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This master’s degree program offers 2 intensifications (or tracks), which are:

This master's degree allows for a Double Degree with the Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering (BsDCE + BsDUM)

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 programme allows professionals from different engineering profiles to be trained, providing specific skills in the sector, and knowledge and deepening in transportation operations, mobility services, data science, ICT and energy technologies for sustainable mobility. Also, the programme provides the fundamental tools of entrepreneurship and innovation to face the rapid transformation of the global society.


The master’s degree in Urban Mobility is offered as an EIT Urban Mobility Master School programme or as a local master programme at UPC-BarcelonaTech. See the details of each programme in the Admission section below.


Check the enrolment periods for each case, which might be different.

Academic year starts in September
Duration 2 years
Study load 120 ECTS (including the Master's Final 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)

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Academic coordinator

Miquel Estrada (EIT coordinator)

Francesc Soriguera Martí (Barcelona School of Civil Engineering coordinator)

Track coordinators
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions: Francesc Soriguera
  • Smart Mobility Data Science & Analytics: Lídia Montero
Contact at EIT Urban Mobility Master's School

Specific admission requirements at UPC-BarcelonaTech

In order to gain local admission to the Master's Degree in Urban Mobility at UPC-BarcelonaTech, 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.

English level B2

Given that the master’s degree is taught entirely in English, CEFR English Level B2 is required and can be demonstrated by providing proof of any of the following:

  • English is your mother tongue.
  • You have studied in an English-speaking country (for at least a semester).
  • You have taken an academic university programme taught in English (for at least a semester).
  • You are the holder of a qualification awarded by an institution in the European Higher Education Area that includes English Level B2.
  • You are in possession of one of the English-language certificates listed below.

An English B2 certificate can also be obtained at UPC-BarcelonaTech.

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

UPC undergraduate students who, despite not having obtained the bachelor’s degree, have pending the TFG and, at most, up to 9 ECTS (including credits pending recognition or transfer) or who have completed their studies, but are waiting to achieve, if possible, transversal competence in a third language. Under no circumstances will students who access this route be able to obtain a master's degree if they have not previously obtained a bachelor's degree.

Candidates from other universities who are enrolled in all the credits to complete the studies that give access to the master's degree can apply for access. Acceptance will be conditioned to the fulfillment of the general and specific access and admission requirements at the time of formalizing the registration.

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

Admission criteria at UPC-BarcelonaTech

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 (15%), and the correspondence between the competencies of the entrance qualification and the competencies of this master's degree (15%).


The Master’s Degree in Urban Mobility is offered within two possible programmes:

EIT Urban Mobility Master School programme

As an EIT Urban Mobility Master School programme, belonging to the European Institute of Technology (EIT), it includes a specific scholarship programme. The first year (entry year) is taken at one of the universities in the consortium (60 ECTS), while the second year (exit year) is taken at a different university (60 ECTS). Students may be awarded a double degree and the EIT Label Certificate.

This option does not include the Advanced Mobility Services track, as it is only taught at UPC-BarcelonaTech.

Details on the different options, universities, and specific admission requirements are found at EIT Urban Mobility Master School. We strongly encourage students to apply through the EIT Urban Mobility Master School.

To enter this programme as part of the double degree programs of the EIT Urban Mobility Master School, you must apply:

- Period 1: November 15th 2022 till February 1st, 2023
- Period 2: February 15th and closes on April 14th 2023.

This option does neither include the Advanced Mobility Services track nor the Innovative Mobility Technology track, as they are only taught at UPC-BarcelonaTech.

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Local master's degree programme at UPC-BarcelonaTech

The programme can be taken at UPC-BarcelonaTech in its entirety (2 years, 120 ECTS) and thus must follow UPC-BarcelonaTech's pre-enrolment process.

The application period at UPC-BarcelonaTech starts in January 16th 2023 and ends in July 3rd 2023.

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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 UPC-BarcelonaTech 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.
2022-2023 Academic year at UPC-BarcelonaTech
For more information on course groups, coordinators and codes check the printer version of the curriculum.

Below are the courses that are offered at UPC-BarcelonaTech for each of the four tracks for the first and second year.

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

During the second year, students must enrol 10 ECTS from the Innovation & Entrepreneurship group(*) and 20 ECTS from the Relevant Elective group belonging to the track of choice.

(*) EIT students must enroll in the subject "Summer School (EIT Summer School)" worth 3 ECTS in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group.



First year
Fall semester
250MUM010 - Introduction to supply chain 5
250MUM011 - Mobility modeling 5
250MUM012 - Operation & management of transport systems 5
250MUM013 - Data analysis in transport systems 5
Innovation & entrepreneurship elective courses (see below) 10
Spring semester
250MUM001 - Liveable cities & urban mobility 5
250MUM015 - Travel demand & behavioral modeling 5
Relevant elective courses (see tracks below) 10
Innovation & entrepreneurship elective courses (see below) 10
EIT Summer school*
Innovation & entrepreneurship elective course 3
Second year
Fall semester
Innovation & entrepreneurship elective courses Minimum 10 ECTS (EIT students must enroll in "EIT Summer School" for 3 ECTS)
Relevant elective courses 20 ECTS
Spring semester
Master's thesis 30
*This course is only available for those students enrolled to the international Programme EIT Urban Mobility Master

Sustainable urban mobility transitions track

relevant elective courses
Fall semester
Spring semester

Innovation & entrepreneurship elective courses

1st year relevant elective courses
Fall semester
Spring semester
2nd year relevant elective courses
Fall semester
Spring semester

Smart Mobility Data Science & Analytics track

1st year relevant elective courses
Spring semester
2nd year relevant elective courses

For more information please contact Prof. Lidia Montero.

Students enrolled at UPC-BarcelonaTech 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 panel consisting in a project in the sphere of the specific urban mobility synthesising and integrating the competences acquired on the course.

If the student takes the master thesis outside the UPC (and it is also evaluated in another university), then, to incorporate the qualification at UPC it is necessary:

  • Enrollment at the UPC and enrollment also at the destination university of the Master's Thesis.
  • Master's Thesis abstract, original document signed and stamped and sent by email to If the file does not incorporate an authenticated digital electronic signature, deliver the signed and stamped original.
  • Upload the work to Atenea TFE.
  • Master's thesis qualification certificate issued by the official destination university. Please send a digital copy, if the center has an authenticated digital electronic signature, if not, please send the original certificate on paper.

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

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

This program has been awarded the following quality label: