Urban Air Mobility

  • English
  • Online/Distance
  • variable, self-paced
  • 45 €

Profound insights of exploring new fields in the area of Aerospace

How can the traffic collapse of the global multi million cities be prevented? One way out could lead upwards: Urban air transport. By 2030, it is estimated that around 60 percent of humanity will live in cities. If it is possible to shift some of the traffic from the roads to the air, researchers believe this could help to further ensure the basic human need for mobility. But there are still some technical, social, and legal preconditions to be met.

The course gives a first introduction to the relatively new field of Urban Air Mobility, explaining the technical background as well as giving an overview of all other necessities such as air traffic management, public acceptance, and ecological sustainability.

Why this program?

If you are keen to learn and understand the concepts of Urban Air Mobility in the most practical and simple way, then this is the right course for you. As part of a newly launched Air Mobility Initiative (AMI), Bavarian companies and researchers from the Munich Aerospace research group “Urban Air Mobility” are accelerating the development of electric air transport. In this newly published online course, participants of the initiative provide insights into this exciting future field.


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  • Provider: TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning
  • Certificate: After successful completion of the final exam, participants will receive a certificate from Coursera and the Technical University of Munich.
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Language: English
  • Start of MOOC courses: The course is self-paced. The enrollment is possible anytime.
  • Payment: During application on the platform for a verified certificate.
  • Requirements: -Basic knowledge of Aerospace science is beneficial.
    -Background in Aerospace and Engineering is a must and will make you progress faster.
  • Target group: Learners who are keen to explore new fields in Aerospace and want to understand the in depth concepts of new mobility and the influence of Urban Air Mobility on the entire transport system.
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Program Fee:* The program fee is 45€. Access to lectures and assignments depends on your type of enrollment. If you take the course in audit mode, you will be able to see most course materials for free. To access graded assignments and to earn a Certificate, you will need to purchase the Certificate experience, during or after your audit.

*Based on our experience, the German tax benefits help many of our participants to self-finance their education as these can be worth of up to 50% of tuition fees and program related travel costs. Please, consultyour personal tax advisor for more details. For participants of our programs residing outside Germany this might be applicable, please check the situation with the local tax authorities in your country of residence.



This first course module gives an overview of all aspects that define “Urban Air Mobility”. It explains the concept of Urban Air Mobiltiy as well as all crucial factors, such as vehicle and power train design, infrastructure and vertiport design, etc.

In this module, Dr. Markus May presents the approach to the topic of Urban Air Mobility from an industry perspective and shows the ideas of Airbus in this context.

In this module, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport presents the national policies and the legal framework for Urban Air Mobility in Germany.

This module describes different approaches and data used to model travel demand. An introduction to discrete choice models is provided.

Decision makers at airports and airlines face many challenges and require support to deal with these effectively and appropriately. This gives rise to a variety of difficult and interesting problems. This module looks at three big classes of problems and discusses applicable general solution approaches.

This module is about understanding how traffic management for urban air mobility could work and what conditions need to be designed in an urban environment.

This module explains the common transport and land use planning processes that are required for building UAM vertiports.

This course covers a range of topics related to determining the demand for previously unavailable modes of transport, such as UAM.

Professor Rodrigues from Concordia University in Montreal presents the basics of trajectory planning, also, he describes how infrastructure, social acceptance, sustainability, flight data and air traffic management, as well as the regulation and certification serve as most important pillars in air mobility.

This module discusses some of the economic conditions (cost, demand, finance) that must be met for market viability of eVTOL vehicles in passenger transportation networks.


Audit track

  • Price: Free
  • Access to course material: limited
  • Shareable certificate upon completition: No
  • Graded assignments and exams: No

Verified track

  • Price: €45
  • Access to course material: unlimited
  • Shareable certificate upon completition: included
  • Graded assignments and exams: included


  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler, Chair of Carbon Composites, TUM
  • Dr Kay Plötner (BHL), Team Leader, Bauhaus Aviation e.V.
  • Prof. Dr. Maximilian Moll, Aviation Management, University of the German Armed Forces
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Moeckel, Civil, Geo- and Environmental Engineering, TUM
  • Prof. Dr. Constantinos Antoniou, Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, TUM
  • Dr Bernd Korn, Head of Pilot Assistance, DLR
  • Dr. Markus May, Founder & Managing Director, Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH
  • Prof. Laurie Garrow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Luis Rodrigues, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University Montreal
  • Prof.Dr. Humberto FAJ Bettini, Production Engineering Department (SEP) (Sao Carlos), University of São Paulo
  • Dr. Jan Dirks, Officer, The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure


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