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.
Next application deadline for the winter term 2019 is April 15, for applicants with a first degree from foreign countries.
September 15, for applicants with a German degree.
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
|Terms||4 semesters, full-time|
|ECTS credit points||120|
|Program starts||Winter semester|
Applicants with degrees from foreign countries on April 15
By ACQUIN e.V. until 30.09.20.
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Anniversary and International Workshop 2018 with the Urban Agglomerations and the Urban Knowledge Net Partner Universities
May 28th till June 1st, 2018
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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.
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 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 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 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 Masters Course Urban Agglomerationsis 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.
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|
|Year of Graduation||Thesis Topic||Author|
|2019||Contemporary Shopping Spaces in the City of Bengaluru, India||Sruthi Venkataramanan|
|2019||Waste as Ressource-Energy Recovery Potentials of Sewage Sludge in Bengaluru City, India||Mayura Varma Rajkumar Vatsala|
|2018||A Comparative Assessment on Bus Rapid Transit Systems in Latin America||David Eduardo Castrillon Arango|
|2018||How to Transfer GIS Based Urban Models to Graphic-Optimized 3D-Tiles: State of the Art and Future Work||Hung Che Yi|
|2018||Healing Monterrey trough Natural Infrastructure||Ana Lucía Araujo Castro|
|2018||Revitalization of River Vishwamitri in the City of Vadodara, India||Bhavsar Rahul|
|2018||Transitional Urbanism Forward Inclusive Rural Settlements||Enna Aylen Briceño Córdoba|
|2018||Affordability of Housing and Transportation in Vancouver, Canada||Jessica Wei-Lin Lam|
|2018||Introducing Low-Cost Technologies to Improve Thermal Comfort trough Participatory Design Based on The Social and Cultural Dynamics in Informal Settlements, Bogotá||Abishek Ghayal|
|2018||Livability in Existing and Future Cities||Anuradha Sharma|
|2018||World Heritage Historical Centers Protection and Development Policies||Polina Khanukaeva|
|2018||Pedestrian Rights in Kathmandu Streets||Jyotsna Shrestha|
|2018||Urban Innovation Process as a Factor for Sustainable Local Development in Germany and Mexico||Cristina Salzazar Soto|
|2016||A Comparative Analysis of Eco-districts||Shima Bouzari|
|2016||A sustainability analysis of harbour redevelopments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hamburg||Shikha Salla Mohanraj|
|2015||Intergartion of electromobility into the city of Ahmedabad, India||Mittal Patel|
|2015||The Urban and Socio-Economical Resilience of Tourism Based Developments: The Case of Playa del Carmen, Mexico||Allyson Murillo Ruiz|
|2015||Smart Cities as a New Model for Urbanism in India||Rajiv Singh Irungbam|
|2015||Housing Provision under the Effect of Current Development Strategies||Öykü Ülgüner|
|2015||Capturing Land Value Appreciations Generated by Public Transport Improvments||Evgenia Marinaki|
|2015||Concept design of a sustainable Transit Oriented Development in cooperation with a smart urban electrical grid||Maria Tsioutsia|
|2014||urban Community Gardening as a Social Movement for More Sustainable Neighborhoods||Olga Korovina|
|2014||The implementation of sustainable development principles in Tianjin Eco-City||Biying Ding|
|2014||A Sustainability Assessment of the housing project Cuidad Verde in Soacha Colombia||Jean Francisco Duque|
|2014||Formal and Informal Transport In Mexico City Public Transport||Carolina Zabas Roeland|
|2014||Urban Safety. Food Production and Social Inclusion||Alejandra Cid Patino|
|2014||An investigation of the anticipated spatial impacts of a high-speed train service in Chiangmai, Thailand||Patchara Kanmuang|
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.
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 Program "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 Program please contact us.
|Name of Study Program||Urban Agglomerations|
|Study Program||Full time studies, regular period of study is 4 semester (2 years), tuition fees|
|Degree||Master of Science|
|Beginning of Study Program||The study program begins once a year in the winter semester.|
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;
English language ability (TOEFL 213 or IELTS 6 or Cambridge First Certificate (A) or equivalent test);
Letter of motivation;
Letter of recommendation
3.000€ for each the first, second and third semester|
2.000€ for the fourth semester
|Additional Information||The third semester is an international exchange course and has to be completed at a foreign partner university.|
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, 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.
Please send your application with all necessary documents by post or e-mail to Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences - Urban Agglomerations, Nibelungenplatz 1, 60318 Frankfurt am Main, ua-info(at)fb1.fra-uas.. de
You can enroll at our Study Office from August 1st until October 15th 2019 .
The following steps outline the process to get registered at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
Before arriving in Frankfurt, please share your flight itinerary with our program office. We can arrange for an escort from the airport to your lodging if requested. From the airport, we will travel via public transit to the accommodations you arranged with out coordination office. Be sure to have Euros in advance to pay for the tickets.
