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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Spatial Planning


Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Field Engineering Sciences
Language German
Standard program duration 8 semesters
Admission restrictions Restricted admission for the 1st program semester:
Overview of the restricted admission procedure (German only)
Further in­for­mation Homepage (German only)
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

Spatial planning is an inter­dis­ci­plin­ary field within the engineering sciences that is concerned with spatial developments in living, working and environmental conditions. The different spatial levels stretch from home environment and neighborhood to suburb, town/city as a whole, surrounding area, regional and national level to European and in­ter­na­tio­nal level.

The task and objective of spatial planning is to analyze different spatial requirements, conflicts and opportunities, to build on this to demonstrate concepts, alternative solutions and strategies and to accompany their implementation. Current and fu­ture problems are handled from an anticipatory approach.

Topics can include, for example, the impacts of demographic change on the housing market and infra­structure demand or aspects related to migration and urban development. The con­se­quences of economic structural change for regional labor markets and the locational requirements of the business community number equally among the topics discussed as do the con­se­quences of environmental impacts and environmental risks.

In the frame­work of study and de­sign projects, lectures, tutorials and practical classes, the eight-semester B.Sc. in Spatial Planning takes an inter­dis­ci­plin­ary approach and gives students ex­ten­sive preparation for their later professional activities in planning practice and science. Apart from the fundamentals, practical skills (e.g., CAD, GIS) and specializations (e.g., transport, landscape and environment), knowledge of the theories and strategies needed to understand and solve complex (spatial) planning problems are taught. A particularly im­por­tant part of the program is re­search-based learning. The program fosters students’ self-motivated, independent and collaborative work and their scientific and application-oriented skills are trained in the frame­work of study and urban de­sign projects.

Knowledge and skills

In order to develop and put into practice problem-solving approaches and strategies, planners require – in addition to technical knowledge – above all the ability to analyze problems and situations and to find in­no­va­ti­ve concepts and solutions. This presupposes an interest in creative, political, economic, ecological, legal and sociological topics as well as the capacity to familiarize yourself quickly in new fields.

The communicative skills needed for working in a team and for dealing with the different opinions of everyone involved in the planning process, e.g., technical experts, politicians, citizens, companies, authorities or social groups, are indispensable.

Professional fields

Dort­mund graduates work at all levels of spatial planning and in all the different areas of activity related to planning. These different spatial levels stretch from home environment to suburb, town/city as a whole, surrounding area, regional and national level to European and in­ter­na­tio­nal level.

In terms of employers, there is more or less an equal balance between public services, e.g., municipalities, urban planning departments, local govern­ment and universities, and the private sector, e.g., planning offices, housing corporations and corporate consulting. Graduates also find employment with public corporations, societies, associations and non-state organizations, both at administrative and managerial level, or are self-employed.

Further in­for­mation

The Faculty of Spatial Planning offers students many different opportunities to deal with spatial planning in an in­ter­na­tio­nal context, in­clu­ding regular courses on in­ter­na­tio­nal aspects as well as study projects with an in­ter­na­tio­nal dimension. Students can also take advantage of the Faculty’s networks to complete a semester abroad. Erasmus, the EU’s exchange program, is a particularly good platform for this: The Faculty has entered into cooperation agreements with about 40 universities throughout Europe for the exchange of students.

The Faculty of Spatial Planning offers a two-semester M.Sc. in Spatial Planning that follows on from the Bachelor’s degree. A further option is SPRING (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies), a two-semester, English-taught program leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.).

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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