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(c) Martin Sondermann

Why to study EuMiTD?

The European Master in Territorial Development is intended for graduates in relevant academic disciplines (for example, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, geography) who would like to acquire in-depth knowledge in the area of sustainable spatial development. The two year English-language Master programme therefore aims at a transdisciplinary and intersectoral approach in the field of regional and urban development. This will be achieved by focusing on urban and regional planning and development within a European context, by concentrating on territorial governance, EU structural policies as well as transport and environmental policies. The mandatory stay abroad, the intercultural experiences and the involvement of renowned partner universities in Austria, England, France, Sweden and the Netherlands will help prepare students to understand and resolve complex planning problems within an international context. This will additionally assist in shaping the students’ distinctive profile and therefore, increase their job opportunities, both domestically and internationally.

Dealing with European Challenges in spatial planning and regional development

Spatial planning and Territorial development are becoming increasingly internationally oriented. This is evident, for example, in current strategies and approaches responding to global challenges, such as globalization and climate change, cross- and trans-border activities and projects, the increasing importance of EU structural funds, and in the Europeanization of environmental, social and spatial policies.

The Master programme offers a wide range of requisite subjects and elective courses. The students will focus on integrated approaches of urban and regional planning and development in a European context. They will become familiar with appropriate public incentives and measures, as well as with territorial governance and strategies or instruments related to approaches for supporting an integrated spatial development. Compulsory modules deal with different patterns of spatial development, on both a national and European level, by taking into consideration specific approaches such as transport and mobility policies, landscape planning, settlement development among others, as well as conceptual approaches in the fields of planning theory and sociology. Additional elective modules and a mandatory semester abroad round the programme off.


The courses will be accompanied by self-organised project-oriented work within small groups. This will provide students with the opportunity to develop independent solutions to complex practical problems and research questions. Most importantly, this will enable the acquisition and improvement of soft skills, such as self-management and presentation skills, as well as the ability to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams all of which are essential for successful academic work. 

(c) Martin Sondermann

Programme facts

Title/degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
2 years (120 CP), full time
Course start: Winter term (October)
Language of instruction: English

Mandatory semester abroad: third semester

Admission requirements: Bachelor degree in a field of study closely related to that of the Master programme (e.g. geography, spatial planning, regional development, landscape and environmental planning, traffic planning), Adequate knowledge (Level B2) of the English language