MA Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung

Städte sind in besonderer Weise mit dem sozioökonomischen Wandel und den daraus resultierenden veränderten Chancen und Schwierigkeiten moderner Gesellschaften befasst. Vor dem Hintergrund der Globalisierung und Europäisierung dienen Städte und Regionen den sozialen Akteuren in vielfältiger Weise als zentraler Bezugspunkt ihrer Entscheidungen und Handlungen. Städtische Strukturen eröffnen auf engem Raum vielfältige Möglichkeiten zur Kommunikation und Interaktion. Sie bilden dadurch einen Kristallisationspunkt für Innovationen, von denen positive Effekte für Wachstum und Beschäftigung auf regionaler Ebene ausgehen können. Auch wirkt sich der demographische Wandel auf die Stadtgesellschaften aus, zum Beispiel in Form veränderter Wanderungsdynamiken. Migrationen richten sich weiterhin vornehmlich auf Städte und dort sind neue, zunehmend transnational organisierte Formen der Migration und Integration verankert.

Mit diesen neuen Entwicklungen gehen Veränderungen der innerstädtischen Strukturen einher. Bevorzugten Stadtquartieren stehen Gebiete gegenüber, in denen die Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner mit eingeschränkten Möglichkeiten der Lebensführung konfrontiert sind. Es stellt sich die Frage, wie das dichte Zusammenleben unterschiedlicher und einander zumeist unbekannter Personen gelingen und wie langfristig soziale Kohäsion bzw. eine nachhaltige Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung erreicht werden kann.

Aims and Description of Studies

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.

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Compulsory and Compulsory Elective Modules

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:


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General Studies, Internships and Study Abroad

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.

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Master's Thesis

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.

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Committees and Student Counseling

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.

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Studienberatung und Hilfe

Haben Sie Fragen zum Studium, Praktikum oder Auslandsaufenthalten? Benötigen Sie einen Nachteilsausgleich aufgrund persönlicher Umstände? In diesen Fällen kontaktieren Sie bitte den Studiengangskoordinator Michael Thiele.

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