The master’s degree course

The Institute of Regional Science (IfR) organizes the international Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial planning which addresses students from countries of the global south or willing to be trained for a job focussing on these regions. The master’s degree course includes three different study programs based on regional science, the analysis of special challenges of developing and newly industrialized countries and planning concepts derived from these challenges. Besides a four-term master’s degree program at KIT, the IfR offers two cross-border programs including two semesters in Karlsruhe, Germany and two semesters in Concepción/Chile or Córdoba/Argentina respectively.

Fields of activity: Amongst others, graduates work in public spatial planning, development cooperation, climate, nature and environment protection, disaster preparedness and many other fields which increasingly come to the fore today, to help to create a sustainable, environmentally compatible and socially fair global future.

Tä­tig­keits­fel­der für Ab­sol­ven­ten fin­den sich u. a. in der staat­li­chen Raump­la­nung, in der Ent­wick­lungs­zu­sam­men­ar­beit, im Kli­ma­schutz, Natur- oder Umwelt­schutz, in der Kata­stro­phen­vor­sorge und vie­len wei­te­ren Be­rei­chen, die heu­te im­mer stär­ker in den Fo­kus rücken, um die Zu­kunft der Er­de nach­haltig, umwelt­ver­träg­lich und sozial ge­recht mit­zu­ge­stal­ten.

Studierende sitzen auf Felsen an der chilenischen Pazifikküste.
Master’s degree program in Regional Science/Spatial Planning (KIT)
Eine Straße, die sich am Südlichen Wendekreis durch die karge Atacama Wüste zieht.
German-Argentinian double degree program
Exkursion auf den schneebedeckten Gipfeln der Anden.
German-Chilean double degree program

 

Objective of the study course

Regional science and regional planning deal with the analysis and solution of space-related problems notably on a regional level. The special challenges developing and threshold countries face in the field of regional science and regional planning are a main focus of the study course.

Graduates of the Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning are able to identify and analyze concrete problems related to regional science. They are also able to develop and implement appropriate measures based on their expertise in regional science and its underlying sciences ecology, economy, and sociology as well as on their knowledge of methods to analyze regional structures, developments and conflicts of spatial use.

Regional science deals with topics such as environment protection, disaster prevention, effects of climate change such as threats to biodiversity and on humans and their living space.   Therefore, concepts of regional development need to consider social and economic challenges to help to create appropriate solutions for a sustainable future. 

Junge mit Wasserkrug auf dem Weg über einen eingetretenen Pfad zu einer Wasserstelle. Weiter vor ihm läuft eine Frau, ebenfalls mit Wasserkrug auf dem Weg zur Wasserstelle.Raju Sarkar
Learning conditions and learning environment

The IfR's master's program in regional science / spatial planning trains graduates from all over the world, especially for work in developing and emerging countries. The intercultural teaching and learning environment promotes team work and creativity and offers the chance to establish ties for the professional future.

The professional and individual support of the multicultural group of students is important to us. Therefore, the learning groups are small and the tutors provide intensive support. This not only enables successful studies, but also a pleasant study atmosphere.

The high teaching quality of the Master’s degree course is reflected by the results of the KIT-wide teaching evaluation. Students regularly rank the lectures of the Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning among the best.

Ziel­grup­pe

Der Master­studien­gang rich­tet sich an Absolventinnen und Absolventen mit ei­nem Hochschul­abschluss in ei­nem Bachelor- oder Master­studien­gang in ei­nem raum- oder planungs­relevanten Fach. Sie sind in den Regio­nen des glo­ba­len Sü­dens in der Regio­nal­entwicklung tä­tig oder wol­len es künf­tig sein. Nach Abschluss des Masterstudiengangs Regionalwissenschaft werden Sie überwiegend in staatlichen Behörden tätig sein, aber auch in Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGOs), Beratungsunternehmen oder Forschungs- und Ausbildungseinrichtungen oder Organisationen der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.

Raum- oder planungs­relevanten Fach­richtungen sind z. B.:

  • Raum- oder Stadtplanung
  • Städtebau
  • Umwelt­planung, Umwelt­schutz
  • Geo­graphie
  • Öko­logie
  • Sozio­logie
  • Volks­wirtschafts­lehre
  • Agrar- und Forstwirtschaft

Auch andere ziel­führende Studien­gänge sind möglich. Sprechen Sie uns gerne an!

Ein ausge­prägtes Interesse an Ent­wicklungs­länder­forschung, Ent­wicklungs­zusammen­arbeit, Umwelt­schutz und Umwelt­planung oder Katastrophen­prä­vention sowie prak­tische Erfah­rungen in den o. g. Tätig­keits­feldern sind will­kommen. Wir pfle­gen eine wissen­schaft­liche und kriti­sche Denk­weise, Welt­offen­heit und Eigen­initiative.

 

Structure of the Master’s degree course

Please refer to the Modulhandbuch for more details.

Frauen und Kinder mit Wasserkrügen aufgereiht in einer Warteschlange vor einer von der Entwicklungshilfe gesponsorten Wasserstelle.Raju Sarkar
  Master’s degree program
in Regional Science / Spatial Planning (KIT)
German-Argentinian
double degree program
German-Chilean
double degree program
Degree Master of Science, M.Sc. in Regional Science Master of Science, M.Sc. in Regional Science (KIT) & Maestría en Ciencia Regional e Impacto Ambiental (UTN) Master of Science, M.Sc. in Regional Science (KIT) & Magíster en Ciencias Regionales (UdeC)
    (Double degree) (Double degree)
Focus on Strategies for underdeveloped regions Regional science and environmental changes Natural hazards and disaster prevention
 
  • Fundamentals of regional science: spatial ecology, economy and sociology
  • Challenges of regional science and planning in developing and emerging countries
  • Tools to analyze regional structures, developments and land use conflicts: qualitative and quantitative research approaches, geo-information systems (GIS), …
  • Methods, instruments and challenges of spatial planning on local and regional level, in and outside of Germany
  Administrative organization, administrative action and network management in an international context. Handling and management of anthropogenic impacts on air, water and soil. Chances and challenges of spatial planning in risk management and climate change adaptation.
Scheduled time frame 4 terms (2 years) 4 terms (2 years) 4 terms (2 years)
ECTS points 120 120 120
Start of studies Winter term
(start of lectures:
mid-October)
Winter term
(start of lectures:
mid-October)
Winter term
(start of lectures:
September)
Application deadline 30. September 30. September 30. September
  For organizational reasons we strongly recommend you to apply by July 15th.
(visa application, apartment search, …)

For organizational reasons we strongly recommend you to apply by July 15th.
(visa application, apartment search, scholarship application, …)

For organizational reasons we strongly recommend you to apply by July 15th.
(visa application, apartment search, start of studies in Chile: September, …)
Number of university places   10 10
Language German German & Spanish German & Spanish
Location
  • KIT, Karls­ruhe/Germany
  • Field research in a developing or emerging country over a period of several weeks during second year of study.
  • KIT, Karls­ruhe/Germany
    (1st and 2nd semester)
  • UTN, Córdoba/Argentina
    (3rd and 4th semesters)
  • Field research in Latin America over a period of several weeks during second year of study.
  • UdeC, Concepción/­Chile
    (1st and 4th semester)
  • KIT, Karls­ruhe/Germany
    (2nd and 3rd semester)
  • Field research in Latin America over a period of several weeks during second year of study.