The Program

Students of the 2018-20 cohort, Darmstadt, October 2018
Students of the 2018-20 cohort, Darmstadt, October 2018

International double degree

Mundus Urbano produces advanced graduates who can innovatively address the complexities of the phenomena facing the world's urban populations, mostly in developing countries and emerging economis. The consortium structure of the program allows students to pursue a double degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development with specialisations in Development Economics (Rome), Sustainable Emergency Architecture (Barcelona) or Urban Planning (Grenoble).

Programme structure for the first and second years
Programme structure for the first and second years


Since the programme started in 2007 it has produced more then 200 graduates. These work in academia, in public institutions, in international- or in non governmental organisations.

Apoorva Rathod

Architect/Sustainable developer

Being a student of the Master Program Mundus Urbano „International Cooperation and Urban Development“ from 2012-14 has been an immensely valuable learning opportunity for me. The program provides a holistic understanding of the complex challenges surrounding urban development throughout the world. The program modules are very well structured and the range of subjects and issues tackled deal with both theoretical and practical concerns. The presence of a diverse student body and international faculty made this one of the most important learning experiences of my life, and opened up avenues and opportunities previously unfathomable to me. During the course of the program, we participated in international workshops, learnt from various experts in the field, and also got the opportunity to develop our research and professional skills. I hope the program continues to grow better in the future and help students all over the world contribute towards innovative urban solutions.

Daniela Sanjines

Architect/Urban Planner

Consultant Camp Improvement Programme – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East

Mundus Urbano offered me the opportunity to study with young professionals who came from diverse contexts, most of which are facing very similar challenges to the ones I encountered working in Colombia. The programme created a space for us to be able to reflect on our previous experiences and collectively investigate innovative solutions while offering an unconventional approach to learning. Throughout the programme there is a strong core group of students and visiting lecturers come with their expertise on different topics to contribute to the ongoing discussion. This experience has not only given me a global perspective on urban issues but has also prepared me to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Please refer to the main site of the programme for more information

Structure of the Programme


Master of Science International Cooperation in Urban Development (M.Sc. Mundus Urbano)

Degree work:

Masters Thesis in the form of written academic paper.

Course duration: Four semesters. Beginning of course yearly in the first week of October.


The Masters Programme is taught in English language

Course structure and Credit Points

The curriculum is structured into modules, which are broken down further into training units. All modules are defined by their contents, learning outcomes and number of credit points that can be earned in the course according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The total two years course requires 120 credit points (CPs), normally divided equally into 30 CPs per semester.

Weekly structure:

The training units are taught five days per week.