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    Urban Transformation

    TU Dortmund University

    TU Dortmund University


    Germany, Dortmund

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines10-Jan-2021

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    Duration 1 year(s)
    Next Intake 10-Jan-2021

    Urban Transformation


    Background Urban areas in advanced economies face major spatial challenges with a long lasting impact on cities. The drivers for urban transformation are manifold and include technological change and digitalisation, migration and demographic shifts, climate change, and increasing relevance of agglomeration economies as well as post- and re-industrialisation. Spatial implications of structural change and the organisation of such transformation demand for deliberate strategies to revitalise the traditional manufacturing cores. These include a wide range of new forms of interventions such as social innovation, governance, resilience, urban laboratories and urban strategy. Why Dortmund? Given the geographical location in Ruhr, the Urban Transformation Master's programme benefits from the extensive experience in the region. The Ruhr has become a touted model for transition regions, and it serves as a laboratory with excellent opportunities to learn about the challenges as well as strategies of transforming and revitalising post-industrial locations. The IBA Emscher Park strategy (1989-1999) is known worldwide as a particularly innovative planning practice. The unique strategy of re-imaging and revitalising the industrial landscape has raised considerable interest among planners and policy makers. The spatial implications of structural change and the transformation of the Ruhr have always influenced academic debates as well as research at the Dortmund School of Planning. Complementing the local experience, international examples are also integrated into the programme. These enable our students to identify similarities as well as differences on a local, national and global scale. Aim of the Master’s Programme The one-year MSc programme at the Dortmund School of Planning aims to attract highly qualified students who wish to learn more about innovative strategies to transform cities and regions at a location offering brilliant in situ conditions where students can gain an understanding of the complexity of governance and planning. The programme builds upon a Bachelor's programme in spatial planning, as established at our school. The philosophy of the Master's programme is based on the understanding of planning as a multidisciplinary discipline. The course and projects in the programme seek to bridge international theories of structural change and spatial transformation with the practice of governance in cities and regions.


    Entry Requirements

    Who can apply? Urban Transformation has a restricted number of places. It is designed for students with a vivid interest in the field of planning, governance studies and urban economics. The prospective students in the programme will be a mix of students with a four-year Bachelor's degree from the Dortmund School of Planning who wish to gain a more international perspective and international students who wish to specialise in the field of planning, governance and economic transformation. Application & Admission In order to be accepted to the programme, you should fulfil the following requirements: completion of or enrolment in a Bachelor’s programme in Spatial Planning, Urban Planning or other related disciplines restricted admission based on the final grade Bridging programme Urban Transformation builds upon the 240 CP Bachelor’s programme at the Dortmund School of Planning. Prospective students from other institutions may thus bridge their transition into the programme by taking extra courses. This condition helps support students’ basic understanding of German and international planning systems.

    How to Apply

    TU Dortmund Referat Internationales Emil-Figge-Straße 61 44227 Dortmund Germany
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    Urban Transformation

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