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About Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions, MSc - at EIT Urban Mobility Master School

Why study Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions at the EIT Urban Mobility Master School?

The world's cities are changing. New technologies, business models, and global sustainability goals are transforming our cities and how we move. Today's urban planners and transport engineers face an array of challenges and are needed to take advantage of such transformations to help create urban environments that consume fewer resources, contribute less to climate change, and support more liveable and healthy neighbourhoods. Addressing such challenges requires embracing complexity and competence beyond the traditional urban planning and civil engineering disciplines, including entrepreneurial skills to steer innovations into practice. The Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions programme provides such experience, preparing students to become the next urban innovators and leaders in urban mobility.

How is the programme structured?

All programmes at the EIT Urban Mobility Master School have a unique study path:

  • Students study one year each at two different universities, the "entry" university and the "exit" university. All options are located at a leading university in Europe in the field of urban mobility.
  • Graduating students will be awarded two officially recognised Master of Science degrees, from each of the two universities. Moreover, the programme is designed so that students may attain the qualifications for a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • During the first-year studies, students will be introduced to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and participate in an extended Challenge Project. During the same year, students will acquire essential technical skills for working with urban mobility challenges.
  • Between the first and second year, students will participate in a Summer School applying new skills to two different cities within Europe.
  • In the second year, students will choose from several more specialised courses in both technical content as well as innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will also participate in a shorter challenge project that includes an internship at a company or organisation working to meet urban mobility challenges. To complete their degree, in the second year, students will carry out an independent master thesis, combining and demonstrating their full set of technical and entrepreneurial skills.
  • You will have a wide range of career opportunities, within the public and private sector, as well as have the know-how to start your own business or conduct rigorous research. 

Where can I study Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions?

Students may apply to start and end the programme at any of the four universities. Students must attend a different university for Year 1 and Year 2. The available universities for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions programme are:

  • Aalto University – Espoo, Finland
  • Eindhoven University of Technology – Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) – Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Tartu – Tartu, Estonia
  • University of Lisbon (Técnico Lisboa) – Lisbon, Portugal


EIT Urban Mobility offers generous scholarships to attract top talents worldwide. Our scholarships are merit-based and cover your study duration of two years. They include partial tuition fee waivers and monthly allowances. Please visit our website for more detailed information and apply: Scholarships

New Opportunity Scholarship: The EIT Urban Mobility Master School is offering a full tuition fee waiver and 1.000 Euro relocation allowance per year to applicants affected by the current situation in Ukraine.

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What are the career opportunities?

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions programme is aimed to educate, inspire, and unite future leaders in the Urban Mobility Sector. The skills learned in this programme are in high demand in cities, transport authorities, research institutes and industries across Europe and worldwide. As a graduate, you will be an adaptable team player with a diverse set of analytical skills and theoretical knowledge in the field of urban mobility.

Visit the EIT Urban Mobility Master School website for more information.

Entry requirements

Who can apply?

The programme welcomes candidates who have a solid foundation in analytical problem solving with an eye to details, as demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Systems or a related field.

To qualify for admission, applicants need to fulfil the admission requirements, which are a complete and suitable Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of studies and proof of English language proficiency.

Bachelor's degree

  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university.

Conditional acceptance

  • Students in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional acceptance.
  • If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled in the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date - which should be before the start of the Master's programme.
  • If you receive a conditional offer, you should present your degree certificate to your entry university before enrollment at the latest. Applicants following longer technical programmes and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 ECTS, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications Dates and Deadlines

Our programmes are currently open for application and our academic year starts in the fall each year.

Application period 1: 15 November, 2023 – 31 January 2024, 17:00 CET
Application period 2: 1 February, 2024 – 15 April, 2024, 17:00 CEST

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Meet Mariana from Costa Rica

Programme: Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions

Entry University: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Exit University: UPC Barcelona Tech.

Background: Civil Engineering

Why did you choose this master’s programme?

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to continue my studies with a transport-mobility-related programme that could offer me something new and innovative. After several months of applying to different universities, EIT Urban Mobility (UM) Master School seemed like a unique opportunity that stood out over any other university. For instance, it allows students to study at two well-known universities in Europe and experience two cultures, two languages, and two different teaching methods, something that no other university offers. The opportunity to have a summer school allows students to learn by doing and at the same time traveling through two different European cities. Since EIT UM is an institution that works around urban mobility and the development of more sustainable cities, there are a series of opportunities for students during the year, such as Talks, Conferences, Citython, Bootcamps, etc. These are extremely interesting and, in most cases, free for students! With all these advantages, EIT breaks down traditional education barriers and offers students new ways of learning.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

Without a doubt, one of the best characteristics of this programme is that we are students from all over the world and from very different backgrounds. We are civil engineers, architects, geographers, business graduates, mechanical engineers from every continent. This has allowed me to immerse myself in different realities and learn about other ways of thinking and solving problems. On top of that, something very enriching has been the “Challenge-Driven Project" since it is one of the first training courses I have had in my life to learn how to design in an innovative, productive, and logical way. Finally, something that differentiates EIT students from the rest of similar programmes at the university is the opportunity to constantly update our knowledge in urban mobility with the different conferences and spaces for innovation that EIT Urban Mobility offers online.

Can you share a little bit about your student life?

