Smart Cities Master’s Program

The Master’s Program gives a multidisciplinary and international approach to the emerging technological tools in urban planning, especially those that effectively respond to urban challenges. Ideal for professionals looking to lead the digital transformation of urban design and sustainable cities.

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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.

This Master’s program has been developed with flexibility in mind in order to offer engineers, architects, economists and urban technologists with specific training in city planning and urban design. It prepares students for effective city and regional planning as well as the implementation of urban technology to contribute to sustainable urban development.

Career Prospects

Students of our Master’s programs can take advantage of our extensive partnerships and relationships with a wide-range of entities applying technology, urban planning and innovate designs to cities around the world. Thanks to our experience in the sector, we are able to assist our students in any of their professionals concerns and guide them by offering exclusive professional opportunities. In the world we live in today, building your personal brand is crucial. We are here to help you along the way and get your name out there.

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Academic Content

  • History of Urban Planning
  • Smart City implementation
  • The It aspect of Smart Cities: Information silos and interoperability
  • Tutorial Project I
  • 3D data collecting
  • From data to digital model
  • 3D model
  • 3D XD Geo-visualization
  • Tutorial Project II
  • Urban Sociology
  • Web urban sociology
  • Connected objects: IoT
  • Connected & Sustainable Urban Development
  • Gobernance & Urban Finance
  • Territorial macroeconomic models
  • Blockchain 4 cities
  • Urban smart entrepeneurship
  • Urban sociology
  • Web urban sociology
  • Connected objects: IoT
  • Connected & Sustainable urban development
  • Gobernance & urban finance
  • Territorial macroeconomic models
  • 3D Applications
  • Information services at the service of urban engineering
  • City Information Modeling (CIM)
  • On the universal law on water and applications
  • Smartgrid, intelligent meters
  • Management of heritage infrastructures
  • Management of waste collection and street cleaning
  • Reuse, reduction and valorisation of waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Advanced GIS
  • Big Data and Decisional Systems
  • Data management associated with the INSPIRE directive
  • Urban risks and their impact in City management
  • Crisis management
  • City resilience project
  • Development of programming interfaces (API)
  • Mobile and web geographic information systems
  • Mobility and urban displacements
  • Economy of transport & mobility projects
  • Multi-modality and Inter-modality
  • Urban transport modes and their environmental impact
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Monetics of transports
  • Connected collective transport
  • Telecommunication Systems
  • Territorial energy transition
  • Smartgrid, inteligent metrics
  • Management of heritage infrastructures
  • District Energy
  • Sustainability in buildings
  • Building performance analysis
  • BIM in buildings
  • Semantic technologies for machine learning & artificial intelligence
  • Sensor networks
  • Building management

Faculty Board

  • Lorenzo Correa

    Civil Engineer. Waste & Water Block Advisor

  • Rob Van Kranenburg

    Ecosystem Manager for the EU projects Tagitsmart and Next Generation Internet.

  • Lluïsa Marsal

    Technological Innovation and International Action Lead. Catalan Institute of Energy.

  • Manel Villalante

    Transportation and Mobility Director. Barcelona Regional.

  • Amaia Celaya

    Urban Architect. Normative&Operations Coordinator UN-Habitat.

  • Craig Laird

    Communication Specialist at City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT)

  • Helene Fourniere

    Urban Resilience Expert at UN-HABITAT (UN Human Settlements Programme)

  • Marc Boher

    Chief Commercial Officer at URBIOTICA

  • Manuel Gausa

    Vice President of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

  • Pablo Branchi

    Co Owner. SUR – Smart Urban Regeneration.

  • Tomás de la Barra

    President and Founder. MODELISTICA.

  • Kosta Mathey

    Director at GLOBUS – Global Urban Studies Institute


Alumni Success Stories

The students of our masters tell us their experiences with our innovative methodology and how their training in Zigurat has transformed their professional career.

This is just one of many success stories amongst the Zigurat Alumni. Many of our students go to work on internationally renowned companies in the AECO sector. To see more of these cases click on the following link.

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Our Unique Learning Method

This program provides executive-level courses designed to meet the needs of leading professionals that seek the flexibility and comprehensiveness of our online Master’s in Smart Cities. Our methodology is composed of seminars, case challenges, workshops, group work, site visits and live or recorded lessons from our global expert faculty board.

Real projects that are changing the world
Practical learning or 'learning by doing'
The impact of technology in engineering and architecture
Collaborative work

International Student Summit

Zigurat organizes international summits in many countries around the world so the students can meet in person their peers and teachers to create a worlwide network of AECO professionals.

The grant that best matches your professional profile

Our candidates come from countries all over the world and our objective is to promote diversity and the enriching experience that a truly global program offers our students. We are happy to offer candidates interested in our Master’s in Smart Cities the opportunity to apply for grants and enjoy flexible payment options.

Alumni Ambassadors Program

Our extensive network of happy alumni is proof of our commitment to academic excellence. We are happy to put you in contact with an alumni from your region so you can hear their experience.

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