Master European Urban Studies (M. Sc.)

Wichtiger Hinweis für Bewerber zum Wintersemester 2018/19

Im Zuge der Reakkreditierung der Studiengänge European Urban Studies und Advanced Urbanism erfolgen mit Studienstart zum Wintersemester 2018/19 strukturelle und inhaltliche Änderungen im Studiengang.

Der derzeitige Studiengang »European Urban Studies« wird mit stärkerer Praxis- und Entwurfsausrichtung mit dem Praxissemester der Modellprojekte unter dem Namen »Integrated Urban Development und Design« ab Oktober 2018 am bauhaus.institut für experimentelle architektur (ifex) angeboten. Ebenso das mit der Tongji-University durchgeführte Doppelabschlussprogramm »Advanced Urbanism«.

Unter dem Namen »European Urban Studies« wird ab Oktober 2018 am Institut für Europäische Urbanistik (IfEU) ein forschungs- und theorieorientierter Studiengang angeboten.

Bewerber werden gebeten, sich vor ihrer Bewerbung auf den Internetseiten des Instituts für Europäische Urbanistik (IfEU: zu informieren.

Bewerbungen sind bis 15. Mai 2018 möglich.



The Master’s degree course in European Urban Studies responds to the dynamic transformation processes affecting urban space at the beginning of the 21st century. Dispersed urban landscapes, global markets, virtual spaces, powerful players in the fields of construction and development, and postmodern Lifestyles create new challenges for the planning and design professions. The aim of the four-semester Master’s degree in European Urban Studies is to train professionals as locally and globally active experts for the urban realm.The European Urban Studies course was established in 1999 and is one of the first Master’s degree courses of its kind in Germany. A special feature of the study course is its focus on practice through the model projects undertaken in the second semester at practice partners around the world. In many cases, graduates have gone on to work for their model project partner after completing studies.

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What does the programme offer?

To achieve the intention of training internationally active experts for the urban realm, the course examines a diverse range of contemporary issues facing the field of urban development through an interdisciplinary programme of course work. Studies are conducted in English.

The first and third semester focus on investigating in detail a range of theoretical and practical aspects in the context of European Urban Studies. In the first or third semester, students undertake a study project that deals with a selected urban and/or spatially oriented issue. The project allows students to examine real world problems. It can be approached using scientific and/or design-oriented methods. An interdisciplinary approach is sought that takes into account the competencies and methodological approaches of the different subject areas that make up European Urban Studies.
In the second semester, which is oriented towards professional practice, students have the opportunity to collaborate on »International Model Projects« with partners in Germany, Europe and overseas. These internships, which last between three and six months, are undertaken with selected project partners such as scientific institutions, municipal authorities, real estate developers or investors, construction management companies, architects and planning offices. The students present and discuss a chosen aspect of their »Best Practice Project« in an international Model Project Forum that takes place annually in third semester. Many of the project partners from around the world will participate in the forum.
The fourth semester is for writing and defending the Master Thesis. This phase is accompanied by a colloquium. The Master Thesis can be an academic or design oriented project and culminates in an oral presentation and examination that completes the course. Successful graduates are awarded the degree of »Master of Science« (M. Sc.).

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If you regard interdisciplinary work, an international environment and theory-based practical knowledge as both essential to the field of urban development and personally rewarding, then you are ideally suited for this course of study.

Applicants are required to hold a first-level university degree in a spatially-oriented discipline and pass an entrance examination. The master’s degree programme in European Urban Studies commences in the winter semester.

For information about application procedures and access to our online application portal, please visit If you have any other questions, please contact our faculty advisors at


And after my studies?

Graduates of the European Urban Studies degree programme have access to a
range of professional opportunities, among them:
_ working as professionals in the context of urban development such as architecture, urban design, project management and town planning in the
broadest sense
_ employment in other sectors of society, in particular those that require creative, social, scientific, interdisciplinary or intercultural qualifications such as the business, state and local administration, public institutions, the media or social organisations
_ internationally-oriented work in the urban context in Europe and around the world
_ work in scientific institutions and in education and higher education with an interdisciplinary and international focus on urban issues in teaching and research