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Admission Requirements

The M.Sc. Spatial Planning is a one-year full-time programme. Students are selected on the basis of their application and their previous education. The minimum entry requirement is a Bachelor or Diploma degree with at least 240 ECTS in spatial planning or any other spatial discipline. Depending on the previous degree, the previous study time, additional courses and if applicable working experience in the field of spatial/urban planning, an application for the Master programme can be granted even with less than 240 ECTS. The Master Admission Board decides whether the conditions for the enrolment are given. The International Office is responsible for admissions of students who graduated at a school outside Germany.

Application & Language requirements

Language

The language of instruction is English. A prove of sufficient proficiency in English is a precondition for all applicants admitted to the programme. Common certificates as IELTS (a score of at least 6.5) and TOEFL (a score of at least 80) are accepted.

Who can apply?

ToPIR is a master programme for students with a vivid interest in the field of planning and governance studies. The M.Sc. programme is open to B.Sc. graduates from the Dortmund School of Planning, and B.Sc. graduates from other four year B.Sc. planning programmes in Germany and abroad (240 ECTS Credits). Students with a bachelor or master degree in related disciplines (such as, geography, urban and regional economics, political science, public management, urban design, landscape design, urban engineering) will have to prove their knowledge and competence in planning.
In a first round, this will be done on the basis of documents shown to the office of application. Successful candidates will then be interviewed in person (in Dortmund or by teleconference) to make a final decision.

Admission Requirements

The M.Sc. Spatial Planning is a one-year full-time programme. Students are selected on the basis of their application and their previous education. The minimum entry requirement is a Bachelor or a Diploma degree in spatial planning or any other spatial discipline.

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor or Diploma degree (at least “satisfactory” [3.0]) in spatial planning or a related discipline in a foreign university may be admitted. Related disciplines are particularly geography, landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering and urban planning (§ 3 paragraph 3 MPO 2012). Evidence of any professional activities must be included.

If it should not be possible to make a decision based on the submitted application documents handed in by applicants from related disciplines, submission of additional supporting documentation might be required. This supporting documentation may include proof of mentioned professional activities realized after the first professional degree as well as additional evidence that helps to determine whether the admission requirements are met or not. Take a look a the details of the admission procedure.

Qualifications for programme eligibility

We invite graduates with the following qualifications:

  • Graduates (Bachelor or Diploma) in Spatial Planning at the TU Dortmund University with sufficient language skills (Case A)
  • Graduates (Bachelor or Diploma) in Spatial Planning from another university than TU Dortmund University with a volume of at least 240 LP with sufficient language skills (Case B)
  • Graduates (Bachelor or Diploma) in Spatial Planning from a foreign university with sufficient language skills (Case C) (see below)
  • Graduates of a related discipline with sufficient language skills (Case D) (see below)

The decision is made by the Master Admission Board of the School of Spatial Planning. Cases C and D will be decided individually according to

  • previous studies,
  • subjects studied,
  • examinations taken and
  • work experience.

Admission is valid only for the semester in which it was applied for and issued. Admission expires if the student fails to enrol in the corresponding semester.

Application Documents

To apply, the following information and documents are required:

  • Print copy of the Application Form completed in its entirety
  • „Enrolment in admission-free programs“ at the Center for Study Matters (see TU Dortmund, Einschreibung) or the International Office (for applicants with non-German Bachelor degrees)
  • (officially notarized) copy of university certificate(s)
  • Proof of public health insurance or, in the case of privately insured persons, a certificate for "exemption from compulsory health insurance”
  • Only in cases C and D: explanatatory statement (in English language, approx. 2000-3000 characters, including blank spaces)
  • Only in case D: Examination regulations and module handbooks of the completed study programme in order to demonstrate the insignificance of differences with regard to the B. Sc. Programme Spatial Planning.

It is recommended to include a curriculum vitae that lists all evidence of relevant academic training and practical experience, if applicable. In individual cases applicants under case D may be asked to provide further additional explanations (e.g. project and design works, homework, term papers), that clearly show the formal eligibility of the applicant with regard to the B. Sc. Programme Spatial Planning.

If the applicant is not yet in possession of a graduation certificate, he/she can submit a certificate that gives an overview of grades that includes all examinations taken so far. Instead of a graduation certificate applicants may also submit suitable official documentation (e.g. certified transcript of grades), which confirms that a successful graduation is quite certain to take place before the M. Sc. Programme Spatial Planning starts. These applicants can be accepted with the proviso that the necessary documents are submitted before the programme begins. Enrolment is possible only after receiving all the necessary documents, in particular a proof of successful graduation.

The International Office is responsible for admissions of students that got their Bachelor degree outside of Germany (International Office)

Application schedule

Overview of the application procedure

The winter term starts first of October. The summer term starts first of April. Application periods differ according to the term:

  • 15th of March until 15th of July for winter term
    Notification of acceptance: End of August
  • 15th of November until 15th of January for summer term
    Notification of acceptance: End of February

Please consider: the earlier you send your application to the International Office, the earlier you will be notified whether your application was successful

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