International Cooperation in Urban Development (M.Sc.)


International Cooperation in Urban Development

(Master of Science)


General Information

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.

Brief Description

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.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

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.

More information:

Overview of the Modules

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