Master's Program

The aim of the program is to train professionals to become broadly skilled Urban Technologists and Smart City Managers in order to deal with the sustainable development transition our cities are needing worldwide. Smart management, the logic of big and open data and the evolution towards electronic administration are some of the challenging topics of this master’s program addressed to reshape urban planning and design.

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The urban population is expected to double by 2050, making urbanization one of the most transformative trends of the 21st century.

United Nations-UNHabitat,
October 2017, The World Cities Day


The Master’s in Smart Cities is designed under a multidisciplinary framework of the Smart City concept, which means that is open to university degree holders with a strong interest in carrying out research projects focused on innovation and technology for the smart cities challenges.

All the applicants will be analyzed and assessed for their access to the program by the Master’s Committee.

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  • Program Start Date: September 2018
  • Duration: 1 Year (12 months; 600 hours)
  • Methodology: 100% Online
    Immersive and collaborative
  • Distance Learning Platform: Canvas

A smart city makes your life better, happier, as a citizen.

Human-centered design is the way to understand the city as a system.
No more partial solutions.
A multidisciplinary way of thinking and acting.

At a time when the majority of the world’s population is urban, the sustainable development of cities is more relevant than ever. New urban models need to be invented to be conceived more respectful towards people and the planet.

Increasing size of contemporary cities, as well as their day-to-day growing complexity, gives city stakeholders the opportunity to incorporate information and communication technologies in the provision of municipal public services, while developing participation-sensitive governance tools, paying special attention to the efficiency of processes, especially in energy & water systems and its sustainability.

How a Smart City is considered depends on two main factors: First, the amount of data it can produce in its day-to-day operations, and how much of this data can be turned into useful information. Second, how -and who by- this information can be used to improve city performance at all levels in order to achieve a better environment, increase the welfare of its citizens, and, of course, discover new fields for social and economic innovation.

The Master’s in Smart Cities is designed to fill the current gap between the two most influential groups in Smart City systems implementation; it puts both city management professionals and technological urban innovators in contact, developing a common language in order to promote innovation in the current development of cities.

Become a Smart City Manager and get the skills and competencies to make decisions on a territorial level



The Smart Cities Master’s Program consists of hybrid didactic contents oriented toward improving the urban environment and the welfare of its inhabitants, in the context of continuous changes, new challenges and, luckily, new possibilities.




This program is organized in six modules in order to give a multidisciplinary and international approach to the emerging technological tools in urban contexts, especially those who bring an innovative response for the main challenges of cities.

Every module is taught across a specific case of study and after completing 3 modules, the participants will work collaboratively in a final project.

 As the 12-months program is organized in two semesters of 3 modules each, the participants will have the chance to choose to start in any opening edition. For example, the applicant can start in September ‘18 and finish in September ‘19 or start in March ‘19 and finish in March ‘20.

When beginning the studies, the participant will always have an introductory module ‘M0. SMART CITIES POINT ZERO’, in order to make sure that all participants have a common background.

Either if the participants start in one edition or another, they will always have the chance to join a ‘Field Trip’ that will be held in different cities from all over the world. The first three ‘Field Trips’ are planned in Paris, Barcelona and Dubai.


This module gives to the student a conceptual framework for understand the what, why, when and how the cities have been evolving forward this new concept of smart cities.  Following questions as What is a Smart city? Why do we have to think in smart cities?

When do we speak about Smart Cities and How a city becomes a Smart City? The students will have obtained knowledge about urban history, the current urban ecosystem challenges and the international responsibilities and efforts to minimize the negative impact of the cities over the Earth using dates.


This modules aims to make known the recently emerged technical tools for the social context of the cities, tools that have been created for the wellness and happiness of their citizens.

Innovative technological systems for improving the citizen’s way of life, besides the government’s responsiveness are getting stronger and faster.  Open data, transparency governance, active and healthy public spaces, bottom-up citizen participation, citylabs, local solutions, happy maps, community economies, are some of the subjects of this module.



The next few decades will be the most rapid period of urban growth in human history, that means a significant increase in water demand and waste generation, especially in large and medium cities. In this module the students will get the knowledge required for looking forward the water’s heritage conservation and urban waste reduction.

Technical tools and successful experiences around the world will be introduced in this module in order to share the best practices and innovative solutions. Smartgrid, intelligent waste collecting systems, circular economy, decision-makers participation, among other subjects.



It is vital to remember that irreversible climate change is already underway, and the impacts are already being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased, atmospheric CO2 levels exceeding the values deemed to be “safe”. These facts emphasise the incredible urgency to put in action the international commitments. Within this framework the students will be introduced in data acquisition for the urban risks management, crisis management and urban resilience.



Urban mobility is no longer just about moving people from one location to another location within or between urban areas by motorized vehicles. What people really need is the accessibility to various urban services and intelligent transport systems (ITS).

In this module the students will know successfully examples of intelligent transport systems, from different cities, that demonstrate that better accessibility doesn’t have to be achieved by generating motorized traffic, particularly by private vehicles. For example, the walkable city concept, smart bike sharing systems, ICT-enabled on-demand transit services or ICT-enabled ride-sharing services, are some examples of how people currently enjoy an urban lifestyle without owning a private vehicle. At the end of this module, the students will have acquired expertise on how smart mobility can significantly reduce the economical and environmental negative impacts in the city management.



Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. It calls for a wide collaboration between governments, municipalities and private stakeholders to lead integrated, cost-efficient, and sustainable energy solutions.

This module introduces the innovative technical tools related with energy transition, smart grids and smart sensors, international environmental pillars and heritage grids management, in order to pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption.


Buildings make up 40% of global energy demand. They use electricity and include electronics in nearly everything. Smart cities will be characterized by power grids that will be able to balance electricity supply and demand.

This will start with buildings that learn occupants’ energy needs, integrate vehicle batteries into their energy forecasts, respond to changing weather conditions, and automatically alter their behavior to maximize their efficiency. In this module the students will acquire knowledgment about smart grids and microgrids, Passive House, green building, IoT (Internet of Things), visual data and BIM (Building Information Modeling), among other related smart building management issues.

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