Master in Urban Climate and Sustainability (MUrCS)

This 2 year Master in Urban Climate and Sustainability (MUrCS)
- gives you a critical understanding of the complexity of urban sustainability and the need for local action to combat global climate change.
- offers several professional pathways in leading sustainable urban climate change adaptation/mitigation
- enables you to operate in senior positions – in both the public and the private sectors – to lead sustainable and climate oriented planning.
- is open for both existing urban professionals as well as those with multidisciplinary environmental backgrounds.
The scope of education
120 ECTS
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From the intake year 2021, the MUrCS1.5 offers a slightly modified mobility structure (preliminary):

MUrCS1.5 mobility structure

Each intake is structured as follows:

  1. Semester 1 at GCU in Glasgow, starts with core modules, common for all students and offered with the participation of partners and selected experts. This semester also includes research methods and transverse skills (professional orientation) blocks. At the end of this semester the students will choose their Primary specialisation stream.
  2. Semester 2 takes place at LAB in Finland for all students. This semester includes core or elective modules (different for each stream) and an integrated study project at HTWD in Germany.
  3. Semester 3 is an integrated, problem-based learning block, built around our Associated Partners’ core areas, and takes place at UHU in Spain for all students. The individual studies should here broaden into a second Specialisation.
  4. Semester 4 is devoted to thesis work at the partner institution best aligned with the primary specialism. This work will be supervised by two teachers from different institutions reflecting students’ primary and secondary specialisms. It is also possible to conduct the thesis research work at one of the Associate Partner Universities. Finally there will ge an Exam block with presentation of the theses.

MUrCS consortium is supported by Associate Partners; universities and Industry/Public Sector bodies, bringing in subject-specific specialist knowledge and regional expertise. Industry/public sector bodies enable a problem-oriented blended learning approach and bring working life perspectives. The academic partners will be the principal points of contact in the selected target regions to help contextualise the MUrCS curriculum to regional realities. Guest lecturers will be invited from among Associate Partner staff to enhance regional relevance and contextualisation of the MUrCS curriculum.

Thus, a MUrCS graduate will have earned a total of 120 ECTS, whereof;

  • Basic modules: 30 ECTS,
  • Core modules: about 45 ECTS,
  • Elective modules: about 15 ECTS out of 65 ECTS available,
  • Thesis, integrating the student’s primary and secondary specialisms: 30 ECTS.


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Open for application until 15 January @12:00 CET

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