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The M.Sc. Spatial Planning is a two-semester-programme which welcomes especially students from the fields of urban and regional planning, spatial planning, and urban design. Also students from similar disciplines like geographers, (landscape) architects or civil engineers are welcome to apply M.Sc. Spatial Planning if their studies respectively working experience correspond with the content of the bachelor programme of the School of Spatial Planning.

Depending on the particular curriculum the students are able to choose seminars out of different specialisations. The specialization taught in English is called Urban Transformations (also see the quick overview in RaumPlanung 198/ 5-2018). 

Applicants who can’t proof 240 ECTS from their studies before are not qualified to start the M.Sc. Spatial Planning. The master programme serves especially to prepare students for working in international fields of operation in science and research, but also in practice-related occupational fields in spatial planning which require a close link between research and practice. This approach takes into account the increasing demands of professional practice for scientifically based planning knowledge and for skills in managing large-scale projects on all levels of planning and decision- making in the context of spatial planning as well as skills in managing interdisciplinary task forces.

With the consecutive master programme Spatial Planning, students acquire an additional professional qualification. At the same time, the master programme serves as preparation for acquiring a doctorate.

The master programme Spatial Planning qualifies students in particular to apply basic knowledge in spatial planning in new contexts on an interdisciplinary basis and to extend their knowledge and skills individually in chosen fields of spatial planning research activities.

On the basis of the skills and abilities acquired in the spatial planning master programme, spatial planners are qualified

  • to scientifically analyse and evaluate the natural, social, cultural and technological prerequisites of applied spatial planning
  • to identify and evaluate the spatial effects of social, economic and cultural developments on all spatial levels
  • to creatively cooperate in the development of spatial planning as a science on the basis of comprehensive scientific methods and international research findings
  • to cooperate analytically, methodically as well as creatively in solutions for complex spatial planning assignments
  • to integrate global challenges like climate change and demographic change with their demands in the context of planning assignments on a local, regional and European level     
  • to lead-manage and moderate comprehensive spatial planning projects as well as to lead interdisciplinary task forces
  • to communicate the special interests and objects of spatial planning to political decision-makers and different social target groups on various planning and decision-making levels of spatial planning
  • to critically analyse and reflect the planners’ own actions against the background of current national and international debates in spatial planning science

The master programme is to determine whether students have acquired the necessary basic skills for managerial positions in professional practice, whether they possess a comprehensive overview of their subjects as well as the necessary skills to also apply advanced scientific methods and findings independently as well as in groups.