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Urban Design - Revitalization of Historic City Districs (M.Sc.), Double Degree

BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg, Cairo University and Alexandria University

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The Master in “Urban Design – Revitalization of Historic City Districts” is a postgraduate program for graduates who are interested to respond the urgent needs in Urban Design for the Revitalization of Historic City Districts. The aim of the Master Program is to communicate urban rehabilitation and revitalization strategies and concepts for the different situations and challenges of historic city districts, especially of the cities and regions of the involved universities.


The development of historic cities in Europe and in the MENA region is until today one of the most important challenges for a sustainable urban development. A vivid inner city with a historic core is shaping the image and the identity of the city and initializing developments in the whole town. The benefit of renewal and revitalization of inner cities areas is never reduced just to inhabitants and stakeholders of the certain quarter. Accordingly, in urban development nothing is more sustainable than a vital inner city. This thesis is correct for both, cities in Europe and metropolitan areas in the MENA region. Rehabilitation processes need an integrated approach, finally fixed in an urban form and guidelines that guarantee stability and continuity for all further developments.

Program Structure

Participants in the Master Program pass one semester at each of the partner universities (BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg, Cairo University and Alexandria University) and the master thesis semester at these universities they would like to receive the master degree from. The fourth semester is reserved for the master thesis, which is based on the content of at least one program relevant component. All modules will be taught in English.

Program description >


The curriculum is project based and has ‘three’ main scientific components:
Urban Design and Rehabilitation | Urban Development | Architecture in Historic Context 
The first terms relate to these main components and each term consists of a project and three theoretical and research orientated modules.


With successful completion of the double Master Program the participants are awarded with two degrees: “Master of Science” (M.Sc.) at BTU and “Master in Urban Design” (Master) at Cairo University and “Master of Science” (M.Sc.) at Alexandria University.

Professional Perspectives

The alumni of the program are qualified for a professional career in all institutions, which are involved in design and management processes for historic cities. These are private architecture and urban planning offices, administrations and international agencies and institutions.

Academic and professional requirements

The Master Program in Urban Design is open for graduates from any country and from various disciplines.
Requirements are:

  • Bachelor degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Landscape Planning or -Architecture.
  • Experience in identifying relevant urban development problems, defining tasks, methods and strategies to solve problems and the ability to design qualified concepts in a traceable way and qualified experiences in defining problems.
  • Excellent language skills in English (TOEFL of at least 79 points (iBT), IELTS (minimum of 6.0 points) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (both minimum grade B evidence). 

Application deadline for the following winter term:

Students who need a visa for Germany: submission until June 1st
Students who need no visa for Germany: submission until August 31st

Start of the Course

October Fall/Winter semester

Regular Duration

4 semesters

Fees and scholarships

Regular registration fees at each university (varying from 50,-- to 260,-- € per term) have to be paid by participating students. Tuition fees of 1.500,-- € per term have to be charged.
The applicants can apply for scholarships at the different institutions offering scholarships for master students. For an overview of scholarships please consult the DAAD homepage.


Helena Schmiemann, M.A.
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
Bureau for International Studies (BIS) VP L 4.1 C
Main Campus, Main Building, room HG 4.35
Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus

E-mail: urbandesign-ms@no-spamb-tu.de
Phone: +49 355 69 4880

You can get further information on our webpage.





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