Master's Degree in Smart and Sustainable Cities


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Program Description

  • Type of education: Face-to-face.
  • Number of new entry places offered: 40
  • Total credits: 60
  • Languages taught: Spanish.
  • Guide price: € 45.02 per credit.
  • Master's Scholarship: see relevant information here .


The cities, and our way of living in them, are undergoing a radical transformation. The digital revolution, climate change and many other factors are bringing about transformations in the social, economic and environmental spheres at an unprecedented rate. The Master in Smart and Sustainable Cities - Smart Cities trains students in theoretical knowledge and in the use of technological tools necessary to respond to the challenge of analysis and planning of the cities of the future.

The master's degree addresses an emerging theme in the field of urban studies. The program has a clear professional interest and is designed to meet the training needs of students who want to enter an expansive but demanding labor market, preparing them for professional work in institutions and public or private companies, offering internships with reference entities. in the field of Smart Cities.


Academic year 2020-21

Module 0: Compulsory training supplement for students according to previous training * ETCS credits Semester
Introduction to Geographic Information Technologies * 4 1st
Module 1: Concepts and Technologies for Smart and Sustainable Cities ETCS credits Semester
Subject 1.1: Smart and Sustainable Cities: concepts and technologies Total 18 1st
Smart and Sustainable Cities 3 1st
Geographic Information Systems applied to smart and sustainable cities 3 1st
Fundamentals and applications of sensors in smart cities 3 1st
Data capture, display and analysis by remote and airborne sensors in smart cities 3 1st
Computer programming applied to smart cities 6 1st
Module 2: Smart and Sustainable Cities: Dimensions, Instruments and Techniques ETCS credits Semester
Subject 2.1: Instruments for environmental sustainability Total: 12 1st and 2nd
Automatic techniques for disaster prevention and management 3 To define
Pollution, urban climate and climate comfort 3 To define
Ecosystem services and protection of natural heritage 3 To define
Ecological footprint in smart cities 3 To define
Subject 2.2: Instruments for the economic sustainability of smart cities Total: 12 1st and 2nd
New urban economies, innovation and knowledge 3 To define
Urban mobility and smart transport 3 To define
Development and competitiveness strategies in smart cities 3 To define
Smart tourist destinations 3 To define
Subject 2.3: Instruments for the social sustainability of smart cities Total: 12 1st and 2nd
Governance, social participation and social networks in smart cities 3 To define
Indicators and instruments for social equity in smart cities 3 To define
Social exclusion and citizen security in smart cities 3 To define
Instruments for optimizing services to the population in smart cities 3 To define
Module 3: External practices | Mandatory ETCS credits Semester
Subject 3.1: External practices Total 12 2nd
External internships 12 2nd
Final work of master ETCS credits Semester
Final work of master Total 6 2nd

* Students who do not have specific training in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing on their curriculum. These students will take the subject "Introduction to Geographical Information Technologies" within the framework of the Master's training supplements, which will be offered in the first semester. During the pre-registration, admission and enrollment process, the program coordinator will inform students in this situation.


The main objective is to train professionals capable of analyzing and interpreting the reality of cities, and of designing urban projects and programs to improve the well-being of citizens based on the implementation of new information technologies: advanced analysis techniques for cities based on in new data sources (including Big Data), computer programming, the use of Geographic Information Systems or remote sensing and photointerpretation tools, the development of maps and online applications or the use of drones for data capture and analysis of the territory.

As the Study Plan shows, the fields of application of all these techniques are various, covering the social, environmental and economic spheres.


The recommended academic profile is that of graduates in disciplines related to the city, technology or sustainability, coming from both the social sciences and technical degrees: geographers, urban planners, architects, engineers, environmentalists, economists, sociologists, computer scientists, etc.

The selection of students in the admission process will be made based on the adequacy of the student's academic profile with the contents of the Master, the academic record in the degree of access and the curriculum vitae of the applicant student.

Admission requirements for masters

Non-enabling university masters

  • Be in possession of any of the following titles:
    • Spanish official university degree.
    • Title issued by an institution of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and empowering in the country of issue for access to Master's education.
    • Title of educational systems outside the EHEA that empowers in the country of issuance for access to Master's education, homologated or declared equivalent to the degree and academic level of Degree or Degree by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training . In case of lacking the mentioned homologation or equivalency, it will be necessary to have authorization or access permission granted by this University.
  • Or be carrying out during the course in which you pre-enroll studies leading to the obtaining of any of the previous degrees and be in a position to prove the obtaining of the same before September 30, 2020 .
  • In addition, students from foreign educational systems, whose mother tongue is different from Spanish, must prove level B2 of the Spanish language (or higher) .
  • Specific requirements that any of the requested masters may have. You can consult it by accessing the website of the Master itself.
Last updated Apr 2020

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