Start: September 2017 (contingent upon accreditation)

MADE in Amsterdam!

The MSc program on Metropolitan Analysis, Design And Engineering (MSc MADE) trains students to be able to identifying and analysing contemporary metropolitan problems and at designing innovative, sustainable solutions by making use of inter- and transdisciplinary, socio-technical research, design and engineering approaches. Students in the program will make use of new technologies, enabling a much faster and accurate use of data on – the functioning of – cities and at larger scales than ever before. Analysis and interpretation of these data contributes to a better understanding of current metropolitan challenges and to an informed and grounded implementation of solutions. The research and education activities in the MSc MADE program will interlink abstract theories and people’s real lives in metropolitan areas, using the latter as a living laboratory to implement and test socio-spatial-technical innovations.

The master will be offered as a joint degree program by Delft University of Technology and Wageningen , and as full master program is built on their joint research activities, and consolidated in their participation together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). An MSc MADE graduate is specialized on one hand and an integrator on the other, able to create synergy between specialists from other disciplinary backgrounds. The heart of the MADE program relates to [i] the flows of the city (mobility, water, energy, food, waste) [ii] the AMS approach of sensing the city (analysis, data), designing solutions (design), and integrating technology (engineering), and [iii] to the AMS research domains (circular city, vital city, and connected city) aiming at sustainability and safeguard people’s quality of life, and human wellbeing. The MSc program is student-centred, entrepreneurial and operates in the territorial context of Amsterdam.

A Curriculum for Integrators, a Master Proof for Metropolitan Analysts, Designers and Engineers

The two-year MSc program on Metropolitan Analysis, Design, and Engineering is a combination of in-situ and online education, a thorough training in academic skills, project work connected to the AMS research portfolio and/or AMS industrial and societal partners aiming at creating socio-technical solutions, and finally the writing of an individual academic thesis.

The first year consists of three core and two supporting courses in which the student acquires the competences to integrate knowledge and skills within the sphere of metropolitan analyses, design and engineering. Metropolitan Challenges illuminates the metropolis as whole. It gives an historical-critical overview, with reasons for existing and emerging cities, and the technological challenges they are facing today, presenting a range of conceptual views on the cycles and spheres of urban mobility, water, healthcare and wellbeing, food, waste, and energy. Students learn to elaborate on them by means modelling and design, with a written account. Metropolitan Innovators complements the first course, yet starting from the level of actors creating new ideas, devices, and methods and in this manner influence the fabric of the metropolis. Students are introduced to the broad scope of human actors, ranging from civil servants, public sector professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, to pro-active citizens, and relate them to a variety of entities in the urban environment. The course discusses tools and frameworks for unravelling the complex metropolitan challenges and presents approaches from different areas of knowledge dealing with metropolitan problems; lessons learned from urban studies, and humanities. In Metropolitan Solutions students work in teams on a themed issue in a metropolitan region commissioned by a client from the private or public sector. Based on their brief, students develop a consultancy or project plan, which leads to the ‘metropolitan solution’, either a socio-technical design-related project and/or strategy responding to the client’s request. The solution operates within the larger metropolitan system, while interrelating actors and entities. The supporting courses on Entrepreneurship and on Metropolitan Data are required in order to fulfil the competences needed in the academic core of the curriculum. They are set in an on-line and practice oriented learning environment, which give the students the flexibility to participate effectively in the Delft and/or Wageningen specialisation trajectories.

As a consequence of the inter- and transdisciplinary group work in the two courses at the beginning, a strong MADE student community or cohort is formed. At the same time, the individual learning trajectories of students are central in every stage of the curriculum too. Students are asked to reflect on their progress in view of their personal capacity and express their preference in MADE themes, and fine-tune and adjust them if needed. In this line, the Differentiation Package offers additional ways in which the MADE program anticipates and responds to the variety of students’ desires and to the changing contexts and issues at play in the metropolitan regions.

The second year consists of three elements, which support the student to innovate knowledge and skills within the sphere of metropolitan analyses, design and engineering. Firstly, within the environment of the Living Lab, students are challenged to think and act on the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary levels and specialise themselves in a certain field of integrative solutions. Students can join a research team of Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, they can do a professional internship, or they can work self-employed with support of an incubator. Secondly, in a scientific learning environment, they write an academic thesis. Students learn about both the general contents and build their theoretical framework and they are trained in advanced specific analytical methods in order to make their conceptual approach and way of working explicit. Together the two courses prepare students for scientific engineering and practice-oriented research. A final course – Professional Profile – brings the two together by means of a reflective and integrating process, resulting in different professional profiles. It provides a kick-start for an entrepreneurial route, an academic career, or integrative positions in a firm or (non)governmental organisation.

It’s expected that as from January/February 2017 application will be open for students.
From that moment, see the online application and registration service for universities in the Netherlands: Studielink