Make a positive impact

Through Architecture & Design

 

Be part of the solution

To problems like climate change, poverty and conflict

 

Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

 

Diverse Employment Possibilities

Over 95% of our alumni work in the field of social design and development in a broad range of contexts

 
 

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International Setting

Over the last 14 years, we've welcomed 288 students from 69 countries

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ABOUT OUR PROGRAM


The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and increasing disaster scenarios. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the UIC Barcelona (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya).

This is the only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

WHY STUDY IN THE MICSEA PROGRAM?

RANKED 2ND BEST MASTERS DEGREE IN SPAIN IN 2023

and within the top 3 for the past 6 years

in the Design and Architecture category of the El Mundo Ranking.

Prestigious faculty & Partners

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat. Students will also obtain a certificate from our partner organization IFRC.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in top institutions working in areas of post-disaster, post-conflict and sustainable urban development. We have agreements with over 40 organizations globally  including international institutions such as UN Habitat, MSF and Shelter Centre as well as smaller scale NGOs, and research institutions such as BCNUEJ.

Fieldtrip

Included in the tuition costs is a fieldtrip where we team up with local organizations on on-going projects, as well as students from RMIT’s MoDDD and local universities. This 10 day workshop provides a unique experience to put into practice the theory and tools gained throughout the Masters. Look in our blog for to see previous Fieldtrips.

Course Certified by IFRC

Our Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements course is certified by the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), providing students with the necessary skills to lead and coordinate Shelter Clusters on the field during the emergency response phase. The course is course taught by professionals from the IFRC as well as from other organizations like MSF, IOM, and UNHCR.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 53 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

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Alumni are making an impact
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institutions have hosted our students' internships
90
of graduates are hired in the sector within one year of graduating

OUR PARTNERS

We have agreements with the top leading agencies in humanitarian response and development, leading universities, and form part of the Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme.

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ALUMNI

Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about the program:

VISITING PROFESSORS AND COLLABORATORS

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2024-2025

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONSDeadline December 5th, 2023! INCREASING EMERGENCY SCENARIOS REQUIRES MULTIDISCIPLINARY STRATEGIESWould you like to make a difference through architecture and urbanism? Then this masters program may be the one…

Online Session

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¿Are you interested in Emergency Architecture? Join us on November 21st at 7pm (Barcelona time) in this Online Session and Q&A with the Master's team: Carmen Mendoza (director) and Allison…

New 2023-24 Course: 15th Edition!

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This October we’ve kicked off the 15th edition of our masters program! It’s amazing to see how the program has evolved over these last 15 years. We want to share…

ALUMNI INTERVIEW: VALENTINA RIVERSO

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Exciting News! Our Alumni Interviews are Back! As we embark on the new academic year of 2023-2024, we are thrilled to kick off our Alumni Interview series once again. Our…