Second year at TU Darmstadt

MSc. Degree

Alongside the posibility of completing the second year at one of the consortium partner universities, students can also pursue their second year at TU Darmstadt. However, this option is provided under exceptional circumstances only, and with limited placements. Candidates selecting this track cannot be considered for MU Scholarships (which pertains to double degree tracks only). Additionally, the selection of this option does not allow the students to be awarded a double MSc. degree. Instead, they graduate with a single degree in International Cooperation in Urban Development.

Programme structure for Second Year

Second year at TU Darmstadt provides the students to specialize in one of the areas of international cooperation in urban development accoring to their own interests. The curriculum is distributed in ten modules, of which three are obligatory, while the rest are electives.

All modules are defined by their contents, learning outcomes and number of credit points that can be earned in the course according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The total two years course requires 120 credit points (CPs), normally divided equally into 30 CPs per semester.

The modules are described as follows:

Module 1 – Urban Design Project (obligatory-option 1)

Specialization in urban design

Module 2 – Urban Research Project (obligatory-option 2)

Specialization in planning and development research

Module 3 – Research Methods

Acquisition of methodological research experience

Module 4 – Advanced readings

Specialization in urban develop-ment literature

Module 5 – Excursion

Comparison of a European with a non European setting

Module 6 – Internationalconference

International conference experi-ence

Module 7 – Research colloquia

Reflective process to support the thesis writing process

Module 8 – Exchange modules

Specialisation according to the students own interests

Module 9 – Internship (obligatory)

Acquisition of practical experience in a project implementation agen-cy

Module 10 – Master Thesis (obligatory)

Practice and proof in scientific problem analysis and report writ-ing, understanding of context of research topic



The Masters Programme is taught in English language


Master of Science in International Cooperation in Urban Development (M.Sc.)

Final deliverable

Masters Thesis in the form of written academic paper.

More information

Official consortium website

Students of the 2018-20 cohort, Darmstadt, October 2018
Students of the 2018-20 cohort, Darmstadt, October 2018