Master of Urban Design and Engineering

The aim of the Master of Urban Design and Engineering (MUDE) programme is to take an interdisciplinary approach in teaching with greater emphasis on practical problem solving. At present, there are no prevailing programs in India to adopt this pedagogical approach and hence at CUSE we decided to start Masters in UDE.


  1. To expose students to urbanization challenges and prepare them for bringing improvement in of quality of urban life
  2. To impart interdisciplinary approach and holistic thinking in the students curriculum
  3. To develop human resource in the field of Urban Design and Engineering

Integrated Approach


The program will create a team of urban professionals who on one hand know the planning and on the other side will also know design challenges of urban infrastructure. Such human resource will help the cities to develop on smarter and sustainable path. Apart from the human resource creation, the program in UDE will have following additional benefits for various stakeholders:

  • Creation of Urban Knowledge Repositories
  • Providing decision support to national/state/city agencies
  • Exploiting Informatics – Use information and algorithms to improve quality of life and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Capacity building in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Training of Human Resources

Structure of the Masters in UDE

  • Total 170 credits
  • 18 intake (9 MHRD + 9 Industry/ULB)

Semester I

  • 2 Core courses
  • 1 UDE Lab
  • 3 Electives
  • Seminar
  • Communications skills

Semester II

  • 1 Core course
  • 1 UDE Studio*
  • 2 Electives
  • 1 Institute Elective

Targeted Internship [May-June] – to be determined by CUSE

Semester III

  • Masters Project 1

Semester IV

  • Masters Project 2

Note: *UDE Lab is preferably completed successfully before the UDE studio

Eligibility Criteria:

B.Tech./B.E.  or equivalent degree in any branch of Engineering, OR Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban Planning or related disciplines;


Valid GATE score in any subject.

Admissions Criteria:

  • Percentile cutoffs of GATE across will be identical across disciplines
  • 70% weighting to GATE scores
  • 30% weighting to Internal Assessment consisting of Test and Interview

Course Curriculum

Program Structure

Semester I II III IV Total Credits
Core Courses 12 6 18
Elective Courses 18 12 30
Institute Electives 6 6
Laboratories/Studios 8 8 16
Seminar 4 4
R&D Project 0
Communication Skills +6 +6
Course Total 30 24+6 0 0 54+6
Project 48 42 90
Total Credits 42 32+6 48 42 164+6

Note: *UDE Lab is preferably completed successfully before the UDE studio

Semester-wise courses

Sem Course Name L T P Credits Core/ Elective
I US 602 Fundamentals of Urban Science and Engineering 3-0-0 6 C
US 606 Urban Environmental Infrastructure 2-1-0 6 C
Elective I 3-0-0 6 E
Elective II 3-0-0 6 E
Elective III 3-0-0 6 E
US 6xx UDE Laboratory* 0-2-4 8 C
US-694 Seminar 4 C
Semester total credits 42
II US 603 Research Methods in Urban Science 3-0-0 6 C
Elective IV 3-0-0 6 E
Elective V 3-0-0 6 E
Institute elective 3-0-0 6 E
US 6xx UDE Studio* 0-2-4 8 C
HS-791 Communication skill 2 C
US-792 Communication skill 4 C
Semester total credits 32+6
III US-xxx Dissertation I Stage* 48 C
IV US-xxx Dissertation II Stage* 42 C
  Program total credits 164+6

Note: *New course (or modification in existing courses) proposed to be introduced. Corresponding course approval forms are provided below in the same order.

List of Electives

Department Electives

S. No. Course Code Course Name
1 US 601 Urban Geomatics and Analytics
2 US 604 Management Techniques for Urban Systems
3 US 605 Introduction to Building: Functional Design and Science
4 US 606 Urban Environmental Infrastructure
5 US608/CE 639* Green Building Design
6 US 609/CE 649* Introduction to Urban Design
7 US 610 Design for Sustainable Development and Urbanization

Notes: *Cross-listed courses

2 out of the 5 Electives taken must be Department Electives from the courses listed above.

General Electives

Department of Civil Engineering

  1. CE-609 3-0-0-6 Transportation Infrastructure systems
  2. CE-751 3-0-2-8 Urban transportation systems planning
  3. CE-605 3-0-0-6 Applied statistics
  4. CE 768 Urban Water and Environmental Management

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

  1. CS 620 New Trends in IT
  2. CS 671 ICT for Socio-economic Development

Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering

  1. ES 658 Environmental Change and Sustainable Development
  2. ES 635 – Air Pollution Science and Engineering
  3. ES 645 – Environmental Law and Policy


  1. GNR 630 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies.
  2. GNR603 Principles of Remote Sensing
  3. GNR605 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
  4. GNR607 Principles of Satellite Image Processing
  5. GNR623 GPS: Principles and Applications


  1. HS 601 Development Planning & Policies:  Issues & Alternatives
  2. HS 606 Environmental Planning & Development


  1. EN 601 Non-conventional Energy Source
  2. EN 606 Energy Resources, Economics & Environment
  3. EN 607 Energy Management
  4. EN 624 Conservation of Energy in Buildings
  5. EN 632 Waste to Energy


  1. MGT 637 Project Management

Institute Elective:

The Institute Elective has to be taken from amongst those available as Institute Electives (IE) from the departments listed below:

  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering
  • CSRE
  • HSS
  • DESE
  • SOM

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