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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 (KIT), Germany, analyzes 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 focusing on the special challenges of spatial and regional planning in emerging and developing countries. The IfR also fulfills teaching and research responsibilities of the former Institute of Urban and Spatial Planning (ISL) at KIT.

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Reinhard-Baumeister-Preis 2017

Mathias Jehling and Daniel Baum have been awarded this year's Reinhard-Baumeister-Preis for their outstanding works in the field of "mobility & urban development". Dr. Jehling addressed the subject in the frame of his PhD thesis at the Institute of Regional Science, KIT, while M.Sc. Baum analyzed it in his master's thesis at TU Kaiserlautern. Congratulations!

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What is regional science?

Why study it?

An introduction
by Prof.  J. Vogt

Regional Science?
La science régionale?
Ciencia Regional?


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.

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!

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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.


Scholarships can help you finance your studies. This overview (in German) provides detailed information on different scholarship programmes, including the "Deutschlandstipendium“ partly financed by KIT.