Factsheet European Urban Studies (M.Sc.)

Academic education in the field of urban studies focused on

  • Research on urban problems in contemporary cities in Europe
  • Advanced knowledge in urban planning, urban sociology, urban design, landscape planning, spatial planning
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Intellectual framing on the international discourses in urban studies
  • Personal academic development (also as a preparation for a PhD)
  • Development of a European perspective on urban issues
  • Transdisciplinary understanding of urban studies 


Graduates of architecture, landscape planning, regional/spatial planning, geography, social, political and cultural science, European studies and all related disciplines


Research oriented

European focused (courses taught in English language; European network for research experience)

Transdisciplinary and comparative (combines urban design, urban planning, urban sociology, landscape planning and spatial planning)


Duration and Study programme
4 semesters with

  • compulsory courses on European cities (12 ECTS)
  • compulsory courses on Urban and Landscape Planning (12 ECTS)
  • compulsory courses on Urban Sociology (6 ECTS)
  • two compulsory research methodology courses culminating in a research exposé (6 ECTS)
  • a comparative study project with an integrated research training in cooperation with a European partner university (12 ECTS) 
  • a language course in a European Language (not English) (3 ECTS)
  • electives courses (9 ECTS)
  • a research project abroad or in Germany (27 ECTS)
  • project supervision (3 ECTS)
  • the thesis (30 ECTS).

Students are expected to obtain 30 ECTS credits each semester, a total of 120 ECTS. The first year will be spent in Weimar. The second year will consist of a semester abroad or in Germany working on an individual research project followed by a period of research and thesis writing in the forth semester.

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Costs of studies as well as financing opportunities are explained in detail here.

Besides the study fees and living expenses you have to consider possible costs for excursions and study trips as well as additional living costs that may come up during a semester outside Weimar (for example research project period).