Urban Planning and Mobility

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German English
Deadline: Jun 15, 2023
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Mobility in urban areas is changing worldwide. The proportion of public transport and cycling is growing in European cities, complemented by new mobility services such as car sharing and bike sharing. In Latin American metropolitan areas, new mobility concepts such as cable cars and rapid bus transit systems are being implemented. At the same time, automobile dependence continues to rise particularly in the cities of emerging economies.

The density, diversity of uses, design or the accessibility of destinations of the built environment has a significant influence on people's daily mobility. Coordinated city and transport planning is essential for designing the interaction of mobility and urban development in a sustainable way.

The dual Master's programme Urban Planning and Mobility focuses on the interaction between mobility, transport and the built environment as well as the role of integrated transport and land use planning.

The four semester modular programme is provided by an interdisciplinary team at both partner universities. The programme combines elements from both spatial planning and transport planning. It provides a blend of theoretical, practical and methodical competences mixed with first-hand case study experience.

Educational organisation

Students enrolled at Technische Universität (TU) Berlin study their first two semesters in Berlin and spend their remaining semesters in Buenos Aires. At TU Berlin, students select modules offered by departments from both the Faculty for Planning, Building, Environment and the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems.

This includes:
  • Two interdisciplinary study projects
  • Seminars in theories of spatial planning, mobility and transport planning
  • A seminar on urban mobility in which students analyse mobility trends, their drivers and the role of planning and regulation in urban areas with an international comparative focus

In addition, students select a second individual focus in urban planning from four different subjects:
  • Urban Design and "Baukultur"
  • Urban Redevelopment and Integrated Urban Planning
  • Global Urban Development Processes
  • Spatial Planning, Law and Planning Administration

At the University of Buenos Aires, students attend one more study project and deepen their focus with seminars on urban mobility as well as the chosen spatial focus.

Students are free to choose a spatial focus for their Master's thesis under the close guidance of their supervisors.

A Spanish language course is a compulsory part of the programme.

Study abroad unit(s)

Students spend their third and fourth semester in Buenos Aires

Forms of assessment

Seminar papers, presentations of study projects (including designs) reports, oral and written examinations

Language requirements

Sufficient Spanish (CEFR B2 or equivalent), English (CEFR C1 or equivalent), and German (CEFR C1 or equivalent) language knowledge is required.

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree in the field of Urban and Regional Planning or Transport Planning with a duration of at least three years or any comparable degree accepted by the examination board (simultaneous acceptance for the Master's programme in Urban and Regional Planning at TU Berlin is required)

Master's degree in the field of Urban and Regional Planning, Transport Planning, Urban Design or any comparable degree accepted by the examination board

Sufficient Spanish (CEFR B2 or equivalent), English (CEFR C1 or equivalent), and German (CEFR C1 or equivalent) language knowledge is required.

Enrolment fees

300 EUR per semester. The fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in the Berlin metropolitan area.

Costs of living

Approx. 900 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Job opportunities

Limited opportunities to work as student or research assistants
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