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Study programmes

The School of Spatial Planning offers the following academic programmes:

  • Bachelor of Spatial Planning is strucutred in eight semesters (four years) and features an interdisciplinary and comprehensive teaching approach. The B.Sc. offers students explorative learning in projects and urban designs (Project Studies). It qualifies for practice-oriented tasks within the field of spatial planning.
  • Master of Spatial Planning is structured in two semesters (one year) and features an interdisciplinary and comprehensive teaching approach. The M.Sc. offers the opportunity of eight specialisations and qualifies for an academic career or leading positions.
  • Master SPRING (Spatial Planning in Growing Economies) is structured in four semesters (two years) and features an interdisciplinary and comprehensive teaching approach with a focus on developing counties. The M.Sc. offers one year of teching in Dortmund and one year of teaching in one of the four partner universities in Ghana, The Philippines, Tanzania or Chile.

Compared to other planning schools, Dortmund’s characteristic is its practice orientation. It is provided via project work, urban designs and practice oriented seminars. Nevertheless, the School of Spatial Planning provides the students with a sound basis of theoretical knowledge. In addition the students get to know a range of subject areas and levels of planning. The range of study approaches and subjects prepares the students for a wide and varied field of work.

Project work is a central component at the School of Spatial Planning. The study course contains two of these group projects for the Bachelor and one for the Master. Generally, a project group contains 10 to 15 students who work on a topic over a period of two semesters in the Bachelor Course and for one semester in the Master Course. All project groups are professionally, methodically and didactically supervised by employees of the School. The practice orientation is deepened in several urban designs and supported by the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and drawing software like CAD.

The study course is complemented by internships and study abroad programs. This allows students to gain further practical and international experience. At present, more than 50% of the students use the School’s excellent international network to study one or two semesters abroad.