Regional Science/Spatial Planning

The mission of the Institute for Regional Science (IfR) is to apply this broad approach to spatial planning in both its research and teaching activities, a mission which is successfully realised in the IfR’s internationally accredited Master’s Course in “Regional Science / Spatial Planning”.

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DURATION:
24 months

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Location Located on the Rhine plain in the southwest of Germany between the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains (France), the city of Karlsruhe with its distinct fan-shaped layout dating back to the Baroque era was founded in 1715. As a cultural centre of transregional importance, Karlsruhe is home to two German national courts and has, in recent years, emerged as one of Germany’s leading technology hubs.

There is a wide array of higher education institutions, including the newly founded KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), a fusion of the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Research Centre, the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Karlsruhe), the University of Education (Pädagogische Hochschule), the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie für Bildende Künste), and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung) in conjunction with the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie).

Due to its outstanding profile of academic excellence, the KIT ranks among Germany’s elite universities. About one-fifth of the KIT’s 23,000 students are non-German. As part of the KIT, the Institute for Regional Science (IfR) represents a national and international con- tact point with regard to teaching and research for those ambitious to work in regional science and spatial planning or further their education in this field.

Course focus Many public measures affecting space, especially large-scale infra- structure projects such as dams, power plants, roads, railway lines, new cities or new urban quarters are rightly regarded as impressive engineering achievements. In retrospect, however, they often appear to be the result of faulty or incomplete planning. The reason for this is that despite being perfect in terms of technical execution, these projects fail to consider the manifold factors that may contradict the envisaged goal on the local and regional level.

In fact, any planning activity and any public measure with regard to space also affects regional social systems, the regional economy and the complex interplay of a region’s natural factors – its regional ecology. Therefore, a sustainable spatial planning approach needs to detect and consider these influencing factors when it comes to non-sectoral and coordinative planning on the local, regional, and international level.

The mission of the Institute for Regional Science (IfR) is to apply this broad approach to spatial planning in both its research and teaching activities, a mission which is successfully realised in the IfR’s internationally accredited Master’s Course in “Regional Science / Spatial Planning”. Since 2006, students from all over the world have completed this programme and have taken up leading and expert positions with national and international employers.

Target group Postgraduate professionals with university degrees in science, social science or engineering, from public planning agencies, NGO’s, consulting companies or research and training institutions.
Course language German
Entry requirements
  • University degree
  • At least two years of work experience
  • German language skills: minimum level “A2” at the time of application; obligatory level “DSH 2” at the beginning of studies; DAAD offers preparatory language course
Degree Awarded Master of Regional Science (M.Sc.)
Course Begins Each year in October
Course Duration 2 years
Course Structure Spatial Planning_Modulhandbuch
Spatial-Planning_structure
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 6 months (German language course starts in April,yearly.)
Remarks To prepare the Master’s thesis, a field research period is included in the third term of studies.
Institut für Regionalwissenschaft
Dr. Andreas Megerle
Kaiserstraße 12
D-76131 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 (0)721 / 608-42365
Fax: +49 (0)721 / 608-42888