Transformation of Urban Landscapes

... looks into questions such as ...

  • In what way are urban landscapes in Europe and in China changing and how can we grasp those changes?   
  • Which social, economic and ecological challenges do urban landscapes face?   
  • How can the transformations of urban landscapes be understood and explained?   
  • Which tools, concepts and methods can be identified in the context of transformation processes?   
  • Which tools, concepts and methods do the leading players deploy to influence the transformation processes? 

Degree programmes


Transformation of Urban Landscapes, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Science
  Graduates also receive a Master of Engineering degree from Tongji University Shanghai.
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: English

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

as an intercultural and interdisciplinary “school of thought”, it communicates transformation competencies that help student to influence the development of urban landscapes in a sustainable manner.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • spatial analysis competencies
  • planning and governance competencies
  • intercultural competencies

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • advanced knowledge in the field of spatial planning
  • advanced English-language skills


  • working in a manner that is project-focused and, at the same time, backed by a sound theoretical foundation (indoors in the office and outdoors in the field)

struggle through:

  • theoretical and methodical principles of spatial analysis (socio-economic, ecological) and spatial construction
  • spending one year in China
This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Geography
  • Spatial planning
  • related national and international degree programmes
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in national and international planning offices
  • in national and international consulting companies
  • in development cooperation organisations
  • with regional and municipal planning authorities
  • in university and non-university research institutes

And else?

An internship ...

is optional.

Studying abroad ...

is mandatory. It is done from the 3rd semester.
Duration: 1 year

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

PD Dr. Dennis Edler
Building, Room: IA 6/75
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-23362
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Geographie
Building, Room: IA 0/167
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24526
Website Fachschaft


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