The Master's programme in Urban Development comprises a three-semester study period, in addition to a fourth semester in which students write their Master's thesis. The first and third semester take place in El Gouna, Egypt, while the second semester will be in Berlin, Germany. The location of the fourth semester depends on the student's interests in the Master's thesis and can be chosen according to the respective subject.
The Master's degree programme in Urban Development covers the following core study areas:
(I) Urban Planning
(II) Project Management
(III) Technical Infrastructure
(IV) Interdisciplinary Studies and Intercultural Competence
(V) Master's Thesis
Study abroad unit(s)
The programme comprises a three-semester study period, in addition to a fourth semester in which students write their Master's thesis. The first and third semesters will take place in El Gouna, Egypt, while the second semester will be in Berlin, Germany. The location of the fourth semester depends on the student's interests in the Master's thesis and can be chosen according to the respective subject.
An internship of six to eight weeks is to be completed during the summer break between the second and third semester. Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.
Forms of assessment
Pursuing a progressive approach to teaching, interdisciplinary courses, field trips, internships, integrated semester projects, and an internship in planning companies or public administration complement conventional methods such as lectures, seminars, and self-study. At the end of each course, written and oral examinations, group presentations, or reports are graded by the professors and lecturers.
The Master's degree programme Urban Development offers advanced education for students and young professionals with a prior Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualifications under the general principle of sustainable development, with special competences in the following areas:
- Comprehensive planning, design and operation of complex systems and appropriate technologies
- Perception and professional competence in the protection of resources
- Management skills, competence and capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary framework
The objective of the programme is to provide students with shared theoretical and practically oriented knowledge in the field of Urban Development, taking into account students' varying levels of previous knowledge. The programme aims to teach students how to take a holistic, interdisciplinary approach in line with the principles of sustainability. Students in the programme should acquire the ability to design and structure ambitious projects and to realise these projects efficiently.