theories and methods are applied.

Every semester has a curriculum that outlines the goals for the semester and what problem students attending the semester will be working on solving (PBL). The curriculum states a number of tasks of theoretical, methodical, technical and functional character, which must be met in the project. The modules are evaluated either through written or oral exams.
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Working in groups during the programme of Mobilities & Urban Studies


As a student at the Mobilities & Urban Studies programme you will get to work in groups. Each semester a larger project is undertaken. In most cases this is carried out in cooperation with fellow students. The students themselves form their groups based on shared areas of academic interest and decide the topic of the project. The group size varies from two to six persons.
If you are not already familiar with working in groups, this form of working can at first seem very different from what you are used to. It’s also true that especially in the initial phase of a project, group work can be very demanding. However, the majority of students – not to mention the future employers of Mobilities & Urban Studies graduates – are convinced that the advantages of group work are far greater than the disadvantages. By working in groups you will be able to take on projects that would otherwise exceed the capabilities of a single person. This allows you to get a deeper and broader understanding of the complex of problems that you have decided to study.
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Research-based teaching at Mobilities & Urban Studies


Teaching at the Mobilities & Urban Studies programme is based on research, which means that the research at the university forms the basis of teaching so that students are offered the newest scientific knowledge. Furthermore, the university places great emphasis on the continued development of teaching methods as well as lecturers’ pedagogical qualifications.

The master programme in Mobilities and Urban Studies has its research basis in the Center for Mobility & 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 the three faculties of the university, 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 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 aboult C-MUS: http://c-mus.aau.dk/


Mobilities & Urban Studies is located in the Heart of Aalborg


The Mobilities & Urban Studies programme is located in the heart of Aalborg. Although housed in several units across the city centre, everything is within walking distance. Students are situated in six different locations with studios divided into informal group rooms where both academic and social life are encouraged and thrive. There are furthermore a number of lecture halls and seminar rooms of various sizes spread across the programme’s facilities.


IT Services at Aalborg University

The IT department provides an extensive service portfolio consisting of internet access, licensed software for students, industry-standard printing/plotting systems as well as private, public and group-based storage solutions.


Library and bookshop at Aalborg University

The university library is situated at campus outside the city centre, but books can easily be lended and delivered to the library at the Nordkraft Centre down town. Visit the library at http://www.aub.aau.dk/

There is easy access to an extensive selection of relevant literature in the library and at our bookshop, “Architegn”, located in the city centre. Architegn (in danish)


Food offers close to Mobilities & Urban Studies

The city has all kinds of food on offer. One of the benefits of the central location is the short distance to a large number of sandwich bars, cafés, supermarkets and bakers’. The school also provides kitchens and dining areas for students in all of its facility locations.