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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
Module Handbook (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 Deparment 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 Departments’s networks to complete a semester abroad. Erasmus, the EU’s exchange program, is a particularly good platform for this: The Department has entered into cooperation agreements with about 40 universities throughout Europe for the exchange of students.

The Department 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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