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Master of Science

Our degree pro­gram Master in Spatial Planning trains and develops skills for the organisation of planning projects on all planning and decision-making levels. Aim is to combine research with practice and to prepare students for international science and research as well as for management functions in spatial planning professions. A wide range of advanced courses from the eight specialization areas will build on the interdisciplinary basic knowledge acquired. After completing the degree pro­gram, you will be qualified to complete an urban planning traineeship.

The study project or urban studio design is a central part to the two-semester Master of Science pro­gram. It also includes lectures and seminars and it is possible to complete the pro­gram part-time.

Why study the master pro­gram at TU Dortmund University?

The Department of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University is the largest planning science de­part­ment in Europe and has a large number of specialisations from a wide range of planning disciplines. These allow a wide range of specializations for entering into the most diverse professional fields of spatial planning,  enhanced by cooperations with the Ruhr University Bochum, e.g. in the field of renewable energies or in the field of property management through joint courses with the Faculty of Civil Engineering at TU Dortmund. Accordingly, the Master's degree pro­gram in Spatial Planning offers opportunities for specialization and courses that are not available to the same extent at any other planning de­part­ment.

Choosable specializations

  • Strategic Urban and Regional Development
  • Urban Planning
  • Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning, climate adaptation
  • Spatial and mobility research
  • Real Estate management (only German)
  • Renewable energies (only German)
  • Housing and Land Policy
  • Urban Transformation

Short portrait

Degree Master of Science
Standard Study Period 2 semesters
Credit Points 60 ECTS
Language of Tuition German, English
Start of Study Summer and winter term
Admission Requirement German: qualified (with a grade of "satisfactory") Bachelor's degree, provided that one of the following applies:
  • Case A: Graduates in Bachelor or Diploma Spatial Planning at the TU Dortmund University
  • Case B: Graduates with a Bachelor's degree or Diploma in urban/spatial planning at another location with a minimum of 240 LP
  • Case C: Graduates with a Bachelor's or Diplom degree in urban/spatial planning at another location with less than 240 CP
  • Case D: Graduates of a bachelor's or diploma pro­gram in urban/spatial planning from abroad
  • Case E: Graduates of a related degree pro­gram

English: For English-language Master's pro­gram Spatial Planning: language skills
  • TOEFL (550 points paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based)
  • IELTS (Minimum 6,0 points)
  • MELAB (Minimum 78 points)

The Admissions Committee of the Department of Spatial Planning decides on admission individualised.
Admission Restriction Summer semester: January 31st
Winter semester: July 31st

International Students
Summer semester: December 15th
Winter semester: May 15th
Application for International Applicants Information on the special admission regulations can be found at the Registrar´s Office and at the International Office
Semester Contribution Information on the semester contributions can be found here:
Re-registration and semester contribution