Independent Choice: Research, Practice or Development in Urban Design


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The course module adds to integrated design knowledge obtained in 1st semester of the Master’s program in Urban Design engineering. Therefore, the student is recommended to have knowledge, skills and competencies within the urban design and engineering field corresponding to the completion of the MSc01 - MSc02 level at the Urban Design Engineering education.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

 The objective of the module is to use the contemporary urban design research and/or professional practice to raise students’ knowledge and development level. Furthermore, the student must document the use of research-based and/or practice-based knowledge. This means to familiarize the students with basic research, practice or development methods and theory, as well as enable them to acquire specific knowledge within one of the following chosen options:

A) Project-Oriented Study in an External Organisation,

B) Semester project with company contact, or

C) Research semester project, related to urban design.

The Project-Oriented Study in an External Organisation (B) must have a scope that correspond the ECTS load.

Learning objectives


  • Must demonstrate research-based, practical or conceptual knowledge of relevance to urban design.
  • Must be able to understand and reflect upon urban design theories and methods relating to a professional working context in practice and/or research.


  • Must be able to transfer urban design methods and professional tools to either a professional community of practice beyond the university or a research community of practice within the university.
  • Must be able to articulate a research- or practice-based urban design problem, and to assess, select, adapt and apply research- or practice-based knowledge, methods and tools  both digital and analogue of relevance to a specific urban design problem.
  • Must be able to communicate research-based urban design knowledge and participate in professional environments.


  • Must be able to engage in complex professional situations.
  • Must be able to participate independently in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Must be able to independently take responsibility for own professional development and learning in a practice or research environment.

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed in § 17; Structure and contents of the programme.



Name of examIndependent Choice: Research, Practice or Development in Urban Design
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleSelvstændigt valg: Forskning, praksis eller udvikling i urbant design
Module codeAODUM3P222
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design