SPRING – Regional Development Planning and Management (MSc.)

By | July 13, 2017

SPRING – Regional Development Planning and Management (MSc.)

Target group

Practitioners in regional and urban development planning and administration in developing countries

Course language


Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a field related to Regional or Urban Planning with significantly above average grades
  • A high standard of proficiency in written and spoken English: TOEFL (540 PBT, 220 CBT, 80 iBT) or IELTS (Band 6.0) and
  • A strong commitment to further work in regional development planning

Requirements for DAAD scholarships:

  • At least two years of professional practice
  • Degree awarded Master of Science in Regional or Urban Development Planning and Management

Course begins

Every year in October
Course duration
24 months
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme
5 to 6 weeks (for students awarded a DAAD scholarship)

Application deadline

For DAAD scholarship applicants:

  • 1 October at TU Dortmund University for intake in the subsequent
  • For applicants with own financial recourses or other scholarships:
    9 May at TU Dortmund University for intake in the same year.


A SPRING course covers two years. During the first year, students study at the TU Dortmund University in Germany with a focus on theories and methods of regional development. In the second year, students are free to choose a specific focus (urban planning, sustainable development planning and management, special problems in regional planning, environmental economics in planning) and continue their studies at one of the SPRING network partners.
The first SPRING year is organised into three phases simulating an ideal planning cycle (analysis, planning and implementation). Each phase converges into a workshop integrating the various subjects of the programme. The second year concentrates on the specific focus of the network partner and on fieldwork, which provides the input for
the Master’s thesis.
For further information contact
TU Dortmund University
School of Spatial Planning, SPRING
44221 Dortmund
Phone: +49-(0)231-755-6075
Fax: +49-(0)231-755-6468
Email: application.spring@tu-dortmund.de
Website: http://www.spring-master.net