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Master (1 Subject)

Spatial Planning

Overview

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Field Engineering Sciences
Language German, English (specializations)
Standard program duration 2 semesters (full-time) or 3 semesters (part-time)
Admission restrictions None
Further in­for­mation Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)
 

Short profile

The Master’s program qualifies students for the increasing demand in professional practice for planning know-how with a sound scientific foundation. It teaches them the ability to organize and manage planning projects at all planning and decision-making levels as well as to lead inter­dis­ci­plin­ary working groups. Together with a Bachelor’s degree in a re­le­vant subject, the Master’s degree additionally permits graduates to commence a traineeship in urban development within the civil service.

The program serves, in particular, to prepare students for a career in in­ter­na­tio­nal science and re­search, but also for management functions in those areas of professional practice in spatial planning that require a close interlinking of re­search and practice. The M.Sc. in Spatial Planning especially empowers students to apply their fundamental knowledge of spatial planning in an inter­dis­ci­plin­ary manner in new contexts and to further their individual ex­per­tise and skills in areas they choose themselves from the re­search activities conducted at the Department of Spatial Planning. Important elements of the program are the possibility to specialize in a chosen field of spatial planning as well as group-based learning through re­search in a study or de­sign proj­ect.

If preferred, the M.Sc. in Spatial Planning can be completed as a part-time course. Students must decide at the time of enrollment if they want to study part-time. This then applies first of all for the semester in question.

Knowledge and skills

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.

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.

Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Spatial Planning is the successful completion of an eight-semester Bachelor’s degree in spatial planning with a final cumulative grade of at least 3.59. If the preceding Bachelor’s program was on a smaller scale, applicants may commence the Master’s program on condition that they make up the missing study and examination achievements. Scale and type are decided by the Admissions Committee.

Professional fields

Dort­mund graduates work at all levels of spatial planning and in all the different areas of activity related to planning, which is reflected in the Departments’s broad portfolio, inter­dis­ci­plin­ary structure and train­ing concept. These different spatial levels stretch from home environment and suburb, town/city as a whole, regional and national level to European and global 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 Department 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 Department’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.

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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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