The master thesis is a written examination showing that the candidate is able to adequately describe and solve a problem on his own. The topic has to be related to the field of spatial planning and processed within a limited time and by using methods learnt during the studies.
The conduction of the master thesis is usually carried out in the 4th semester. After having written the thesis, the results additionally have to be presented and discussed. The final grade for the students comprises the written component on the one hand the oral disputation on the other hand.
The master thesis can be written in single or in teamwork (max. 2 people). Writing in teams of two students is only possible, if a clear distinction between each part can be seen and be assessed individually.
Formal requirements are described in the master examination regulations for Master programs Urban and Reginal Development / Environmental Planning and Law.
Details on writing a synopsis for the master thesis can be found here.
Guidelines of the department of International Planning Systems regarding layout and quotation can be found here.
Time allowed for completion: 12 weeks
Amount of pages: ca. 80
Achievements: Written report and disputation
Suggestions for topics
The department International Planning Systems offers several subjects for theses.
A list of overall categories and topics is given in the link above and can be found here as PDF. In case of interest, all topics can be transferred to other states than stated.
Additionally to the suggested topics, we are of course also open for self-formulated ideas and topics.
Completed Master Theses
Here you can find a list of already completed master theses of the department International Planning Systems. For part of the theses you will also find summaries.
- Nina Christ - May 2021:
Municipal Climate Emergency. An investigation of the potentials of climate emergency declarations as valuable instruments of municipal climate policy making and integrated sustainable urban planning in Germany.
- Benjamin Blaser - April 2021:
Planning culture's impact on cross-border spatial planning: An analysis of the case studies Greater Region and Upper Rhine Valley
- Alina Steilen - August 2020:
"Kommunale Baulandmodelle" in Luxembourg based on the German model? Analysis of a new approach to ensure affordable housing in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
- Jonas Pauly - January 2020
Potentiale Grüner Infrastruktur als Beitrag zur Verbesserung luftklimatischer Bedingungen in Mexiko-Stadt
- Martin Boos - March 2019:
Implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy in border regions - Contribution of European cohesion policy through INTERREG-A-Programmes
- Isabel Müller - March 2019
Revitalization of inner city brownfields through Urban Gardening using the example of the project Kölner Neuland e.V.
- Caroline Ams - February 2019
Spatial Planning in Switzerland - Analysis of planning approaches concerning the steering of the settlement development
- Jakob Schackmar - February 2018: Potentials of new substitute industries to revitalize shrinking cities - a strategic solution? An analysis of selected projects
- Svenja Nothof - March 2018 The Role of National Planning Documents on Shrinking Cities in Japan, based on the Case Study of Nagasaki
- Fabienne van der Hoofd - March 2018: Zwischennutzung als Chance schrumpfende Städte in den Niederlanden - Am Beispiel der Städte Heerlen und Maastricht -
- David Ramert - October 2018: Smart Cities as an informal tool to revitalize shrinking cities using the example of the city of Cleveland
- Theresa Groß - August 2018: The local Implementation of the Paris Climat Chang Agreement in Germany 2015
- Judith Boquoi - Dezember 2017: Nachhaltige Quartiersentwicklung in Luxemburg - Das Beispiel Op der Schleed
- Sebastian Stemmler - Juni 2017: Analysis of Rwanda's legal Framework on urban planning processes and environmental infrastructure development: A case study on public decision making processes in the highly dynamic metropolis Kigali
- Daniel Baum - March 2017: Analyse des grenzüberschreitenden ÖPNV in der Großregion Saar-Lor-Lux+ vor dem Hintergrund des zunehmenden Penlerverkehrs nach Luxemburg
- Sebastian Buschlinger & Markus Henn - 2017: Green Innovation Areas als Chance der Brachflächenrevitalisierung - Handlungsempfehlung für Städte und Gemeinden zur Attraktivitätssteigerung von Brachflächen für die Ansiedlung wirtschaftlicher Unternehmen
- Elena Gilcher - March 2014: Sustainable Cities through the Design Principles of New Urbanism? - A Comparative Analysis in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Regina Köchling - August 2013: Grenzüberschreitende Hochschulkooperationen
- Nadine Bereswill - January 2013: Fördermöglichkeiten von Konversionsprojekten