MA Urban and Regional Development
Students acquire advanced knowledge of theories on urban and regional planning, subject-related methods of empirical research, and insights into the various requirements and challenges in respect of urban and regional planning in today’s modern society. Graduates understand how to identify the issue-areas facing urban and regional planning as well as how to assess such problems and apply scientific methods to resolve them. Students learn to reflect respective challenges theoretically and are familiar with the various research approaches and methods common to the field. They investigate possibilities for the development of urban and/or regional structures and learn how to present results in written form and verbally in different career-relevant situations. In the course of studies, they understand how to formulate alternative perspectives on urban and regional development and contribute such insights in later career situations or more advanced academic work – for example, in the frame of doctoral research. For students to acquire such competences, besides thematic focal points, a special emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of relevant methods.
In our interdisciplinary master’s program combining the thematic areas of geography and sociology, experts from both disciplines train skill sets in the areas of theory, research and methods related to all aspects of urban and regional development. The compulsory elective modules are designed to train students’ capability for independent academic work in the chosen specialties.
See the module descriptions for details of the contents and competences encompassed:
The master’s program in urban and regional development offers possibilities for individual profile building and career orientation in the frame of curricular and extra-curricular compulsory electives (General Studies).
For example, students may choose to undertake an internship in the context of General Studies. Be sure to have both the proposed internship and a subsequent report approved by a member of teaching faculty and recorded on a special General Studies certificate.
The fourth semester of the program is reserved for the master’s thesis. The master’s thesis is presented and discussed at a master’s colloquium lasting 40 minutes, which all members of the University are entitled to attend. Students must register their thesis and colloquium using the forms supplied by the Central Examinations Office.
Examiners and assessors of the master’s thesis
At least one of the assessors must be a professor [currently lecturers are also accepted]; the second assessor may also be a member of the academic faculty (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in). Both assessors must be members of the University of Bremen.
External assessors must have an academic qualification at least one step above the examination candidate (i.e. in the case of a bachelor’s thesis must possess a Diplom, a master’s degree, Magister or 1st State Examination). On request, external examiners must be approved by the examination committee.
The assessors of masters’ theses must have obtained their doctorate.
Do you have questions about your studies? Please contact the course coordinator Michael Thiele. For questions about modules, please contact the module coordinator or the Course Leader first. If you have questions regarding exams, the final exams or the certificates, please contact the person in charge in the Central Examination Office.
|Do you have any questions concerning your study program? Feel free to contact the program coordinator, Michael Thiele. Questions in connection with modules should first be addressed to the person responsible for the module(s) in question. And for questions surrounding examination procedure and certificates, please contact the Central Examinations Office.|