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Every year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers study scholarships for international students of the master's degree course.

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Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning

Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning at KIT focussing on strategies for underdeveloped regions
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  • Final degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Regional Science
  • ECTS points: 120
  • Teaching language: German
  • Regular period of study: 2 years / 4 terms (curriculum)
  • Start: winter term, start of lectures: October
  • Application deadline: 30 September

In view of the necessary preparations to your stay in Germany (applying for a student visa, searching for accomodation in Karlsruhe etc.) we recommend you to apply for admission by 15 July. Candidates who file their application by that date will be informed on the status of their application shortly afterwards.

Occupational fields

  • Public administration in developing and newly industrialised countries: urban, regional, environmental and spatial planning, economic development, international cooperation
  • governmental and non-governmental organisations of development cooperation: spatial planning, project management, assessment, consulting
  • private planning agencies in the field of development cooperation: spatial planning, consulting
  • research institutions, universities, foundations: research and teaching

Target group

  • German and international graduates with a strong interest in developing countries research, holding a bachelor's, master's or licenciate's degree related to spatial planning such as spatial and environmental planning, urban planning, ecology, macroeconomics, sociology, geography, but also in other relevant specialist areas.
  • Focus: Graduates from developing countries who want to work in the field of spatial planning or development cooperation in their home countries

Desired profile

  • practical experience in the above-mentioned fields and/or the subject areas central to the previous academic education
  • scientific and critical mind
  • interested in transdisciplinary work
  • a cosmopolitan and proactive attitude
  • German language skills (for second-language speakers):
    • to enrol at KIT, applicants are required to submit a language certificate level B2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
    •  for some study modules language level C1/DSH-2 is required. The exam can still be taken after enrolment.

The Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning is independent from preceeding bachelor's degree courses. I.e., it is open to a number of undergraduate programmes that deal with subject areas related to regional science/spatial planning (see above).

Objective of this course of study

Regional science and regional planning deal with the analysis and solution of space-related challenges especially on a regional scale. The educational objective of the Master's degree course is to enable students to identify and analyse problems related to questions of regional science graduates should furthermore be able to develop and implement spatial planning solutions.

To do so, they need expertise in the field of regional science and its fundamental sciences: ecology, economy and sociology. Also, they will learn to apply tools and methods to analyse regional structures, developments and land use conflicts.

Amongst others, the Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning focuses on challenges related to regional science and regional planning in developing or newly industrializing countries. Most of the study course's students come from developing or newly industrialising countries.

The graduates should have a critical awareness of regional science and planning challenges in their homecountries. They should be able to identify and predict the transdisciplinary complexity, causal interrelations and the impacts of regional planning problems.

Regarding the analysis of the challenges they should be able to apply quantitative and qualitative methods of regional science. In the context of problem analysis, they should also be able to critically assess experiences from other regions.

Graduates should be able to develop consistent solutions and to present them in a comprehensible way depending on the varying requirements of different target groups. They should be able to develop solution strategies based on a participative approach and to implement them beyond the background of regional facts. 

Learning conditions and learning environment

The Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning of the IfR educates graduates from all over the world and especially from developing and newly industrialized countries. The course's intercultural teaching and learning athmosphere promotes creativity and the capacity to work in teams and offers the chance to establish international contacts for their future career.

Due to the small number of study places available, the study course offers an excellent mentoring ratio. Each student profits by a individual education and tutoring in research and teaching. Students are encouraged to actively participate in all lectures and to critically question theories and practical case studies.

The excellent teaching quality of the Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning is also reflected in the results of the KIT's regular teaching quality evaluation. Students regularly elect the lectures and tutorials of the master's degree course among the best.