Urban growth is extensively transforming the face of the planet. For the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. With an average growth rate of 2.1% per annum from 1990-2003, the MENA region has one of the world’s most rapidly expanding populations, increasingly concentrated in urban areas.
Cities in both the MENA region and other parts of the world are engines of growth, providing a disproportionate share of income opportunities and access to services. At the same time, cities are places of growing social and economic inequality, with increasing numbers of people living in poverty and deteriorating living conditions. Furthermore, urbanization also poses a significant challenge in the 21st century, with an estimated 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions linked to urban areas. The enormous contribution of urban areas to global greenhouse gas emissions is set to increase even more.
Urban planning/Urban Development/Planning and Real Estate& Urban design
2 years | Full time
The sections below show the main study fields of the M.Sc. Urban Development. As there are only small differences between them in the old and new study regulations, they can be used for getting a general overview about the Master’s program.
(I) Urban Planning
(II) Project Management
(III) Technical Infrastructure
(IV) Interdisciplinary Studies and Intercultural Competence
(V) Master’s Thesis
Teaching and Learning Methods
The Urban Development program is divided into a three semester study period, complemented by a fourth semester in which students write their Master’s thesis. The first and third semesters take place in El Gouna, Egypt, while the second semester is hold in Berlin, Germany. The location of the fourth semester is open to the students’s individual coice.
The courses consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, exercises and integrated projects. The integrated projects form the backbone of the study program: on the basis of real cases, interdisciplinary teams are put together to find solutions for the development of complex topics in the field of urban development. The project work includes site visits (excursions), enquiry sessions, moderated group discussions, teamwork and study and mediation workshops. The participants gain professional experience through studying, while developing their social and intercultural skills at the same time. The students’ performance is assessed through course work, examinations and a final dissertation report (Master’s thesis).
Only one is required
After studying this course, you will be able to join one of these universities as well.