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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Master’s degree in urban development NRW

The Master's degree program focuses on developing forward-thinking solutions for development in urban spaces, and on developing rural regions within NRW. Each semester is focused around a practical design module.

The degree program combines the expertise of the five participating universities of Bochum, Dortmund, Cologne, Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Detmold campus), and Siegen. Seminars and events for the degree program take place at the Technical University of Cologne. Courses are concentrated during the week, typically being held on Thursdays and Fridays, allowing you to continue your career in addition to your studies.


In accordance with State Architectural Chamber regulations, the “Master of Science” degree qualifies graduates to enroll in the city planner register, to complete a doctoral degree at a European university, and to hold jobs in senior civil service administration. The degree is a university Master’s degree.

The Master's program prepares students to enter careers in urban planning, considering changes within both the professional field and within the social environment. Graduates are qualified for any career in urban planning and public administration.

Entry requirements


Individually selected focal area in elective module

Selected Master's thesis topic


The degree program is divided into 15 modules; in some cases, these involve completing multiple sub-disciplines. Students learn about the theoretical context of the city, design methods, technical and legal aspects of urban planning, communication and presentation technologies, and project development fundamentals. Each semester is focused around a design project, and projects become more complex as students move through the program. Students can work with theoretical considerations or design tasks of their choice in their theses.


Topics: Architecture and Interior Architecture, Construct and Design
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semester
Credit points: 120 ECTS
Mode of study: Full-time
Acceptance: Restricted acceptance
Dual study program: Not possible
Course language: German
Foreign semester: Optional
Accredited by: AQAS e.V.
Preparatory course: no
Chamber ability: Yes

Application Period

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.01. – 31.07.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.01. – 30.06.

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