The Bachelor in Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program which prepares students to understand and tackle the challenges associated with cities and urban development. Using problem-based learning and a hands-on approach to address real-world issues, the program equips students with the specialized skills needed for an international career in urban change, whether in the public, private or non-profit sectors.
This four-year undergraduate program is designed by IE School of Architecture and Design, an innovative, international institution which bridges the traditional gaps between academia, our communities, and the professional world.
City life and seeing connections among people, places, and processes even where they’re not obvious. You have a keen interest on practicing sustainability in cities to improve people’s lives and discovering more about cities and their impacts on a social, natural and built environments while understanding social ecosystems from multiple perspectives.
Create and impact on your immediate surroundings, make visible the invisible dynamics at work in cities, and understand the peoples and structures that make up cities.
If you choose to study the Bachelor in Urban Studies, then you will study the first year in Segovia and the last three years in Madrid.
Bachelor in Urban Studies
Centro de Estudios Superiores IE (Madrid) – 60 places
Escuela Técnica Superior de Estudios Integrados de Arquitectura (Segovia) – 60 places
Total number of credits: 240 ECTS*
Distribution of credits and subjects**:
Core subjects – 60 ECTS
Mandatory subjects – 138 ECTS
Elective subjects – 30 ECTS
Final Project – 12 ECTS
Architecture, Construction, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering
ACSUCYL*** – Buscador Títulos Oficiales
*European Credit Transfer System
**The character of the subjects is defined by the Spanish legislation
***Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y León
You’re curious and ready to question the world around you from multiple perspectives. You want to study a truly interdisciplinary program which integrates different areas of knowledge all with an eye on the city to promote creativity, innovation and opportunity. The Bachelor in Urban Studies gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills and forge your own unique career path.
Two, 50, 75 and 80 are the four numbers which provide a measure of the impact of cities. Although, they only occupy 2% of the planet’s surface, they accommodate more than 50% of the population, they consume 75% of global energy and produce 80% of global CO2 emissions. While our cities are places of innovation and contribute to our quality of life, but also produce challenges. Major problems exist in cities, but so do the major opportunities, opening a world of career possibilities.
Sustainability is fundamental to our future. Cities need to play an increasingly important role in tackling climate change. Cities’ exposure to climate and disaster risk is on the increase, as is their use of resources and generation of waste. The Bachelor in Urban Studies gives you the conceptual and analytical frameworks and skills needed for professions focused on urban change.
The Bachelor in Urban Studies uniquely combines social sciences with sustainability and new technologies in an innovative and creative way. Through real-world projects and case studies, you’ll be able to apply your learning immediately. Our city-labs will enable you to put theory into practice, and our collaborative agreements with top organizations give you real-world experience of problem-solving.
In this program, you’ll learn to see the connections between physical spaces and the social realm, understanding the complex relationship between the city and its inhabitants. You’ll see analyze the reality of the city from various perspectives, allowing you to discover integrated solutions which make a difference to people’s lives.
The Bachelor in Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who are interested in the complex issues facing cities today. The program focuses on the conceptual and analytical frameworks and specialized skills needed for professions that deal with urban change. You’ll study the city—past and present—and explore the latest trends in urban and environmental planning and policy, statistics, data science, geospatial analysis, and visualization. Using a hands-on approach, you’ll work with data and new technologies to address real urban problems.
With the Bachelor in Urban Studies, you can be sure of future-proofing your career. The program combines skills and insights drawn from multiple disciplines: social sciences, technology, natural science, law and policy, culture and humanities, and architecture and design. We’ve developed our own teaching methodology which incorporates knowledge from these disciplines, bringing them together to promote creativity, innovation, and opportunity.
The Bachelor in Urban Studies is structured into three components: the natural environment, the social environment and the built environment. The integration of these three components takes place in our innovative City Lab, where you’ll undertake hands-on projects. In the natural environment component of the program, you’ll learn about the functioning of ecosystems and the resources our cities use. The social environment examines the structure of social groups, urban demography, and city governance. And the built environment component deals with the physical aspects of cities such as city form, buildings, streets and open spaces with a special focus on urban design and planning.
The entire four-year program is structured around problem-based learning. Using practical examples of the real problems of cities, you´ll be able to develop your skills in our City Lab, which acts as a link between the academic and professional worlds. What’s more, our locations in Madrid and Segovia, with easy access to cities throughout Europe, mean we can use our cities as laboratories, allowing you to gain plenty of hands-on experience.
Using advanced technologies to gather information about aspects of the city and techniques such as data visualization, digital twins, and AI and VR, you’ll learn to model and interpret the behavior of different city systems. The program will be continuously updated with the latest technologies, so your skills are kept up to date.
At IE University, more than 75% of our student body comes from outside Spain, representing an average of 130 nationalities on campus each year. We take great pride in these numbers—and in the individuals behind them.
Our students are natural go-getters with a global outlook and a dream of a better future. Regardless of their degrees or passions, they strive every day to unleash their innovative potential and reach their goals. Driving this shared vision are people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. They are both united and entirely unique. These are our students. Discover their stories.
Manuel Pérez Romero,Academic Director of this program and Chair of the Center of Sustainable Cities at IE University, explains in-depth the Bachelor in Urban Studies.
Our 500-strong faculty guides students to unleash their potential day in, day out. Their influence across all five Schools can’t be overstated, inspiring young, energetic minds as they define their personal and professional trajectories.
But what kind of person does it take to create such impact? The individuals that make up the IE University faculty are special. Coming from diverse, global backgrounds, they each bring distinct perspectives and innovative ideas that embody what makes IE University stand out. Their stories are personal and unique—but don’t take our word for it. Read their stories to see for yourself.