In research and teaching, the Institute of Regional Science (IfR) focuses on
- analyzing spatial structures and processes on a local and regional scale especially in developing and newly industrialized countries,
- analyzing and developing concepts and schemes of spatial management and development,
- the special tasks of spatial planning in regions affected by natural hazards (e.g. seismic or climatic extreme events with disastrous consequences), called hazard-oriented spatial planning, as well as
- urban research and development.
The work on these topics is carried out in the framework of
- the Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning focusing on special challenges of developing and newly industrialized countries,
- the German-Chilean Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning in cooperation with the Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), Chile focusing on the role of disaster management in spatial planning and risk-oriented regional development,
- courses in the field of spatial and urban planning for students of civil engineering and other degree programmes specializing in this field,
- different research projects.
In the framework of the Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning, the IfR offers two different four-term master's degree programmes dealing with the special problems of developing and newly industrialized countries:
- The international Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning at KIT, Germany leading to the degree of "Master of Regional Science, MSc", including a field research period of several weeks,
- the German-Chilean Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning focusing on natural hazards and disaster prevention. This programme is taught in equal shares at KIT and Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), Chile. Graduates are awarded a double degree, "Master of Science in Regional Science - Magíster en Ciéncias Régionales".
Non-EU students of the international Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning are eligible for a study scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The master's degree course is closely linked to the IfR's research projects. Especially qualified graduates have the chance to pursue doctoral studies at the IfR.