EuMiTD - European Master in Territorial Development

General Informations

  • What EuMiTD stands for

    The European Master in Territorial Development is intended for graduates in relevant academic disciplines (for example, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, geography) who would like to acquire in-depth knowledge in the area of sustainable spatial development. The two year English-language Master programme therefore aims at a transdisciplinary and intersectoral approach in the field of regional and urban development. This will be achieved by focusing on urban and regional planning and development within a European context, by concentrating on territorial governance, EU structural policies as well as transport and environmental policies. The mandatory stay abroad, the intercultural experiences and the involvement of renowned partner universities in Austria, England, France, Sweden and the Netherlands will help prepare students to understand and resolve complex planning problems within an international context. This will additionally assist in shaping the students’ distinctive profile and therefore, increase their job opportunities, both domestically and internationally.

  • Dealing with European Challenges in spatial planning and regional development

    Dealing with European Challenges in spatial planning and regional development

    Spatial planning and Territorial development are becoming increasingly internationally oriented. This is evident, for example, in current strategies and approaches responding to global challenges, such as globalization and climate change, cross- and trans-border activities and projects, the increasing importance of EU structural funds, and in the Europeanization of environmental, social and spatial policies.


    The Master programme offers a wide range of requisite subjects and elective courses. The students will focus on integrated approaches of urban and regional planning and development in a European context. They will become familiar with appropriate public incentives and measures, as well as with territorial governance and strategies or instruments related to approaches for supporting an integrated spatial development. Compulsory modules deal with different patterns of spatial development, on both a national and European level, by taking into consideration specific approaches such as transport and mobility policies, landscape planning, settlement development among others, as well as conceptual approaches in the fields of planning theory and sociology. Additional elective modules and a mandatory semester abroad round the programme off.


    The courses will be accompanied by self-organised project-oriented work within small groups. This will provide students with the opportunity to develop independent solutions to complex practical problems and research questions. Most importantly, this will enable the acquisition and improvement of soft skills, such as self-management and presentation skills, as well as the ability to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams all of which are essential for successful academic work. 

  • Programme facts

    Title/degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
    Duration: 2 years (120 CP), full time
    Course start: Winter term (October)
    Language of instruction: English

    Mandatory semester abroad: third semester

    Admission requirements: Bachelor degree in a field of study closely related to that of the Master programme (e.g. geography, spatial planning, regional development, landscape and environmental planning, traffic planning), Adequate knowledge (Level B2) of the English language

  • Examination Regulations

Detailed Informations

  • Programme outline

    The European Master in Territorial Development is taught at the Leibniz Universität Hannover and at Technische Universität Braunschweig. Mainly involved are the:

    The Master programme has a course load of 120 CP. All the courses are usually 5 CP, the research oriented projects are 15 CP and the Master’s Thesis is 30 CP.  


    The structure of the programme is as follows:

    Semester 1 

    Semester 2 

    Semester 3: Mandatory Study term abroad (30 CP): You can choose from 1 in 5 universities. For more information see below "Partner Universities".

    Semester 4: Master's Thesis (30 CP): You can do a co-tutored master thesis. That means the 1st tutor comes from LUH or TU BS and the 2nd tutor from the host university.

  • Partner Universities

    Partner Universities

    For the mandatory stay abroad in the 3rd semester you can choose from the following partner universities. The recognition of modules granted (max. 30 ECTS) is based on a learning agreement between you, the Leibniz University and the hosting university.

    ERASMUS+ exchange programme

    For your semester abroad you will be eligible for the Erasmus+ grant, also as a non-EU citizen, and you will not have to pay any fees at the partner university. The grant can also be combined with Auslands-BAFöG

    The Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) features a budget of 14,8 billion € provided by the European Union. Since 1987 it funds the transnational mobility of students, professors and university employees.

    The Faculty International Relations Office and the University International Office offer further information and advices regarding your term abroad.

  • Fields of employment for graduates

    Professional practice in the field of spatial planning and regional development is becoming increasingly international in its approach, whether due to global issues, cross-border projects, regional developments in border regions, the Europeanisation of planning in general, the growing significance of European funding programmes for local and regional development or projects abroad.

    Consequently, graduates are predestined to develop their own special profile in the professional and academic field of spatial planning and territorial development, gaining access to labour markets, leading and shaping complex, unforeseeable working and learning contexts, and assuming responsibility for projects and teams. The European labour market increasingly represents a new positioning field, which is why students on the master's programme will qualify for the following professional fields:

    • Positions with regional and local planning authorities, national and European authorities in the Member States, associations, municipalities and companies (e.g. planning/advisory agencies) that have an international outlook (e.g. in funding consultancy and allocation, cross-border planning and development)
    • Positions with European planning and development agencies
    • University and non-university research and development in the European context


    In this wide range of employment prospects, each student has the opportunity to qualify for a job that suits his or her particular preferences and objectives. The mandatory stay abroad in the 3rd Semester give all students the additional chance to network and explore work conditions in another European country.

    The career service of the Leibniz University Hannover helps students with finding internships, gives career advice and can offer tips and guidance when applying for jobs.

  • Admission requirements

    The following information will help you prepare your application. It consists of extracts from the Admission Regulations and explanations. The Admission Regulations for the Master of Science European Master in Territorial Development constitute the legal basis for admission to the Master’s programme.

