The Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies is aimed at individuals with an interdisciplinary mindset: passionate about analytical thinking, data and economics, but also determined to tackle the challenges associated with cities and urban development. This unique combination of programs provides a solid grounding in the complex principles underpinning economics in the digital and tech era, as well as the conceptual and analytical frameworks needed for professions that deal with urban change.
This program equips students with a solid economic foundation combined with an understanding of the situations which underpin cities and societies from multiple perspectives. Using advanced tools and techniques, problem-based learning and a hands-on approach to real-world issues, the program prepares students for careers in a variety of areas including urban change, public policy and sustainability—whether in the public, private or non-profit sectors.
interested in analytical thinking and data, understanding the complexity of the principles that underpin economics in the digital and tech era, as well as seeing connections between people, places and processes—even when they’re not obvious. You’re curious to discover more about cities and their impacts on the social, natural and built environments and want to practice sustainability in cities to improve people’s lives.
ways to blend impact economics, business performance and your immediate surroundings, the Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies can help you discover ways to improve people’s lives in both the public and private sectors through a deep understanding of cities, human behavior, economic environments and markets.
You will study the Dual Degree in Economics & Urban Studies in Segovia and Madrid. You will spend the first year at the campus in Segovia, before moving to Madrid for year two, three, four and five.
Five reasons to take the Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies at IE University.
Designed for students who are curious and ready to question the world around them from multiple perspectives and who want to study a truly interdisciplinary program that integrates different areas of knowledge to promote creativity, innovation and opportunity. With this unique combination of programs, students will be able to broaden their skills and boost their employment potential in a variety of sectors and industries.
Students of the Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies will see the reality of the city from various perspectives, allowing them to discover integrated solutions which make a difference in people’s lives. As well as gaining a global understanding of the economy, they will discover how economics relates to human behavior and society by studying topics such as behavioral economics, experimental economics and behavioral nudging—all of increasing relevance in today’s world.
The world of work is changing rapidly as technology advances. Many of today’s job roles will not exist in ten years’ time. Stay ahead of the curve and ensure a future-proofed career path with this combination of two innovative, multidisciplinary programs.
Using advanced technologies including data processing techniques, data storage and protection, and computerized process simulation, students will gather information about aspects of the city. And with cutting-edge technologies such as data visualization, digital twins and AI, students can learn to simulate and model the behavior of the city as a complex system.
Urban settlements and technology around the world are rapidly co-evolving as flows of population, finance and politics are reshaping the very identity of cities and nations globally. At the same time, cities’ exposure to climate and disaster risk is on the increase, as is their use of resources and generation of waste. Sustainability is fundamental to our future—and students of the Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of the issues and how to address them.
This dual degree program uniquely combines economics and the social sciences with sustainability and new technologies in an innovative and creative way. After building a solid foundation in economics, students will then dive deeper into the social sciences, exploring sustainability and new technologies. Our world-class labs will enable students to put theory into practice, and our collaborative agreements with top companies facilitate real-world experience in problem-solving.
In this interdisciplinary program, students will study the urban development of cities from governmental, political and managerial perspectives. They will be able to understand the implications of automation, e-platforms and the circular and sharing economy, which are often excluded from traditional economics programs.
Students will have the tools to gain expert knowledge of a variety of topics, including environmental sustainability, transportation, land use, community change and social and economic justice. And they will be able to combine their knowledge of economic analysis with public policy and technology, to learn how to shape the economy, foresee responses to changes in policy and markets, and have a positive impact on society.
Students of the Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies will study the economy from a global perspective to comprehend its impact on societies and the complex issues that cities are facing today. Using a hands-on approach, students will work with data and new technologies to address real urban problems. Through real-world projects and case studies, students will be able to apply their learning immediately.
In our innovative City Lab, students will undertake hands-on projects using practical examples to address the real problems of cities. Integrating the three fundamental components of the natural environment, the built environment and the social environment, students will learn about the functioning of ecosystems, the resources our cities use, urban demography and city governance, as well as urban design and planning.
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, Academic Director of the Bachelor in Urban Studies, and Patricia Gabaldón, Academic Director of the Bachelor in Economics explain in-depth the Dual Degree in Economics and Urban Studies.
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