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Study Spatial Planning in Germany

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Spatial planning is an interdisciplinary field which combines aspects from the engineering sciences and the social sciences. It deals with shifts and trends concerning both developed and undeveloped spaces. Living, working, and environmental conditions are considered at the neighbourhood, city, regional, and even up to the international level. Different specialisation areas, such as urban development, housing, traffic, or landscape, are involved at all these levels.


47 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Diplom

German, English

2-8 Semesters

What content can I expect

Spatial planners improve the quality of life in cities and communities by designing neighbourhoods and housing communities as well as planning traffic routes and systems. For example, they develop new bus lines, optimise cycling routes, and design traffic-calmed areas. Their work ensures the sustainable development of our living spaces. This field of study includes country planning, landscape planning, nature conservation planning, regional planning, urban planning, and urban development.

A spatial planner’s main challenge is coordinating the different demands that are made regarding the use of a given space. They also support and manage planning processes. Depending on your specific degree programme, you will not only gain knowledge in natural sciences and mathematics, but also attend modules in computer science (e.g., GIS or 3D visualisation) or cultural history, sociology of settlements, location policy, planning regulation, construction law, and economics.

Because spatial uses and demands often overlap and conflict with each other, it is the task of spatial planning to weigh the concerns against and among each other in the interest of the common good and to search for environmentally, socially, and economically compatible solutions. For this reason, a degree programme in this field might also include training of rhetorical skills and basics of communication psychology.

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