Application for the M.Sc. programme Urban Design


Just in time for this year’s application phase we are offering insights into our research and teaching programme Urban Design at HafenCity University to prospective students. This second edition of the »Circular« assembles the following contents: As usual, the inner cover is devoted to the upcoming annual theme.

While »A Day in the Life of Building a Proposition for Future Acitivities« dives straight into the hustle and bustle of last year’s Summer School, the excerpt from »Questions and Debate in Project Management« features a conversation between various people involved in one way or another in the project Community Building Poppenbüttel / UD Summer School. The centre spreads are reserved for outtakes of key readings: This time, we’re featuring Michel de Certeau’s contrasting views of looking down upon, and walking in, the city, taken from his »Practice of Everyday life« and presented with the kind permission of University of California Press.

Hannah Arendt, in an excerpt from »The Human Condition« kindly provided by the University of Chicago Press, discusses the nature of power as something that needs to be actualised and cannot be stored – and thus requires spaces of appearance.

Nina Power’s recent essay »Rainy Fascism Island« brings to the fore the urgency to spatially ground analyses of inequality, political ideologies and urban realities in actual places. We’re closing this section with Friedrich Engels’ classic description of his landing in London in his once again timely »Condition of the working class in England«.

This year’s annual theme »Luxury. Spatial Politics of Comfort« is featured in the retrospective of our kick-off event with research presentations by Yuca Meubrink (HCU) and Luna Glucksberg (LSE).

We couldn’t resist including an ad for the first two books in our new series »Everyday Urban Design«, published by boto press. Each Circular provides a snapshot of one of our core subjects, in this case the methodology seminar »Urban Territories 1«.

Lastly, we include a very short history of the HafenCity Lecture series whose guest speakers addressed topical questions around migration and mobilities. Enjoy reading!

Please download the Circular #2 - 2017 here.

Please find further information about the programme and its course of study here. We are happy to welcome prospective students during colloquia and final presentations. Look for upcoming events under this link or sign up for the UD newsletter here.



M.Sc. Urban Design - basic facts in brief

Qualification: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Programme duration: 4 semesters (2 years) fulltime
Credit Points according to ECTS: 30 CP per Semester, 120 CP in total
Course of studies: 3 Modules Urban Design Project (each 10 CP), 7 Compulsory Modules (each 5 CP), 5 compulsory/elective Modules (each 5 CP), 2 elective Modules (each 5 CP), Thesis (20 CP)

Academic Calendar:
Winter term: October 1 to March 31
Lectures: mid-October to the beginning of February
Summer term: April 1 to September 30
Lectures: beginning of April to mid-July

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