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Urban and Regional Planning, M.Sc.

Program overview

Urban and Regional Planning looks at the many diverse needs of society when it comes to the structured and unstructured environment and the conflicts and opportunities for action that arise from this. In the master’s program, you can choose your own concentrations: urban planning and building culture, development of existing buildings and integrated urban development, land-use planning, law and administration, global urban development processes, or urban and regional research.

You have the opportunity to participate in a dual degree programm with the Universidad de Buenos Aires/Argentina.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

The formal admission requirement for the consecutive master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning is a first university degree from an at least six-semester study program in urban, regional, or spatial planning or a closely related subject qualifying the applicant for professional work.

The Urban and Regional Planning master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are offered in English. However, this is not a condition for admission to studies.

You can find more information about the application, admission, and selection procedures in the application and admission regulations of the degree program (see the link "Study and examination regulations").

Program structure

The master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning is a project program with a high proportion of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching in the form of student projects. Students are required to participate in an excursion. The excursions offered are to destinations outside of Berlin and last at least five days. Ideally, the excursion is completed as part of a student project.

In the compulsory component, modules totaling 45 credit points must be taken in the areas of student projects and planning theory as well as in the chosen concentration. Additionally, the master's thesis encompasses a total of 23 credit points.

In the concentrations (compulsory elective component), you must complete a total of 34 credit points. You can choose two concentrations. These include urban planning and building culture, developing existing buildings and integrated urban development, land-use planning, law and administration, global urban development processes, or urban and regional research. In addition, to gain more in-depth practical planning skills, modules totaling 6-9 credit points must be taken in the methods component (compulsory elective component).

The elective component includes modules totaling 9-12 credit points.

The objectives and further 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.

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. You can find it as an annex to the study and examination regulations.

Study and examination regulations:

Content and modules

The master’s degree program in Urban and Regional Planning consists of modules which combine curriculum content on a specific topic and often include various study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more.

The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

To module database

Internships

During the program, you must complete an internship or several internships totaling at least 120 hours. Professional work that you did before and during your previous university degree program can be counted towards this. At the latest when registering for the last module examination, proof of these internships must be submitted.

All further details relating to internships can be found in the internship regulations.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information concerning stays abroad is available from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) or the Career Service (internships abroad).

More information on the dual degree programm with the Universidad de Buenos Aires/Argentina can be found on the website of the master's program.

Acquired skills

The master’s program in Urban and Regional Planning is intended to prepare you for responsible positions in land-use planning at all levels. As a graduate, you are able to work on research questions, create suitable research designs, and apply specialized research methods. In addition to the expert content, you acquire the following skills:

  • Sensitivity to existing social relationships, 
  • The ability to analyze dependencies between land-use requirements and social development, 
  • Developing approaches to solutions and strategies to complex problems,
  • The ability to conduct interdisciplinary work cooperatively while sharing the workload,
  • The ability to make critical and socially responsible judgments, 
  • The ability to work on all of the degree program’s topics under consideration of gender,
  • Techniques to steer and accompany planning processes (e.g. moderation, mediation),
  • Reflecting on the role of the planner in society.

After your studies

After completing the degree program, you are qualified to work independently and responsibly as an urban and regional planner on a scientific basis and under consideration of engineering, sociological, economic, ecological, cultural, and legal aspects. During the program, you will be prepared for tasks in administration, research, and project management companies as well as in private planning offices. Another important field of activity is land-use planning in an international context. Integrative, holistic planning approaches are particularly important here. Students particularly suited to research can gain further qualification for future tasks in research in the concentration “urban and regional research”.

Further information & downloads

Website of the Degree Program

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance and Student Infotalk (in German)

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Subject-specific Counseling and Services

Office of Academic and Student Affairs of the Faculty

 

General guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs