Urban Agglomerations, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)


The Master Course "Urban Agglomerations" (M. Sc.) offers an international and interdisciplinaryformation in sustainable planning, development, management and operation of city-regions and large agglomerations.

The Master Programme has a strong international orientation. It is implemented by 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-years full-time course. The course is completely taught in English. The programme leads to the international academic degree of a "Master of Science" (M.Sc.)


Acrreditation Acquin e.V. until 30.09.2020

Programme Structure

The Masters Course "Urban Agglomerations" is completely taught in English. It comprises twelve 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 at an international partner university.

In detail, the study programme comprises the following modules:

First semester at Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main University of Applied Sciences:

  • Module 1.1: Urbanisation and Housing in a Global Context
    (5 credits)
  • Module 1.2: Urban and City-regional Development
    (5 credits)
  • Module 1.3: Urban Renewal and Redevelopment
    (5 credits)
  • Module 1.4: Landscape and Environmental Planning
    (5 credits)
  • Module 1.5: Urban Transport and Mobility
    (5 credits)
  • Module 1.6: GIS and Public Informations Systems
    (5 credits)

Second semester at Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main University of Applied Sciences:

  • Module 2.1: Urban Infrastructure 1: Water and Sewage
    (5 credits)
  • Module 2.2: Urban Infrastructure 2: Energy Supply and
    Waste Management
    (5 credits)
  • Module 2.3: Social and Cultural Challenges of Urban Agglomerations
    (5 credits)
  • Module 2.4: City-regional Governance
    (5 credits)
  • Module 2.5: Interdisciplinary Project Work
    (10 credits)

Third semester at one of the International Partner Universities:

  • Module 3.1: International Exchange Course
    (30 credits)

Fourth semester at Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main University of Applied Sciences:

  • Module 4.1: Master Thesis and Colloquium
    (30 credits)

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Application form with personal data and passport size photo
  • Certificate of first degree (first degree 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)
  • Certificate of the High School degree (Secondary School degree)
  • Certificate of English language ability: TOEFL (Computer based TOEFL score: 213, Paper based TOEFL score: 550 points) or IELTS (score 6.0) or equivalent test. If you are a native English speaker or 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
  • Transcript of Records: supporting documentation about relevant courses attended and completed at university
  • Detailed CV
  • Statement of Motivation: personal objectives, on a separate sheet, and not exceeding three pages, explaining the reasons for applying to the "Urban Agglomerations" programme (personal interests in the field, how to benefit from the programme, future plans after completion of the programme etc.) – this statement of objectives will be of substantial importance for the application and selection process by the consortium
  • Letter of recommendation, written by a university professor or teaching staff (excluding language school teachers)
  • Documented evidence of professional experience of at least one year. This can be waived in case of excellent final results in the first degree
  • Copy of your ID /Passport
  • Statement explaining how you intend to finance your studies All documents must be handed in in English language.

Tuition Fee

These come to about 2.650 for each the first, second and third semester. In the fourth semester the total is 1.050 .

Living costs for Frankfurt am Main

  • 925 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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