The Master degree course "Urban Agglomerations" M.Sc. offers an international and interdisciplinary formation in sustainable planning, development, management and operation of city-regions and large agglomerations.
The Master degree course has a strong international orientation. It is implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an international exchange course in the third semester.
"Urban Agglomerations" is a 2-year full-time course. The course is taught completely in English. The course leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
First start of the degree course: October 2008
Accreditation until: September 2020
Next application deadline:
April 15, for applicants with a first degree from foreign countries
September 15, for applicants with a German degree.
The Master's degree course is based on an integrated international orientation. It is organized and implemented by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with renowned international partner universities for an exchange course during the third semester.
The exposure to teaching and planning environments of different cultures forms an important intention of the degree course, contributing to intercultural sensibility and competencies.
The Master's degree course consists of four semesters. The specific study content during the first two semesters at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences provides the students with a broad understanding and basic knowledge of urban agglomerations
The modules concentrate on a structured study program and introduce and deal with all relevant topics, including planning, environmental infrastructure, mobility, governance, as well as social and cultural issues.
The third semester is an international exchange semester. The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences has cooperation agreements with partner universities worldwide, offering master courses in similar fields.
In the fourth semester the students return to the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences to write their Master thesis.
The target group is graduates from all countries all over the world holding a diploma, a bachelor or an equivalent first academic degree confirming to EU first degree standards in
- civil engineering,
- urban, regional, landscape or environmental planning,
- facility management,
- real estate,
- or other planning-related disciplines,
training for a career and relevant position in the public or private sector,
like urban and regional administration and authorities (e.g. planning and management departments), development corporations, free-lance consultants, real estate agencies, research institutes, and others.
The Masters Programme "Urban Agglomerations" has no scholarship scheme by its own but you are advised to contact the following institutions:
The Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service has different scholarship schemes for students from foreign countries who want to study in Germany.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has expanded its web-based Scholarship Database for foreign students interested in studying in Germany. In addition to providing information on DAAD programmes, the database now also lists funding opportunities for foreign students, graduates and postdocs that are offered by other selected funding organisations.
For direct access to the Scholarship Database just go to: www.funding-guide.de
In 2002 the European Commission adopted Programme ALban, a high level scholarship programme specifically addressed to Latin America. Please find more information on the Programme Alban, eligible to students from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
German Students and some groups of foreigners living in Germany can apply for BAföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz). You can check here for the details (in German language only).
National Scholarship Programmes
Many countries have national scholarship programmes to support students or scholars in their studies abroad. Please check, if your country offers such a programme.
Here you can find links to different scholarship schemes which are applicable to Urban Agglomerations. Not all scholarship schemes are eligible to all students.
Scholarships for women:
Regional scholarship programmes:
Other German Foundations:
Political Foundations in Germany
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Heinrich Böll Foundation
Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Hans Seidel Foundation
Friedrich Naumann Foundation
EC-ASEAN Scholarship Programme (apply over British Councils!)
Rue de la Loi 200
For EC-scholarships, please contact their loal offices (Delegation of the Commission of the European Communities) in you home country (the ASEAN-Programme is only for Asians)
The European Commission offers different scolarship schemes, eligible to different target groups.
In its specific aims, the course is primarily practically oriented, training and qualifying for a professional career and responsible position in the public, semi-public or private sector, such as urban and regional administrations and local authorities with their planning or management departments, development corporations, free-lance consultants, real estate agencies, research bodies, international institutions etc.
The overall conception aims to approach and solve complex urban problems in interdisciplinary teams and to prepare decision-makers for their future tasks as well in developed as in developing countries.
The study programm is subject to tuition fees.
These come to about 3.000€ for each the first, second and third semester. In the fourth semester the total is 2.000€
For details please contact the coordination office: ua-info(at)fb1.fra-uas.de
The Masters Course "Urban Agglomerations" is completely taught in English. It comprises nine modules with 5 to 30 credits each and the final Master Thesis (30 credits), in total 120 ECTS-credits.
The students spend three semesters in Frankfurt (semester 1, 2 and 4) and one exchange semester (semester 3) at an international partner university.
All students applying for "Urban Agglomerations" have to prove a first degree conforming to EU first degree standards, awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and environmental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines.
Additional admission requirements comprise a statement of personal objectives and a proof of good English proficiency.
Professional experience of at least one year is required. This can be waived in case of excellent final results in the first degree.
