In most countries the development of human resources has not kept pace with the challenges of urbanization. This has led to an increasing demand for specialized training for administrators, decision makers and planners.
In response to this demand Technische Universität Berlin since the year 2005 offers the international, postgraduate full-time Masters course in ‘Urban Management’. The issues addressed relate to the most pressing problems of urban development word-wide, including environmental degradation, the insecure land tenure of the urban poor, climate change in cities, inadequate decision making and planning systems, poor housing and working conditions, as well as inadequate infrastructure, water and air pollution, lack of waste management and deteriorating historic areas. The aim of this course is to contribute towards the development of socially inclusive, sustainable, safe and resilient cities worldwide.
The internationally recognized Master of Science Degree in Urban Management is awarded on the successful completion of the Urban Management Program. The language of instruction is English. The Master Course in Urban Management is open to graduates from various disciplines and all countries. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 students per year. So far, our students and graduates have come from the following countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Great Britain, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zambia.
The start of the new intake of the Master Course is October every year. The duration of the course is 3 semesters. Two semesters are reserved for classes at Technische Universität Berlin and include the following core modules:
The third semester is dedicated to further specialization through the preparation of a Master's thesis. Thesis topics can include research questions relating to the student's home country, or to Germany or a third country. The thesis may be prepared in Germany or abroad – with online supervision. The program also requires an internship at a relevant institution in Germany or abroad. German language courses are offered throughout the first year of study.
The objectives and structure of the program as well as the examination requirements and details on how the examinations are carried out are set down in the study and examination regulations (inofficial English translation).
For further information please read the module catalogue.
The program requires an internship at a relevant institution in Germany or abroad (minimum 7,5 weeks or 300 hours – 10 ECTS).
Further information is available in the program’s internship regulations.
The 3rd semester of the course is dedicated to the Master's thesis, which can be done in the home country of the student or in another country. The internship can also be carried out abroad.
This Master course is designed to be completed in full-time. It can only be completed in part-time in some reasonable exceptions. In such cases, please refer to the study coordination team.
Results of current course evaluations are made available to registered users (Login via TU Portal).
If you have further questions regarding the study program that are not answered on this website, feel free to reach out to the study coordination team of Urban Management.