KTH gave all international students an incredible welcome with many activities on and off-campus. This allowed us to get to know the Swedish culture and our future classmates. At first, we thought that our classes would only be with the EIT UM students, but we were surprised to share the courses with other students from similar KTH programmes in many lectures. Coming from a tropical country, one of the main challenges for me has been the weather in Sweden, which is cold, but the days in winters are short; however, good friendships make everything easier. My classmates and I have become very good friends and a great family. We celebrate all birthdays, Christmas, New Years together with the famous “potlucks", something that an international student should never miss. The exam weeks are difficult but not impossible; we usually meet in a university classroom, and we stay there for hours with coffee and snacks, and if possible, a little music. The courses are inspiring, and we have teachers from different nationalities who graduated from different universities, making the classes very different and enriching learning experience.

What are your plans for the future?

If life and COVID-19 have taught me something, it is not planning too much for the future because everything can change suddenly. However, I would love to work for a few years in Europe to gain experience in the Urban Mobility sectors, especially in the local governments, where I can work closely with the problems of the cities and people, and propose innovative ideas that can allow the equitable development of communities. With the same enthusiasm, I am not opposed to the idea of doing a Ph.D. specialized in transport modeling and transport-oriented development, which are the areas that I like the most in urban mobility. I will wait to see what the future holds for me, but without a doubt, it will always be close to the communities and social problems of urban planning and transportation.

Why should prospective students choose this programme?

Prospective students should choose EIT UM master’s programmes because there is no other master’s programme that offers to study in two different universities, a summer school that is constantly giving talks and conferences for students. It also requires you to do an internship in a European city (which allows you to know the job market) and even better that it gives you two university degrees at the end of your studies. What a catch, don’t you think?

Moreover, this programme will teach you about urban mobility and the basic principles of transportation and think innovatively and creatively. The problems we face today are more complex than ever, and traditional education is not enough anymore. The EIT UM will give you the tools to face mobility problems in a new and different way, and at the same time, you will meet teachers and colleagues from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to learn about their cultures and problems, and this will open your eyes to what is happening in the transport sector in Europe and on every continent in the world.

Meet Golnoosh from Iran

Programme: Sustainable Urban Mobility Transitions

Entry University: Aalto University

Exit University: Eindhoven University of Technology

Background: Urban Planning and Urban Design

Why did you choose this master's programme?

I participated in a workshop about Urban Mobility, held in my home country, Iran. The CEO of MOVE Mobility Company from the Netherlands came to Iran and presented their experiences in urban mobility in the Netherlands and other countries. Upon completing the workshop, I was so inspired and wanted to apply for a master's programme in Urban Mobility. One of the attractive aspects of the EIT Urban Mobility master's programmes is to study in two European Universities. As an international student, it is an exciting opportunity and full of new experiences to live in two countries and study in two universities. Besides, the universities' ranking was another essential factor for me as the universities cooperating for this programme are among the best universities in Europe.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

In addition to obtaining two master's degrees from two European Universities, I can also point out another aspect on how the EIT supports its students. For example, besides our study programme, various events and workshops are held by EIT, and summer school is just one of them and also the Innovation Days were held about two weeks ago. It was an online event, and different companies from various countries introduced themselves and their projects. It was possible to send them a message, share our ideas, resumes, etc. while members of the companies could invite us to meet or cooperate with them. I also participated in another workshop during January, which EIT shared with us. It was about sketch-up tutoring, and it was a perfect course for me. Moreover, we have of course exciting courses in our programme. One of the classes I have enjoyed is related to the Start-Up experience. It is like a real experience; we are modelling our ideas and proposing new solutions for specific problems. We are making plans for all stages and receive support/input from our professors in this course. The second course I enjoyed was related to transport modelling. It was like an actual project from the City of Helsinki. We, as a group, proposed a solution for the traffic congestion in a harbour in Helsinki, and then we remodelled this place. These two courses have been very beneficial for me, as with practice, I learned how to prepare myself for real-life projects at the companies.

Can you share a bit of your student life? 

The nature in Helsinki is fantastic. I live on the Aalto campus, and my room is very close to the lake! There are great walking paths around the campus and my accommodation. I walk around there almost every day after the lectures. Also, together with the other EIT UM students, we have been gathering and exploring Helsinki during the weekends. I have a fantastic experience studying together with the other international students and having them as my neighbours. It is so delightful to share our culture and food in the group. Alternatively, during the weekends, students can also join the built environment guild, and they organize some entertaining programmes around the campus. Helsinki is the city of saunas, of course! You can see them almost everywhere. One of the winter activities here in Finland is to go to the sauna and then jump into the snow while some people go for ice fishing, for which one should make a hole on the frozen lake and try fishing. Finland has a lot to offer; you can also go skiing or rent a cosy cottage by the sea with your friends in nature and try out different activities each season. 

What are your plans for the future?

For the future, I am planning to improve my software knowledge and work with different experts and companies. I am so excited to become an expert in sustainable urban mobility and be part of an innovative team. After graduation, I am considering applying for a position, and I would like to work on cycling in cities.

Why should prospective students choose this programme?

I encourage students to participate in this programme because we have a big supporter, the EIT community. Second, this programme is held in cooperation with the best universities with excellent backgrounds in this field. Third, living and studying in two countries would be interesting and exciting experience for everyone. You can expand your knowledge, and get to know various cultures while being exposed to different ideas!

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