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Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning

Students may choose out of three Master's degree programmes:

Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning at KIT focussing on strategies for underdeveloped regions, final degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Regional Science at KIT, Germany

and

German-Argentinian master's degree programme in Regional Science and Environmental Change, final degrees: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Regional Science at KIT, Germany and „Magíster en Ciencia Regional e Impacto Ambiental“ at Universidad Tecnologica Nacional (UTN), Argentina

and

German-Chilean master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning focussing on natural disasters and disaster prevention, final degrees: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Regional Science at KIT, Germany and Magíster en Ciencias Regionales at Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), Chile

 

The master's degree programmes at a glance

Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning focussing on strategies for underdeveloped regions

 

German-Argentinian Master's programme in Regional Science and Environmental Changes

German-Chilean Master's degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning focussing on natural hazards and disaster prevention

 

Final degree
Master of Science, M.Sc. in Regional Science at KIT, Germany

Double degree
Master of Science, M.Sc. in Regional Science at KIT, Germany +
„Magíster en Ciencia Regional e Impacto Ambiental“

Double degree
Master of Science, M.Sc. in Regional Science at KIT, Germany +
Magíster en Ciencias Regionales at Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), Chile

Standard course duration: 4 terms (2 years)

ECTS points: 120

Start of studies: winter term
(start of lectures: mid-Ocober)
Start of studies: winter term
(start of lectures: mid-Ocober)
start of studies: winter term
(start of lectures: September)

 

Tuition fees
As of winter term 2017/18, the German Federal Land of Baden-Württemberg will charge tution fees for certain groups of non-EU students. For more information, please refer to the website of the KIT International Student Office.
Number of study places: 15 Number of study places: 10 Number of study places: 10
Application deadline
30 September
Due to organizational reasons (visa application, search for a flat, etc.) we recommend you to apply by 15 July. In that case, you will be timely informed of the admission committee's decision.


In any case, we suggest you to contact us prior to applying.
Application deadline
30 September
Due to organizational reasons (visa application, search for a flat, etc.) we recommend you to apply by 15 July. In that case, you will be timely informed of the admission committee's decision.


In any case, we suggest you to contact us prior to applying.
Application deadline
30 September
Due to organizational reasons (visa application, search for a flat, term in Chile starts earlier than in Germany (September instead of October) we strongly recommend you to apply by 30 June. In that case, you will be timely informed of the admission committee's decision. In any case, we suggest you to contact us prior to applying.
Course language: German (*) Course languages: German; Spanish (*) Course languages: German; Spanish (*)

Location

  • KIT, Karlsruhe/Germany
  • field research in a developing or newly industrialising country during the second year of study

Locations

  • KIT, Karlsruhe/Germany (1st and 2nd term)
  • UTN, Córdoba/Argentina (3rd and 4th term)
  • field research in Latin America during the second year of study

Locations

  • UdeC, Concepción/Chile
    (1st and 4th term)
  • KIT, Karlsruhe/Germany (2nd and 3rd term)
  • field research in Latin America during the second year of study

Career opportunities

  • Public authorities in developing an newly industrialising countries: spatial planning, economic development, international cooperation
  • governmental and non-governmental organisations of development cooperation: spatial planning, project coordination and management, consultancy
  • private planning and consulting agencies in the field of development cooperation: spatial planning, consultancy, site selection consultancy
  • Research institutions (universities, foundations and others): research and teaching

Target group

  • German and non-German graduates holding a licenciate's or bachelor's degree in a field related to spatial planning (urban planning, geography, political economy, sociology, ecology, agronomy, forestry and others)
    • Desired qualification:
      • Practical experience in one of the above-mentioned fields of work and/or your specialisation
      • Scientific and critical mind
      • Interest in transdisciplinary working
      • A cosmopolitan and proactive attitude
  • Focus: graduates from developing countries who want to work in the field of spatial planning or development cooperation in their home countries.

Language skills

German language skills (for non-native speakers): to enrol at KIT, applicants are required to submit a language certificate level B2 according to the CEFR (or an equivalent certificate). For some study modules language level C1/DSH-2 is required. The exam can still be taken after enrolment.

 
  • Spanish language skills (for non-native speakers): at least level B2 according to the  CEFR
  • Spanish language skills (for non-native speakers): at least level B2 according to the  CEFR

Teaching and learning conditions

  • Lectures in small groups, intensive supervision thanks to a limited number of students
  • Intercultural exchange and intercultural networking due to a majority of international students and scientists
  • Latest IT equipment
  • Comprehensive library
  • German courses for non-native speakers of German

Major fields of study

  • Fundamentals of regional science: local ecology, economy and sociology
  • Regional science and spatial planning challenges in developing and newly industrialising countries
  • Tools to analyze regional structures, developments and conflicts between land users: qualitative and quantitative research methods, GIS, and others
  • Methods, instruments and problems of spatial planning on local and regional scale, inside and outside of Germany
  • Administrative structures, strategies and network management in an international context
  • Anthropogenic environmental impact on air, water, soil: coping strategies and management
  • Threads and opportunities of spatial planning as a tool for risk management and adaptation to climate change

Curriculum

study locations and time