Program Details

 
 

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Structure



The Master’s in Sustainable Smart Cities is delivered via ten modules:


Principles of Sustainable Development (UAB) - drivers of sustainable smart cities (i.e. climate change, population growth, resource scarcity, etc.) and the principles of sustainable development.


Introduction to Sustainable Smart Cities (SU) - sustainable urban planning and smart growth, engaging with smart citizens, sustainable governance and creating sustainable economic development.

 
Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems (SU) - low carbon and renewable energy technologies, renewable energy integration and smart grids.

 
Managing Natural Resources and Sustainable Smart Cities (SU) - water, waste and carbon management, pollution prevention, climate adaptation and resilience and integrated environmental systems management.


Green Infrastructure and Transportation (UAB) - public and open space design, principles of urban design and smart sustainable mobility and transportation.


Green Buildings (UAB) - smart buildings and infrastructure, principles of sustainable construction, sustainable building materials, building and energy management systems and standards and rating systems.


Health & Liveability (UAB) - genomics, health informatics, designing for well-being:, environmental justice and food smart cities.


Smart Technologies for Cities & Buildings (SU) - Internet of things, remote sensing and communication technologies at individual building, neighbourhood and city-scale.


Big Data & Smart Cities (SU) - big data platforms and cloud computing, urban informatics, GIS and spatial analysis, measuring impact and data visualization.

 
Research Methods & Project Planning (UAB & SU) - introduction to research methods and the principles of project planning to enable students to plan for their capstone project.
Capstone Research Project (UAB & SU) - you will design and implement a piece of research that will enable you to reflect on the knowledge and skills which you have learned during your taught modules and apply them to a real world problem or issue. This research may draw on the practical and work-related experiences of the student.


Capstone Research Project (UAB & SU) -you will design and implement a piece of research that will enable you to reflect on the knowledge and skills which you have learned during your taught modules and apply them to a real world problem or issue.  This research may draw on the practical and work-related experiences of the student.


You will have an opportunity to present their capstone project findings at the annual Sustainable Smart Cities Research Symposium hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Staffordshire University.

 

Delivery Method & Assessment


Delivery

dddscreens small tcm44 83841All modules for this Award will be delivered exclusively online using the Canvas and Blackboard Collaborate virtual learning environments which are hosted by UAB. The internet-based delivery will include a combination of lectures, access to resources and materials, webinars and participation in online forums and discussion boards.

The program is highly interactive and you are expected to participate and interact with with tutors and fellow students. Each taught module runs a weekly live online tutorial. Students will have access to extensive electronic library resources from both the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Staffordshire University.

Assessment

Every module contributes to the overall final grade for the Award. To reflect the varied nature of the award content you will be formally Assessed in a variety of formats, including essays, reports, portfolios of tasks, and a range of shorter submitted assignments (including participation in online discussion boards) and in some modules by online examinations.  

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Technical Requirements 

As the program is delivered 100% online, you will need a PC or Apple Mac running Windows or OSX and an internet connection. In addition, you will need speakers/headphones and a microphone for your computer and an active email account.

 

Part-Time Study & Flexibility in Learning


The Master’s in Sustainable Smart Cities has been designed as a part-time award to be completed in two full calendar years. However, there is some flexibility for you to adjust the pace to suit your professional and family commitments. It is possible for you to study over an extended period longer than 2 years.

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A unique 24 month part-time professional Master's program delivered 100% online by experienced faculty from the USA and UK


Award Overview
The Sustainable Smart Cities Master's program from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) and Staffordshire University (UK) is a unique professional postgraduate program that provides an inter-disciplinary grounding in the principles, application and key technologies required to develop sustainable smart cities.

Delivered by experienced faculty at both UAB and Staffordshire University, this genuinely international program will equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to assess, design and implement sustainable smart cities strategies across the globe.

The program offers a broad curriculum covering sustainability theory, sustainable urban development, low carbon and renewable energy systems, green infrastructure, natural resource management, health and liveability, transport and mobility, big data analytics and smart technologies.

Who should take this program?
This program is aimed at leaders and professionals in public and private sector organisations who seek to design, develop, and deliver smart and sustainable urban solutions. It will be suitable for the following:
  • Senior Executives, Mayors, and Elected Representatives
  • Policy Makers
  • Building Services Engineers
  • Urban Planners
  • Architects
  • Urban Designers
  • Civil and Transport Engineers
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Software Programmers
  • ICT Professionals
  • Public Health and Social Medicine Professionals
  • Environmental and Sustainability Managers
  • Social Scientists
This award is particularly suitable for graduates who have been working for a number of years and are looking to take the next step in their career, or professionals seeking a change of direction.

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