Guided Research Project

In the “European Urban Studies” Master programme, scientific quality in the field of city and spatial planning, urban development and urban sociology is of utmost importance. The study programme's unique feature is the supervised Guided Research Project. Its purpose is to establish intensive scientific connections by enabling students to go outside Weimar and to conduct field work at IfEU partner institutions: European universities and research institutes alike.

Being a core element of the Master curriculum, the Guided Research Project prepares students for independent and professional research projects by accompanying them before, during and after a research stay abroad. The research project is conducted in the third semester and may be partly supported by Erasmus Funding (for projects outside Germany) or other scholarships. The Institute for European Urban Studies therefore maintains a vast network of worldwide research institutions and partner universities.

The Guided Research Project is embedded in preparatory seminars in academic development, in-class and online meetings, as well as recurrent individual consultations. During the course, students will develop academic skills through preparing, conducting, and reporting on their individual research project. Students will further enhance their project management skills by intensively dealing with project planning and monitoring during their research Project.

Blended Learning Concept

Integration of the GRP into the Study Programme

The Guided Research Project is embedded in preparatory seminars, offline and online meetings, as well as recurrent consultations and submissions. The students develop academic skills through preparing, conducting, and reporting on an individual research project. They also enhance their project management skills through the planning of the research stay abroad and monitored self-organiszation aspects for collective exchange and reflection.

Mixing in-class meetings and online classes, students receive an intensive training and reliable supervision before, during and after the mobility.

An eLearning platform provides up-to-date information on the Guided Research Project's structure and tasks. In particular, the platform ensures thorough guidance and support by the supervisors during the mobility period. Students also stay connected with their study group during the individual research semester. They will learn from each other’s experiences and strengthen their feedback skills. For the consultations in small exchange groups and further communication students are encouraged to use the different interactive eLearning tools (BigBlueButton/Adobe Connect/h5p/Moodle).