Taught course

Sustainable Smart Cities

Staffordshire University · Computing and Digital Technologies

Entry requirements

Honors degree, or equivalent, from an officially recognised Institution of Higher Education in an appropriate subject. Candidates who have substantial related work experience, with a demonstrable interest in or a commitment to urban planning, sustainability and environmental management issues and/or smart city approaches will also be considered. Where specific professional expertise is involved, candidates who do not have a first degree, but who have qualifications or experiences which could be accredited through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) are welcome to apply. Postgraduate diploma recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree or accredited professional or vocational experience in urban planning / design / management / sustainability related areas of practice will also be considered. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English Language and may IELTS standard of at least 6 or TOEFL score of between 60-78 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The Sustainable Smart Cities Dual 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 course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to assess, design and implement sustainable smart cities strategies across the globe.
As a Dual Award you will receive two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and one from Staffordshire University. Upon successful completion of the Master’s programme you will be awarded the following degrees:
  • MEng Sustainable Smart Cities (UAB)
  • MSc Sustainable Smart Cities (SU)
The course 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 course?
This course is aimed at leaders and professionals in public and private sector organisations who seek to design, develop, and deliver smart and sustainable urba 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 course 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.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

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