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The Master's Degree in Urban Mobility aims to improve urban mobility in our cities and around the world, which requires not only the improvement of technical infrastructure (towards an intelligent transport infrastructure, internet of things, etc.), but also holistic planning, execution and operation. Urban transformation requires that most stakeholders interact and understand the perspectives of others to make this improvement effective. Thus, this program allows professionals from different engineering profiles to be trained, providing specific skills in the sector, and a knowledge or deepening of ICT and energy technologies for sustainable mobility.

The program provides the fundamental tools of entrepreneurship and innovation to face the rapid transformation of the global society.

Academic year 2020-2021 starts September 2020
Duration 2 years
Study load 120 ECTS (including the master's thesis)
Delivery On-campus
Language English
Places 60
Official degree Master's Degree in Urban Mobility by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)
Fees

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Academic coordinator

Elisa Sayrol

Miquel Estrada

Specific admission requirements

In order to gain admission to the Master's Degree in Urban Mobility, the following requirements must be met:

Direct admission

Holders of the following qualifications may be admitted to the master's degree directly, without having to take bridging courses:

  • Bachelor's degrees in engineering (Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Informatics Engineering, Engineering Physics, other engineering fields).
  • Pre-EHEA and second-cycle degrees (Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Informatics Engineering, Engineering Physics, other engineering fields).
  • Pre-EHEA degrees in Architecture.
Bridging courses

Holders of:

  • Bachelor's degrees in science (Physics, Mathematics, Statistics) or other bachelor's degrees
  • Pre-EHEA diplomas in the field of industrial engineering and in Public Works (Civil Constructions, Hydrology and Urban Transport and Services) or other technical diplomas

will be required to take 30 ECTS credits in bridging courses.

Given that the master's degree is taught entirely in English, CEFR English Level B2 is also required (see the official certificates).

Students pending obtaining the degree that gives access to the master's degree

Students who are currently pursuing their undergraduate studies and have registered all the credits to complete their studies may apply for access to the master's degree as long as they fulfill, during the registration period of the master's degree, the requirements above-established.

You will find all the information about the general requirements for admission to UPC master's degree programs here.

Admission criteria

The academic records of applicants are reviewed by the academic committee, which selects the applicants to be admitted directly and those who must take bridging courses because they do not have the necessary knowledge and skills. The admission criteria are the academic record (60%), professional experience (10%), the English-language level, if it is above the minimum level required for admission to the master's degree, and the correspondence between the competencies of the entrance qualification and the competencies of this master's degree (15%).

Pre-enrolment

At UPC

The programme can be taken at the UPC in its entirety and thus must follow UPC'S pre-enrolment process.

At another university

To enrol for an interuniversity master's degree coordinated by a university other than the UPC, you must enrol through the coordinating university.

As a double-degree

To enter this program as part of the double degree programs of the EIT Urban Mobility Master School, you must apply by February 3 (Period 1) or in case of remaining vacancies before April 17 (Period 2).

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Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment in logistics, transport management, mobility and sustainability departments in public bodies, mobility operators, urbanism, consultancy, the automobile sector, private mobility services, etc.

Their potential future careers are as urban planners and designers of public spaces, planners of sustainable mobility policies, advisors in private and public companies in the sector, designers and managers of mobility services, mobility energy strategists, citizen participation coordinators and international mobility project managers.

They will have high-level competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation and may develop business initiatives on a self-employed basis or set up a business.

