International Cooperation in Urban Development
(Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Language: English; some courses are in German (at TU Darmstadt), French (in Grenoble), Spanish (in Barcelona) or Italian (in Rome)|
|Internship: 10-weeks-long internship; further information.|
Requirements for Admission: |
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) consist of a “Bachelor of Science” or “Bachelor of Arts” degree or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description.
For further questions on admissions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please check the language requirements with the departmental advisor's office. Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
Admission Procedure: 1. The requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) must be fulfilled. |
2. A maximum of 30 students per year can join the programme.
|Part-time Studies: No|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: The application process consists of two parallel applications. The first one is the Online application at TU Darmstadt. Furthermore a second one is needed for the Mundus Urbano Master program. Please note for this purpose the information about the detailed application procedure. Further information about the application may be also found at the International Admission.|
Special Features: 1. The Master of Science in International Cooperation in Urban Development is a fee-based further education programme. Financing possibilities are offered with the Erasmus+ Scholarship, other scholarships or self financing (see item “Financing”).|
2. TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.
The international and interdisciplinary Master of Science in International Cooperation in Urban Development adresses the challenges of rapid urbanisation.
The internationally oriented degree course is part of the master programme Mundus Urbano, which is jointly offered by four European universities. The first two semesters take place at TU Darmstadt, while during the second half of the degree course students specialise in a specific subject of urban planning at one of the four programme-universities.
The four universities are: TU Darmstadt (program host), Université-Pierre-Mendès-France (in Grenoble, France), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (in Barcelona, Spain) and Università degli Studi Roma Tor Vergata (in Rome, Italy).
The program is structured in four areas:
- Urban Planning
- Urban Development
- Urban Management
- International Cooperation and Project Skills
Main areas of specialisation at the different study places are:
- TU Darmstadt: Urban planning, design and development [Urban Research and practice].
- Université Pierre-Mendès-France, Grenoble: Classical physical planning including housing and public administration issues, cross-border planning policies of the EU and the comparison of contemporary urban development problems between the industrialized countries and the Global South [Urban planning]; further information.
- Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona: “Sustainable Emergency Architecture”, which prepares for developing and rebuilding communities affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters [Post disaster response and urban development]; further information.
- Università degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata', Rome: Economic aspects of international cooperation and urban development [Development economics]; further information.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more breadth and depth scientifically and a more complete insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focal area and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
The Master of Science in International Cooperation in Urban Development provides a substantial education and competence profile, thereby qualifying for further academic studies as well as facilitating access to attractive positions in the practice-oriented labor market.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
The Master of Science in International Cooperation in Urban Development is a further education programme with tuition fees. Besides the possibility of self-financing, students can apply for scholarships. The application for the Mundus Urbano Master programme simultaneously gives the chance to apply for the Erasmus+ scholarship. It covers the tuition fee, health insurance and compulsory administrative/ operational costs. Further information, also about other scholarship provider, you may find here.
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Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. TU Darmstadt offers for example PhD students at the Graduate School of Urban Studies URBANgrad a structured working programme. Thereby the dissertation projects are integrated into the interdisciplinary Centre of Research Excellence URBAN RESEARCH at TU Darmstadt. Further information on doctoral studies at the TU Darmstadt may be found here:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Graduates of the Master of Science in International Cooperation in Urban Development come upon a broad field of work which has a strong demand for professionals in international projects about urban development. Potential employers are institutions like international cooperation organisations, municipal planning offices, research institutes and consultancies which address the issues of international finance, development assistance, human settlements, slum improvement or infrastructure development.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. English language skills are absolutely essential for working abroad.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites: