Prospects and employability

The Institute of Geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum jointly offers the study programme “Transformation of Urban Landscapes” in cooperation with the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University Shanghai, PR China. Successful participants will be granted a Double Degree [Master of Science & Master in Engineering in Landscape Studies]. Due to German regulations concerning so called “protected professions” some explanations are needed here, so please note the following clarification

The sustainable as well as the ecological development of urban regions adopting a the sino-german perspective is a challenging task. The joint study programme combines the strengths of both participating institutes in terms of addressing different perspectives of planning, landscape and culture. Students will learn about existing and possible upcoming challenges in the development of sustainable metropolitan regions. The determinants of shrinking as well as of fast growing areas are regarded. Graduates may become actors in various transformation processes of diverse urban landscapes. They will be familiar with a broad variety of formal and informal planning tools and thus will be able to manage urban governance processes and to develop mission statements, strategies or concepts. In doing so, tools of trade are the analysis of multi-scale endogenous and exogenous driving factors, the path dependency of transformations processes or the institutional and cultural framing, to name a few.

With this conceptual framework the programme aims at employment fields like the innovative portfolio management of international real estate companies, urban and regional planning, economic counselling or promotion and policy advisory. Graduates will be excellently prepared to work as members in interdisciplinary teams.

All these things considered, it will become clear that the study programme does not aim at traditional professional fields of architecture or civil engineering. Especially in Germany, these are occupational fields under strict regulations. They regularly require the enrollment e. g. in the list of the Chamber of Architects. It has to be stressed that the degrees do not qualify for a special kind of internship (“Referendariat”, e. g. “Baureferendariat”) leading to the 2nd state examination which is the sine qua non for working in some of the higher service branches within the German civil service like a building regulatory agency (“Bauordnungsamt”). Nevertheless, access is possible to planning agencies at any level from local to international that do not require the highly formalized education mentioned above.