Research-oriented Urban Planning
Student looks at her model of a city district
Master of Science (M.Sc.)


The Masters programme in Urban Planning expands on the knowledge and skills developed during the undergraduate degree and any previous professional practice. The programme teaches the ability to apply the instruments and procedures of the discipline, to carry out scientific work, to critically classify and reflect on scientific findings and to independently develop one's own scientific contributions.

The Masters programme comprises four semesters. Students are able to focus their studies through the choice of two specialized areas of study, “Urban Design” and “Strategic Urban Development.” These specializations in conjunction with the final Masters thesis enable students to tailor their education. The third specialization “Free choice” gives students a free choice of subject areas, enabling the students a “third way” to pursue a customized study course.

The teaching concept of the Masters in Urban Planning in Cottbus is based on close cooperation and cross-disciplinary study with the other study programmes of Faculty 6, especially with Architecture. Thus, students at BTU enjoy a special education that differs from that of other planning study programmes in Germany.

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Professional Perspectives

After completion of the Masters programme, students may pursue job opportunities in public administration, in private planning and architectural offices, in the planning levels of the federal states and regions, in research institutions, and in the sector of project and real estate development.

Applications and Admissions

Admissions Requirements

at least Bachelor degree

  • in urban development and town planning or urban and regional planning or
  • in the fields of architecture, landscape planning and architecture, spatial planning, human geography, regional sciences or
  • Real estate industry, the contents of which have provided good skills in spatial design (draft), building and planning law, social, spatial and environmental sciences, and process and procedure design in cities and regions.
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