Urban Management
Urban Management, M.Sc

Program Overview

The continuing education master’s degree in Urban Management addresses the currently most pressing challenges faced by urban conurbations, where upheavals, the pressure to adapt, and accumulated needs create special development tasks and problems. The program aims to equip you with the specialist knowledge required to practically address the problems involved in the management and design of such spatial transformation processes. Teaching is based upon examples drawn from real situations in a global context and places particular emphasis on combining various fields of action which are often treated in isolation. You will acquire a wide range of knowledge relating to organizational, administrative, legal, and fiscal issues in areas such as urban planning and renewal, housing development, environmental sciences, the planning of social infrastructures, and transport management. The program also focuses closely on the skills required for management, communication, and applying for positions.

You are required to pay tuition fees for this program. Details of current fees can be found under Tuition Fees and Costs.

Prospective students will also find a helpful brief overview of the most important facts in the degree program profile.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study3 semesters
Credit points90
Program startWinter semester
AdmissionRestricted admission
Language of instructionEnglish


Portraits of our alumni from all over the world, who report on their motivation for participating in the Urban Management program and their experiences during and after their studies.

Information about the Study Program


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.

Course of Study

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:

  • Urban Economics
  • Urban Governance and Planning
  • Resource and Environmental Management
  • Spatial Justice
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Land Management
  • Project Management

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).

Modules and Courses

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.

Studying abroad

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.

Part-time Study

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.

Quality-assurance of the Degree Program

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Course Guidance

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.

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Course Guidance

The coordination team, the advisory board and the lecturers of the course offer information for prospective students as well as support for general and specific issues relating to the Master's program in Urban Management.

Examination Board

Everything about the examination board and the study and examination regulations in the study program.