International Cooperation in Urban Development

Master of Science


The international and interdisciplinary M.Sc. 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 Technical University of 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.

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Degree Master of Science
Duration 4 Semesters
Language English; some courses are in German (at Technical University of Darmstadt), French (in Grenoble), Spanish (in Barcelona) or Italian (in Rome)
Programme Start winter semester
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme 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
Internship 10-weeks-long internship; further information.
Part-time Studies No
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. Technical University of Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

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.

Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the Technical University of Darmstadt or at another national or international university: Ph.D. at Technical University of Darmstadt

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.