The Programme

International Double Degree

Technische Universität Darmstadt is the host institution for the Mundus Urbano Consortium. The first year of the master’s programme is spent at TU Darmstadt and is followed by a mobility specialization undertaken at one of the consortium partners.

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

Structure of the Programme

TU Darmstadt hosts the first year of the programme.

The curriculum is distributed in four modules, each one composed of six courses and one workshop. Each year, five of the six courses and the workshop are taught in each module. This keeps a certain flexibility within the programme. Thus there is a variation from year to year of the lecturers and courses that are taught, a main characteristic of the Mundus Urbano programme.

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.

The modules are described as follows:

Module 1 – Urban Planning

Course titles include: Introducing the SMART City, On the Move (mobility), Urban Planning and Building, Urban Ecology, and Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Planning.

Module 2 – Urban Development

Course titles include: The Spatial Bias: Slums and the Recursive History of Integral Urban Interventions, Participatory Planning and Design, Housing 2.0 (continuation of the previously mentioned course), Urbanisation and Infrastructures, Disaster Risk Management, Re-Construction Project Management (continuation of the previously mentioned course).

Module 3 – Urban Management

Course titles include: Urban Economics, Project Management.

Module 4 – International Cooperation

Course titles include: Urban Heritage Preservation, Urban Land Management, Fundamentals in Socio-Cultural Theory, Globalisation and its Discontent (continuation of the previously mentioned course).


* In addition to taking the above modules, students are also required to take two semester-long courses: The History of Urban Theory (Winter Semester) and Research Proposal Writing (Summer Semester).

** To fulfil their 60-credit course load for the first year, students also have the option to pursue elective courses such as language courses, excursions, design studios.


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

The Masters Programme is taught in English language

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

Final deliverable
Masters Thesis in the form of written academic paper.

More information

Official consortium website