Master’s Thesis


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 - MSc03 level at the Urban Design Engineering education.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To give the students the ability to conduct an integrated urban design project as an experimental, empirical, and/or theoretical investigation of one or more central, contemporary issues within the field of urban design. This happens with reflective incorporation of relevant theories and methods acquired throughout the full master in urban design.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must demonstrate advanced research-based knowledge of urban design history, theories, methods, tools and practical approaches.
  • Must demonstrate advanced understanding and reflection upon the theories and methods applied in urban design.
  • Must be able to acquire and position his/her investigation in dialogue with leading research on an international level.


  • Must master the application of research-based theories, methods, and digital and analogue tools of urban design.
  • Must at an advanced level be able to identify a relevant urban design problem in relation to urban development and urban transformation, and be able to assess, select and adapt research-based knowledge, methods and tools to address the chosen specific urban design problem and develop an urban design proposal.
  • Must possess professionalism in communicating urban design problems and proposals to peers and non-specialists, as well as to collaborators and citizens.
  • Must on highest international level be able to make proposals for design, strategies and interventions of relevance to the urban design field applying technical challenges as a central design element using both digital and analogue methods and tools


  • Must demonstrate advanced integrated competencies to create urban design proposals.
  • Must independently as well as in collaboration with others, be able to undertake professional responsibility and to initiate and accomplish complex urban design tasks.
  • Must demonstrate responsibility for as well as reflect on own professional development and specialization.

Type of instruction

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



Name of examMaster’s Thesis
Type of exam
Master's thesis/final project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKandidatspeciale
Module codeAODUM4P221
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