Non-native English speaking students have to prove their English language ability by TOEFL 213 or IELTS 6 or Cambridge First Certificate (A) or equivalent test. If the Bachelor (or comparable) degree has been obtained at a school, where the primary language of instruction was English, language skills are accepted as sufficient.
Please, fill in the "Application Form for admission as student to Urban Agglomerations", and provide all documents required plus a copy of your passport page stating name, date of birth etc... with your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Please, do let us know your e-mail address, if you have one. We will then be able to communicate faster and in a more reliable manner with you in clarifying open questions.
Your application will be checked by the International Office of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
If all formal conditions are met, the International Office passes the application to the faculty committee, responsible for the admission.
All international applicants need one set of authenticated and officially translated documents.
All German applicants need one set of documents and may present their authenticated official degrees and reports - as far as they where achieved in Germany - in german language. Applicants will be informed quickly as to whether their prior academic records fulfil the formal requirements of the Master Programme "Urban Agglomerations".
Please, be aware that your documents will only remain with the Coordination Office for one year. After the period of one year those documents will be destroyed. Documents can, in general, not be sent back to you.
For remaining questions with respect to this application and the Master Programme please contact us.
|Name of Study Programme||Urban Agglomerations|
|Study Programme||Full time studies, regular period of study is 4 semester (2 years), tuition fees|
|Degree||Master of Science|
|Beginning of Study Programme||The study programme begins once a year in the winter semester.|
|Admission restrictions||The admission is limited. The applicants have to prove a first degree conforming to EU first degree standards (from a University or University of Applied Sciences), awarded by a higher education institution in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, landscape and enviromental planning, facility management, surveying, real estate, geo-informatics or other planning-related disciplines with a standard period of studies of at least 6 semesters (3 years) or 180 Credits. Professional experience of at least one year is required. This can be waived in case of excellent final results in the first degree. Non-native English speaking students have to prove their English language ability by TOEFL 213 or IELTS 6 or Cambridge First Certificate (A) or equivalent test. If the Bachelor (or comparable) degree has been obtained at a school, where the primary language of instruction was English, language skills are accepted as sufficient. Supporting documents to the application form: A letter of motivation in English which describes professional experience, interests as well as professional aims after the studies, curriculum vitae, and a letter of recommendation from a professor. If the numbers of qualified applicants exceed the number of places in the Master Programm, the written documents and applications will be decisive. The quality of the first degree and of the professional experiences as well as the quality of the letter of motivation will affect the selection criteria.|
|Additional Information||Please send your application with all necessary documents to Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences - Urban Agglomerations, Nibelungenplatz 1, 60318 Frankfurt am Main. The third semester is an international exchange course and has to be completed at a foreign partner university.|
General Examination Framework
Download the General Examination Framework (German language only).
There are ten study modules and each terminates with an exam.
The specific kind of examination performance necessary for each module can be oral, written or project work and is defined in the module descriptions.
|Number||Titel||ECTS Credits||Examination of the module||Language|
|UA 1||Urban Planning and Development||10||Project work (12 weeks) and colloquium (min. 20, max.30 minutes)||English|
|UA 2||Urban Culture and Governance||10||Written assignment (8 weeks)||English|
|UA 3||GIS and Remote Sensing||5||Written exam (150 minutes)||English|
|UA 4||Scientific Methods and Academic Skills||5||Written assignment (8 weeks), partial exam (50%) Oral presentation, partial exam(50%)||English|
|UA 5||Deutsche Sprache und Kommunikation||5||Klausur (150 Minuten) Teilprüfung (50%) Mündliche Prüfung Teilprüfung (50%)||Deutsch|
|UA 6||Interdisciplinary Project Work||10||Project work (12 weeks) and colloquium (min. 20, max.30 minutes)||English|
|UA 7||Urban Infrastructure||10||Written assignment (8 weeks)||English|
|UA 8||Urban Ecology and Environment||5||Project work (12 weeks) and colloquium (min. 20, max.30 minutes)||English|
|UA 9||International Exchange Course||30||Depending on the requirements at the partner university||English|
|UA 10||Master Thesis||30||Master Thesis (18 weeks) and colloquium (min. 30, max. 60minutes)||English|
Urban Agglomerations, as an international study programme, combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience. We aim to connect theory and practice by offering specific events such as field trips, excursions, public lectures, or visits to institutions.