Establish a bank account as quickly as possible. A special foreign student "blocked" account must be established to satisfy German embassy requirements. The Frankfurter Sparkasse has branches in the vicinity of the university. Information can be found here: www.frankfurter-sparkasse.de/en/home/about-us.html?n=true Deutsche Bank also has many locations in Frankfurt and throughout Germany(https://www.deutsche-bank.de/pk.html) You will need a local bank account in order to pay the tuition fees. The tuition fees take several working days for the FRA-UAS to process.
According to German law (welfare legislation and immigration legislation) students must obtain a health insurance policy from a valid provider. Students from EU and other partner nations may be able to simply notify their provider and temporarily transfer the policy to Germany. In all the other cases it is advisable to join the so called Mandatory Health Insurance (Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung-GKV): it is less complicated than bringing private insurance from home and usually it is cheaper.
Insurance companies work with our International Office. During the enrollment process students can register for health insurance at a kiosk in front of the International and Admissions Offices.
The Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is one of the most popular choices. Information (only in German) can be found on their website. During the introductory week there will be an opportunity to sign up for an account with the Techniker Krankenkasse on site. Mr. Jan Müller is the local TK representative and can be reached at email@example.com.
When I graduated from Urban Agglomerations in 2013, I was living in Istanbul and I stayed living in Turkey. I started to write for some Italian on-line and printed magazines about sustainable planning and architecture. Now I continue writing books on different topics including the field of architecture
Thanks to the experience through the master program at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, nowadays I work as an adviser in urban planning, sustainable building and housing at the Urban Development Direction at the National Planning Department (DNP) of Colombia. Based on my academic experience in Germany and Sweden I currently implement in consultancy on national planning levels, urban policies and environmental programs, data analysis and assessment on infrastructure, climate change and urbanisation.
Currently I‘m a research assistant at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL). Since 2014, I have a position as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, University of Hanover. While pursuing the international master’s program, I got the opportunity to study the fundamentals of urban sustainability and attend a number of workshops, focusing on several case studies in Europe and South America. This experience taught me that the key factors regarding prosperity and resilience is deeply rooted in the innovativeness of cities.
I am an Indian Architect, graduated out from the Urban Agglomerations program in March 2016. I am currently working as an intern at Radbonus UG in Köln. Here, my task is to analyze the bicycle infrastructure of different German cities and also to perform market research. Choosing Urban Agglomerations as a master’s degree is one of the best decisions I made as a student. This program has not only enhanced my research skills, but also enabled me to work in the field of sustainable urban development. It has provided me with adequate knowledge of the various urban challenges faced by today´s agglomerations around the world.
The multidisciplinary faculty of the program enabled my fellow students and I to develop distinct scholarship based on our own individual interests. Through their guidance, I was able to obtain integral insights on the topics I have used to define my early career. Since graduation, I have gone on to become an urban development consultant for projects across Latin America, Africa, Europe and North America. Currently based between Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and Frankfurt am Main, Germany, I am grateful for the intercultural and interdisciplinary foundations the program helped to set.
I graduated from the M.Sc. Urban Agglomerations in 2014 and have since worked for non-governmental organizations, as well as for the public and private sector. Currently, I work for the Government as a Senior Business Development Analyst, working for the Regional Transport Authority, Metrolinx, in the Toronto Region in Canada. I am leading the Voice of the Customer for our Fare Payment System, helping improve our customer experience and satisfaction
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The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany) has cooperation agreements for an exchange semester with the following universities in Europe and overseas:
Each year the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and partner universities from South America organize an annual meeting. In September 2013 the meeting took place at the UAEM Universidad Autonomá del Estado de México in Toluca, Mexico. This fourth meeting was arranged as a workshop and for the first time students from each university were invited to participate. Apart from the UAEM as the hosting university and the master programme “Urban Agglomerations”, professors from the partner universities from PUCPR Curitiba, Brazil; UFABC, Santo André, Brazil; Uni Piloto, Bogotá, Colombia; attended the workshop, which took place from September 17th till 24th, 2013.
The topic was „Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions“ and the students had the possibility to study and discuss metropolitan regions by examining the city of Mexico. Excursions, lectures, round tables and project work were on the agenda. Five students from the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” participated.
Altogether it was a lively, international group of students. Active discussions among students and lecturers enriched the communication between the involved participants coming from different areas of research. All in all, it was an intensive and interesting week, in which, apart from the professional input, cultural aspects also gave new insights. The main focus was set on informal housing, as well as transportation and open spaces in the city. Mexico City is a good example to examine and do research on these topics, as the problems of a mega-city are visible and can easily be detected. The challenges of informal settlements, when spreading out along the borders of the city, become very obvious. Traffic, infrastructure, hygienic factors and crime are only a few aspects which lead to serious problems within a metropolis.
Since 2010 the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and partner universities from South America arrange an annual meeting of the international network „Urban Knowledge Net“. In 2014 it was organized by the Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogotá. “Urban Knowledge Net”, initiated by Prof. Michael Peterek and Caroline Günther, is an international cooperation between the master programme “Urban Agglomerations” and postgraduate programmes from partner universities from Latin America, where lecturers from the individual postgraduate courses and research projects deal with topics of sustainable metropolitan regions.