Learning objectives

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies
  • To analyse and design mobility and logistics services, in whole or in part, by applying methods, techniques and tools that are appropriate for specific functions and aims.
  • To design procedures for collecting mobility data that take into consideration their specificity, and to apply appropriate techniques for processing them, analysing them and drawing conclusions from them so that they can be used in the models that require them.
  • To design and carry out demand analysis studies, and to model demand and its structure in accordance with mobility models.
  • To apply modelling, optimisation and simulation techniques for solving problems that arise in mobility design, operation and management.
  • To diagnose the implications of globalisation phenomena and changes in markets for the operation of supply chains.
  • To calculate fundamental variables in transport and mobility systems that affect the safety, quality and sustainability of transport infrastructure and the optimisation of the functioning of these systems.
  • To plan, manage and operate transport and mobility systems, and to analyse the levels of service to users, operating costs and the social and environmental impacts of public passenger transport, traffic, private vehicles, air transport, maritime transport, intermodal transport and urban mobility.
  • To identify the future consequences of short- and long-term plans and decisions from an integrated scientific, ethical and intergenerational perspective, and to bring these elements together in a solution-based approach to advance towards a sustainable society. (Specific competency of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation)
  • To translate innovations into viable business solutions. (Specific competency of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation)
  • To foster one's ability to think beyond pre-established limits and systematically explore and generate new ideas. (Specific competency of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation)
  • To apply knowledge, ideas and technology to create or significantly improve new products, services, processes, policies, business models and jobs. (Specific competency of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation)
  • To use and apply cutting-edge research methods, processes and techniques to create and grow new businesses and in interdisciplinary teams and contexts. (Specific competency of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation)
  • To transform practical experiences into research problems and challenges. (Specific competency of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation)
  • To make decisions and foster one's leadership abilities on the basis of a holistic understanding of the contributions of higher education, research and businesses to value creation, in teams and contexts that are limited in size or scope. (Specific competency of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation)
  • To carry out and present and defend before an examination committee an original, individual piece of work consisting of an urban mobility project, of a professional or research nature, that synthesises and integrates the competencies acquired on the master's degree.
  • A capacity for the planning, management and operation of civil engineering infrastructure.
2020-2021 Academic year

During the 1st year, students must enrol at least 20 ECTS from the Innovation & entrepreneurship group, and at least 10 ECTS from the Relevant Elective group belonging to the track of choice.

COURSE

ECTS

First year
Fall semester
Innovation & entrepreneurship for world challenges 5
Decision making & economy in urban mobility 5
Mobility modeling 5
Operation & management of transport systems 5
Data analysis in transport systems 5
Introduction to supply chain 5
Spring semester
Project based on an innovation challenge 10
Liveable cities & urban mobility 5
Travel demand & behavioral modeling 5
Relevant elective courses 10

COURSE

ECTS

EIT Summer school*
Innovation & entrepreneurship elective course 3

During the fall semester of the second year, students must enrol at least 10 ECTS from the Innovation & Entrepreneurship group (at least one of them must be worth 5 ECTS), and at least 20 ECTS from the Relevant Elective group belonging to the track of choice.

*This course is only available for those students enrolled to the international Programme EIT Urban Mobility Master

COURSE

ECTS

Second year
Fall semester
Product or service development project 4
Innovation & entrepreneurship elective courses 6 to 11 (1 course of at least 5 ETCS)
Relevant elective courses 15 to 20
Spring semester
Master's thesis 30

Future mobility markets & services track

1st year relevant elective courses
  • Markets & legislation in transport & logistics (5 ECTS)
  • Quality in services (5 ECTS)
2nd year relevant elective courses
  • Vehicle routing (5 ECTS)
  • Business models in mobility services (5 ECTS)
  • Business administration (5 ECTS)
  • Operation management (5 ECTS)

Sustainable urban mobility transitions track

1st year relevant elective courses
  • Optimization models for transportation networks (5 ECTS)
  • Railway transport (5 ECTS)
  • Public transport (5 ECTS)
  • Transportation system planning & management (5 ECTS)
  • Mobility & development (5 ECTS)
2nd year relevant elective courses
  • Merchandise transports (5 ECTS)
  • Sustainable mobility (5 ECTS)
  • Smart mobility (SMART) (5 ECTS)
  • Airport management (5 ECTS)
  • Port management & maritime transport (5 ECTS)
  • Traffic (5 ECTS)

Innovation & entrepreneurship elective courses

  • Management & creation of innovative companies in architecture (3 ECTS)
  • Viability of business project (6 ECTS)
  • Technology asset management (5 ECTS)
  • Technological innovation (3 ECTS)
  • Case studies in urban mobility (5 ECTS)

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Students enrolled at UPC for the Master's Degree in Urban Mobility can access the following information:

The Master's Thesis is an original exercise to be done individually and presented and defended before a university pannel consisting in a project in the sphere of the specific urban mobility synthesising and integrating the competences acquired on the course.

List of master's thesis currently scheduled for public presentation:

As this is a new program there is not any information available for the moment.

The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to a KIC educational programme that has been assessed positively by the EIT on the implementation of the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement (EIT QALE) system and the application of specific quality criteria with focus on the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs), robust entrepreneurship education, highly integrated, innovative ‘learning‐by‐doing' curricula, international mobility and outreach.