    Admission requirements:

    • A Bachelor degree from a German University or from a University from a Bologna-country. This degree has to be in a field of study closely related to that of the Master programme (e.g. geography, spatial planning, regional development, landscape and environmental planning, traffic planning).
    • Or a similar degree from another foreign University, in a closely related programme. The similarity is assessed by the assessment criteria dictated by the central department for foreign education of the permanent office of the Kultusministerkonferenz.
    • Adequate knowledge (Level B2) of the English language. For the obligatory stay abroad, if the course is conducted in a language other than English, the student is required to prove an adequate knowledge of the host country language, according to the learning agreement, whether it be German, French, Dutch or Swedish. The definition of the level of knowledge is given by the GERS.
  • Application Procedure

    An application for the European Master in Territorial Development must be accompanied by the following documents:

    • Applications form of the Leibniz Universität Hannover: The applications form is only available during the application period.
    • Certified true copies of official transcripts of academic results
    • Certified true copy of English language test (level B2 or higher), e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, …
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Letter of motivation, in English (max. 5 pages as well as up to 10 pages of attached work samples), including:

    1.    Which specific abilities, talents and interests do you have that qualify you for this programme? 

    2.    In which way does the Master programme qualify you for your future job ambitions?

    3.    To what extent are you able to competently use scientific principles and methods for planning and development approaches?

    4.    How can you relate and apply your academic background or basic knowledge from your Bachelor degree to EuMiTD?

    Application is only open for the winter term.

    Closing date for applications for German and EU students is July the 15th.  All other applications have to be submitted by the 31st of May. Please send all documents via post to the following address:

    Leibniz Universität Hannover
    Welfengarten 1
    30167 Hannover


  • FAQ - Frequently asked questions

    1.       Is the Master programme entirely taught in English?

    All mandatory courses and most of the elective modules are offered in English. It is possible to study the programme completely in English.


    2.       Are there any English language skills requirements?

    Yes, to enter the programme an adequate knowledge of the English language is required. This means that you will need a certificate (for example by a TOEFL-Test, IELTS etc.) that your English language skills are at level B2 or higher.


    3.       Are there any German languages courses be offered in the Master programme?

    In the programme itself there are no German language courses offered. But as a (prospective) student at the Leibniz University of Hanover there are also several ways to learn German and other languages at the unversity. Please, go here for more information:


    4.       How much are the fees I have to pay?

    You have to pay semester fees. The fee also includes costs for the Semester Ticket Lower Saxony/Bremen which you may use free of charge for public transport in the Greater Hannover Area and for the second class of Deutsche Bahn regional trains throughout Lower Saxony as well as for Bremen and Hamburg central stations.

    Further information you can find here:


    5.       Is it mandatory to study a semester abroad?

    Yes, the semester abroad is mandatory. The courses at the partner universities are mostly taught in English so that it is not absolutely necessary to speak the national language (German, French, Dutch, Swedish ...). Anyhow, it would be good to understand the particular language to be able to follow the every-day life there.


    6.       What documents are required for the admission?

    Please visit the webpage about Admission requirements.


    7.       Are there any working experiences / internships required to study EuMiTD?

    No, there is no working experience or internship required.


    8.       What is the focus of EuMiTD?

    The Master programme focuses explicitly on Europe. We will deal with the (spatial) policies of the European Union, its impacts on the European Union member states and their regions. Additionally, we will focus on territorial/spatial policies of European member states such as Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Poland etc. What EuMiTD does not cover, due to the diversity of the planning systems and spatial policies in Europe, is spatial planning or spatial policies outside Europe. If you are interested in policies in areas such as America, Asia or Africa you should probably apply for another study programme; if you would like to learn more about spatial policies and planning in Europe we would be very glad to receive your application.


    9.       Which Bachelor degrees are appropriate to study EuMiTD?

    The Master programme is intended for graduates in relevant academic disciplines like urban and regional planning, environmental planning, geography etc. It is necessary that you have at least some basic skills in the field of urban / regional planning and development.


    10.   What is 'BAföG' (Federal Education Assistance Act)?

    BAföG is an interest-free loan from the state for students in Germany. The Studentenwerk Hannover ( offers information about loans and grants in English.


    11.   Are there any scholarships for students from (none) EU?

    The International Office offers information and service regarding your studies at Leibniz-Universität Hannover, as well as information about opportunities to study abroad. The International Office is responsible for Leibniz-Universität’s exchange programmes and can give you advice on scholarships and other forms of support.

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  • Contact

    If you want to know more about the programme European master in Territorial Development, please contact:

    Degree Coordinator’s Office for the Department of Landscape Sciences

    Degree coordinators


    Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Nollenberg

    Tel. +49 511 762 5563


    Dipl.-Ing. Kirsten Niederlein

    Tel. +49 511 762 5545



    Herrenhäuser Straße 2A

    Room 215

    30419 Hannover

    Consulting hours: Tuesday, Thursday 9–12 am, Thursday 1-3 pm and by arrangement.


    Here is what students say about studying European Master in Territorial Development in Hannover:


    Lloyd: Hannover is a great place to live with many sports teams, places to eat and a great nightlife. The courses have allowed me to meet people from all over the world and to understand how different people work together.

    Johanna: External experts and professors from the partner universities are involved in some of the lectures, which gives a great opportunity to get a more profound knowledge on the topic and allows networking and getting an insight to later job opportunities.

    Irina: The research oriented project required independent working behaviour and a lot of commitment which in the end allowed me to get a really deep understanding of the topic and improve my team work skills. What stands out is the very good and close atmosphere between students and lecturers. 

    Hanna: EuMiTD brings not only international students together but also integrates great lecturers from the practice into the learning program. The study course gives insight into today's social and ecologic development challenges and forms the interdisciplinary planner of tomorrow.

    Amal: The European focus of the study programme offers a great opportunity for international outreach and networking.