For the second time this meeting was arranged as a workshop. Students from all the participating master programmes were invited to join and learn. The topic of the workshop was “Integration of Metropolitan Regions” and it took place from September 22nd till 27th, 2014. Apart from participants from the Universidad Piloto de Colombia, as the hosting university, and the master programme “Urban Agglomerations”, professors from the partner universities from PUCPR Curitiba, Brazil, UFABC, Santo André, Brazil, UAEM, Toluca, Mexico, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Concepción, Chile, attended the workshop.
After the official opening of the international colloquium, which was organized as an accompaning event to the network meeting, various lecturs were held by professors and students from the participating universtities. The topics of the lectures dealt with the integration of metropolitan regions.
Apart from the theoretical discussions, different field trips were organized to give a practical connection to the topic. One field trip was a visit to the operator and system of Transmilenio, the public transportation system of Bogotá. A second field trip went to the outskirts of Bogotá to see an environmental project, as well as a housing quarter, established on the furthermost border of the city. In both cases it was possible to get an intense insight of the problems such a mega city is confronted and has to deal with.
From 5th to 9th October, 2015, the annual meeting of the “Urban Knowledge Network” of the Master Programme “Urban Agglomerations (M.Sc.)” took place at the Universidad del Bío-Bío in Concepción, Chile. Most of the Latin American partner universities participated, as well as Michael Peterek and Caroline Günther from Frankfurt University.
In the past, Chile has been confronted with vast earthquakes and subsequently had to cope with many tsunamis. Dealing with such threats and defining strategies in order to adapt cities to such natural disasters, was the major topic to the country as well as all other affected countries. In this context a workshop took place at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, additionally to the network meeting. The topic of the workshop was „Global Climatic Change, Natural Disaster and Resilience“ and concentrated on strategies of future prevention as well as mitigation. The workshop concentrated on research approaches and projects that are testing to anticipate events, mitigate disaster effects and build local resilience, in order to prepare communities to major challenges like global warming and future events.
Thematically, the workshop invited all professionals interested and envolved in neigbourhood projects, risk and vulnerability analysis, climate change adaptation, mitigation strategies, integrated design approach, reconstruction projects, case studies on urban planning that contribute to enhance the local resilience and concerning question local empowerment. The workshop took place over two days, with many internationally renowned speakers.
Summer School Urban Sustainability
Bangkok, Thailand (2015)
From July 13th to 29th, 2015, the master program “Urban Agglomerations” organized its first international Summer School with the partner university King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Bangkok. Sponsored by funding from the DAAD and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), an interdisciplinary course on “Urban Sustainability” took place at the local International College.
Six professors from Frankfurt and three colleagues from Bangkok gave lectures in the fields of sustainable transport, urban theory, perception and culture, urban water supply and sanitation, land management, urban planning and universal design. The 18 students came from seven different countries and the diverse disciplines of architecture, landscape and urban planning, civil and energy engineering as well as environmental management.
Altogether 18 students from 7 countries took part in the summer school. They came from Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal, Turkey, Italy and Germany. The students were mainly studying in their third to fifth year in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, traffic management, energy engineering and environmental management.
After the opening ceremony, conducted by the president of the KMITL, representatives of the German Embassy Bangkok and the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service, the course began.
The program was divided into six learning units, dealing with the different aspects of urban sustainability:
- Sustainable Transport - M.Eng. Dennis Knese
- Urban Theory, Perception and Culture - Prof. Kathrin Golda-Pongratz
- Urban Water Supply and Sanitation - Prof. Monika Horster
- Land Management - Prof. Fabian Thiel
- Urban Planning and Development - Prof. Michael Peterek
- Universal Design - M. Sc. Caroline Günther
Additionally, the group did four field trips together with colleagues from the KMITL. The aim was to intesify the specific contents of the units by investigating the real situation of the mega city Bangkok, it’s urban, traffic, infrastructural and socio-cultural challenges. The field trips were:
- a whole-day experience with the public transportation system (train, skytrain, metro, bus)
- an excursion in the evening through quarters and neighborhoods in the city centre
- a visit to the campus of the Mahidol University. This university follows principles of a sustainable development on campus as well as in the neighborhoods (for example with projects concerning bike mobility, urban farming, waste- and water recycling)
- a guided tour through the informals settlement Klong Toey, a traditional neighborhood in the centre of the metropolis.
During the summer school the students worked on various case studies in fours interdisiplinary groups. They were supposed to map, analyse and validate according to the knowledge they attained in the units and finally develop first planning advises for a future sustainable development of the urban area they were working on.
Introspective, the summer school was a great sucess for the master program “Urban Agglomerations”. The intercultural and interdisiplinaray exchange with all the participants was inspiring. Also the collaboration with the partner university KMITL was excellent.