The programme aims to train international urban researchers. Complex questions of contemporary urban development are covered within the interdisciplinary programme, which imparts comprehensive perspectives ranging from urban sociology through urban landscape and spatial planning to urban development. Based on the special characteristics and developments in European urban development, the programme focuses on the international transfer of knowledge beyond European borders. The programme’s students are accordingly international. English is the language of instruction. To enable individual supervision, just 20 new students are admitted to the programme every year. The curriculum is structured to allow supervised independent research.
In-depth scientific and subject-related fundamental principles of European urban studies are imparted in the first two semesters. Students are also supported in their search for a research topic. Special courses dealing with European urban development in general and individual cities in Europe in particular underline the programme’s European orientation. In the second semester, students complete a study project on a current interdisciplinary research problem in cooperation with a European partner university. In their third semester, students undertake an individual research project in either Germany or another European country. The professorship at the Institute for European Urban Studies assigned to supervise the project depends on the project content. During the first two semesters, students prepare an exposé on their planned research stay outlining the time and work schedules.
The fourth semester is dedicated to writing the Master’s thesis. The Master’s degree concludes with an academic Master’s thesis and an oral Master’s examination. Successful graduates are awarded the academic degree of »Master of Science« (M.Sc.).