Application Procedure for EU Students (incl. Switzerland)

This page gives detailed information on the application procedure for the Master's Programme »Reflective Urban Practice« (M.Sc.) in the Study Course »Integrated Urban Development and Design« for applicants from EU member states as well as applicants from Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. 


Before you apply for the Masters programme, please check whether you fulfil the formal requirements for admission.
You are eligible to study the Masters programme if you

  • have obtained a university degree (or similar) from a German or a foreign University with at least 180 CP in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning / town planning, urban design, environmental planning, regional planning, civil engineering, geography, urban and architectural sociology, environmental sciences, cultural studies and other disciplines relevant to the natural and built environment. In case of doubt, the examination board decides on the eligibility according to the specific qualification.  
  • can refer to a certain level of professional experience shown through adequate works samples, text-based and visual, as well as through sample from your previous studies. 
  • have an advanced level of English language skills. 

  • The admission requirement is an undergraduate or graduate degree with a minimum grade of “good” in a technically relevant field that enables the graduate to enter the profession, from either a German university, technical college of administration, state or state recognised academy or an equivalent degree from an international university (equivalent to a final overall grade between 1,0 and 2,5 of the German grading system)

Application Documents

In order to apply for admission to the programme, you need to hand in the following documents and material online (no hardcopies needed for the application process):

  1. Completed online-application form (access online-portal here, the portal will be opening for applications in the second week of April)
  2. Your letter of motivation   | 1 page |  signed
  3. As part of your application you are requested to include a PDF file with at least three samples from your previous study or professional work (portfolio) ideally related to relevant fields of studies. The file may consist of samples including, but not limited to:
    - works from your previous or current studies (e.g. architectural or urban designs; visuals/text-based/text-supported, Masters or Bachelors thesis or seminar work etc., designs, writings, thesis)
    - works from internships
    - works from previous career
    - self-initiated projects
    - publications
    - volunteer work
    We appreciate a short description of the projects in the portfolio.
    If you include team work, please indicate your role and your contribution within the team. 
    Applicants with a background in design and related fields would usually upload their portfolio.
    Applicants from fields reliant on text work are asked to submit a short summary of 1-2 pages for each work sample. Do include graphs and images - if relevant. Please submit all samples in one single PDF file labelled with your last and first name. We appreciate portfolios that do not exceed 6 MB.

  4. Certificate of qualification for university admission: e.g., high school degree, allowing you to enter higher education at a university (which you also needed to study your preceding undergraduate or graduate degree) certified copy 
  5. University degree or similar qualification including all relevant study results (courses and grades) if they are not listed in the degree documents | certified copy, documents not in German or English need to be submitted in a certified translated version, in German or English  

  6. Proof of English language proficiency according to B2 (minimum) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages : 
    TOEFL-test, minimum 80 points (internet based)
    Cambridge Certificate, (First Certificate FCE), Grade C
    IELTS, Band 6,0
    or others according CEFR B2.
    Exceptions are possible, if studies have been completed in English or foreign exchange studies in English speaking countries can be proven through documents | certified copy

  7. In addition, and voluntarily, you are encouraged to write and reflect on urban matters by submitting a small essay about one chapter of a book/author related to urbanism and your reflections on this book/author (800 words maximum).
  8. Your CV
    You are free to chose the style of CV.
  9. You are free to add additional documents like recommendation letters, work references, etc.