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Institute of Regional Science (IfR)

Kaiserstraße 12
building 10.50
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
phone: +49 721 608 42365
fax: +49 721 608 42888

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All over the world, problems of land use, damages caused by natural disasters and conflicts between land users increase.

The Institute of Regional Science (IfR) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, analyses these structures and processes. Its interdisciplinary research staff develops regional and spatial planning concepts to meet these challenges. The institute's guiding principle is an active exchange of research and teaching at the interface of geo, environmental and social sciences. 

In the framework of the Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning, the IfR offers two different four-term study programmes focussing on the special challenges of emerging and developing countries and the planning concepts based on them. It also fulfills teaching and research responsibilities of the former Institute of Urban and Spatial Planning (ISL) at the KIT.

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What is regional science?

Why study it?

An introduction
by Prof.  J. Vogt



Lectures workspace

Lecture notes on courses of IfR and former ISL are available on ILIAS. Find your courses via Vorlesungsverzeichnis. Also check the current timetable for winter term 2017/18.

Bibliothek News
Library The IfR's library counts among the biggest libraries in Europe providing specialized literature on regional science. Find out more about the library and opening hours.
Ask Silvia and Sophie

Are lectures also held in English? What is the objective of field trips? Our student representatives Silvia und Sophie are happy to provide first hand information: julimoreno21∂hotmail com and sophie.kaiser∂student kit edu.

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How do I apply for the master's degree course?

We are glad to assist you! Contact us at +49 721 608 42365, via info∂ifr kit edu or check the FAQs on application and admission.


Many scholarships can help you finance your studies. Have a look at this overview (in German) and find detailed information via the given links. You might even qualify for the „Deutschlandstipendium“ partly financed by KIT.