Urban Agglomerations

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 3.15 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Apr 15, 2024
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The Master's programme "Urban Agglomerations" leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (MSc).
The overall concept of the programme aims to approach and solve complex urban problems through work in interdisciplinary teams and to prepare decision-makers for their future tasks in both developed and developing countries.
Students spend the first two semesters in Frankfurt. The third semester is an international exchange semester at one of the cooperating partner universities. In the fourth semester, students return to Frankfurt to write their Master's thesis.

Educational organisation

Students spend the first and second semesters at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, in Germany. The third semester is an international exchange course at one of the international partner universities. In the fourth semester, students return to Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences to write their Master's thesis.
This is a two-year, full-time course, with nine modules plus a final module for the Master's thesis. Each module is subdivided into units. The credits range from 5 to 30 credits per module, with 30 credits for the Master's thesis, in total 120 ECTS credits.

First semester in Frankfurt:
Module 1: Urban Planning and Development
Units: Urbanisation and Housing in a Global Context; Urban and City-regional Development; Sustainable Cities; Inclusive Cities and Universal Design
Module 2: Urban Culture and Governance
Units: Social and Cultural Challenges of Cities; Urban and City-regional Governance; Practice and Instruments of Land Management
Module 3: GIS and Remote Sensing
Units: GIS; Remote Sensing

First and second semesters in Frankfurt:
Module 4: Scientific Methods and Academic Skills
Units: Methods of Scientific Research and Academic Writing; Presentation and Moderation Skills
Module 5: German Language and Communication

Second semester in Frankfurt:
Module 6: Interdisciplinary Project
Module 7: Urban Infrastructure
Units: Water Management; Wastewater Management; Waste Management; Traffic Management
Module 8: Urban Ecology and Environment
Units: Urban and Regional Open Spaces; Urban Climate and Environmental Management; Energy Efficiency and Supply for Cities

Third semester at an international partner university
Module 9: International Exchange Course

Fourth semester in Frankfurt:
Module 10: Master's thesis and colloquium

Study abroad unit(s)

Mandatory stay at one of the international partner universities during the third semester

Forms of assessment

Written and oral exams

Course objectives

The main goal of the programme is to impart a broad understanding and knowledge in the domain of "urban agglomerations" by connecting basic technical skills with non-technical aspects such as participation, project management, governance, financing, and policies as well as their social and cultural connotations. Students will be trained to work in interdisciplinary teams in an interdisciplinary subject area.

Language requirements

TOEFL computer-based 213, paper-based 550, internet-based 80, IELTS 6, Cambridge First Certificate (A). Applicants with English as their mother tongue as well as graduates from English-language Bachelor's programmes are exempt.

Academic requirements

The programme is geared towards graduates holding a German Diploma ("Diplom") or Bachelor's or equivalent first academic degree in architecture, civil engineering, urban, regional, landscape or environmental planning, environmental engineering, facility management, surveying, real estate, geoinformatics, or other planning-related disciplines.
Professional experience of at least one year is required. This can be waived in the case of excellent final results in the first degree.
The application must include:
  • application form with personal data and passport size photo
  • detailed CV
  • statement of personal objectives explaining the reasons for applying
  • letter of recommendation written by a university professor or member of the teaching staff
  • certificate of English language ability (if the first degree was not taken in English)
  • certificate of first degree (BA or "Diplom")
  • secondary school leaving certificate
  • supporting documentation about relevant courses attended and completed at university and/or practical experience (optional)
  • documented evidence of professional experience of at least one year
  • copy of ID/Passport
  • statement on how studies will be financed

Enrolment fees

Enrolment fees of currently approx. 340 EUR per semester are included in the tuition fees. They also cover public transportation in the greater Frankfurt area.

Costs of living

Approx.1,000 EUR, depending on accommodation costs and lifestyle

Job opportunities

International students are allowed to work up to 120 full days a year.

Arrival support

The International Office provides assistance to foreign students, e.g., welcome breakfast and orientation course.

Services and support for international students

There is a coordination post at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences for the Master's course "Urban Agglomerations". It is a central service point for all persons involved in the study programme, be they administrative staff, professors, enrolled or prospective students and scholars, external partners, etc.


Accommodation is available at state-run as well as privately run residence halls. The university website provides useful addresses.
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