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.