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Course structure

Updated November 22, 2017

Mobility of both students and staff is instrumental to a rich learning experience and is a key added value to the already well-established postgraduate education pathways at partner institutions. MUrCS offers a range of mobility experiences under different educational, professional, geographical, socio-cultural and language environments along the study path. The overall objective of creating a new skill/profession by integrating knowledge to manage the complex task of leadership in Urban Climate and Sustainability makes interactions between the streams necessary throughout the whole course. Even if students focus on their respective specialisms during different parts of the programme, the cohort is kept together as much as possible, to encourage cross-subject activities – crucial for an integrated approach. This will be further strengthened by the continuity of the transverse skills modules.

This philosophy underpins the innovative system of mobility, described below.

Each intake is structured as follows:

  1. Semester 1 at GCU in Glasgow, starts with core modules, common for all students and offered with the participation of all partners and selected experts. This semester also includes research methods and transverse skills (professional orientation) blocks.
  2. Semester 2 takes place at LAMK in Finland for all students. This semester includes 30 ECTS offered by the host partner (core or elective for different streams) and a further 15 ECTS of modules accomplished by teachers from the other partners.
  3. Semester 3 offers students the first choice of study place. It is recommended to attach to the specialism HEI, while several modules are still offered by other partners. These may adapt in time to the actual demand, or may be offered in ‘distance learning’ mode.
  4. Semester 4 is devoted to thesis work, preferrably at the partner institution best aligned with the primary specialism. This work will be supervised by two teachers from different institutions reflecting students’ primary and secondary specialisms. It is also possible to conduct the thesis research work at one of the Associate Partner Universities.

Thus, a MUrCS graduate will have earned a total of 120 ECTS, whereof;

  • Basic modules: 30 ECTS,
  • Core modules: 39–54 ECTS (depending on Stream),
  • Elective modules: 7–22 ECTS out of more than 80 ECTS available,
  • Thesis, integrating the student’s primary and secondary specialisms: 30 ECTS.

MUrCS consortium is supported by Associate Partners; six universities and six Industry/Public Sector bodies, bringing in subject-specific specialist knowledge and regional expertise. Industry/public sector bodies enable a problem-oriented blended learning approach and bring working life perspectives. The academic partners will be the principal points of contact in the four selected target regions to help contextualise the MUrCS curriculum to regional realities. Guest lecturers will be invited from among Associate Partner staff to enhance regional relevance and contextualisation of the MUrCS curriculum.