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The transformation of urban spaces into sustainable structures is one of the great challenges of our time. This transformation encompasses ecological, spatial, structural, social, cultural, design, infrastructural, technological and economic aspects in equal measure and in a mutually dependent manner, for whose challenges there are no simple and sectoral solutions. The research-oriented master's program Urban Futures enables you to think in a networked way and to work in an interdisciplinary manner, to tap your creativity and innovation potentials and to acquire profound knowledge and contacts for research-based practice.

Master of Arts
Full time
Course language:
Standard study period:
4 semesters
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
25.05. – 15.06. (NC degree program)
Admission requirements:
Thematically relevant first university degree with professional qualification
120 ECTS
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

Study the city of tomorrow

The master's program Urban Futures offers students from different disciplinary backgrounds the opportunity for an inter- and transdisciplinary study of urban transformation processes. You will acquire the necessary professional and interdisciplinary skills and knowledge that will enable you to work independently, scientifically, creatively and interdisciplinarily, to critically reflect on scientific findings and to act responsibly in the context of urban transformation processes. In each academic year, there is a specific cohort topic on which in-depth content knowledge and contacts with research-based practice are established.
The major challenges of sustainable urban development include demographic change, strategies for climate protection, measures in the wake of social segregation, participation processes and Big Data in the context of urban infrastructure (Smart Cities). The MA Urban Futures provides the professional and methodological competences necessary to conduct well-founded analyses of these tasks and to develop integral solutions.

In terms of disciplinary specialization, three thematic specializations are offered that describe central aspects of urban systems and focus on the design of spatial, social, infrastructural, cultural, and aesthetic processes and structures - each from a different perspective: the built, social, and digital city.


Built city
  • Sustainable infrastructures
  • Sustainable neighborhood development
  • Urban metabolism
Social city
  • Demographic change, heterogeneity and social inequality
  • Participation and active shaping of transformation processes
  • Attitudinal and behavioral change
Digital City
  • Big Open Data & Smart Citizens
  • Information Visualization
  • Digitized cultural assets


Hinsichtlich der disziplinären Spezialisierung werden drei thematische Vertiefungsrichtungen angeboten, die zentrale Aspekte urbaner Systeme beschreiben und in deren Zentrum die Gestaltung räumlicher, gesellschaftlicher, infrastruktureller, kultureller und ästhetischer Prozesse und Strukturen stehen – jeweils aus unterschiedlicher Perspektive: die gebaute, soziale, und digitale Stadt.

Gebaute Stadt

  • zukunftsfähige Infrastrukturen
  • nachhaltige Quartiersentwicklung
  • urbaner Metabolismus

Soziale Stadt

  • demografischer Wandel, Heterogenität und soziale Ungleichheit
  • Partizipation und aktive Gestaltung von Transformationsprozessen
  • Einstellungs- und Verhaltensveränderungen

Digitale Stadt

  • Big Open Data & Smart Citizens
  • Informationsvisualisierung
  • Digitalisiertes Kulturgut

Is this course of study a good fit for you?

The Urban Futures degree program is for you if you are interested in research and have already dealt with either construction, social science or information technology issues in your bachelor's degree. In the master's program, you will be enabled to think in a networked manner in the context of urban development and to work in an interdisciplinary manner, as well as to tap into your creativity and innovation potential. You will be provided with profound knowledge and contacts in research-based practice. The variety of content-related and methodological topics and issues inherent in the complexity of the topic of "Urban Futures" can by no means be fully represented in a four-semester master's program. This makes it all the more important to practice an attitude of lifelong research-based learning during the course of study in order to be able to move competently within the worldwide and constantly changing range of knowledge.

Poster "Studying the city of tomorrow

Poster "The study in structure and practice

Diese Eigenschaften bringen Sie mit

  • forschungsinteressiert und Auseinandersetzung mit baulichen, sozialwissenschaftlichen oder informationstechnologischen Fragestellungen im Bachelorstudium
  • Interesse an kreativer Tätigkeit
  • analytische und konzeptionelle Denkweise
  • Selbständigkeit, Kommunikations-, Organisations- und Teamfähigkeit


Student Counselling Service

Student Counselling Service for the MA Urban Futures

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula

Forschungsprofessor für ressourcenoptimiertes und klimaangepasstes Bauen
Studiengangsleiter Urbane Zukunft (M. A.)

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Career Prospects

Career Prospects

You will be trained to conduct interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research into ideas about the future so that you can develop complex approaches to solutions for sustainable urban development in the context of building and housing, technical infrastructure and mobility, as well as demography and social structure. The competent use of data spaces and visualizations and other digital research methods is a central cross-cutting theme in all of the above-mentioned subject areas.

Extensive research projects and development projects are carried out in cooperation with practical partners from the economy, municipal administrations and scientific institutions. These enable a research-oriented study structure and direct participation in research and development processes within the framework of the study projects, internships and master's theses.

The concept of a transformation manager who works as an interface communicator, especially in the field of urban development and in the communication of political and social institutions or associations, serves as a model.

Possible areas of application

  • Companies and institutions whose task is the production, design and mediation of urban living spaces, such as consulting companies, interface and communication design, research and development in the field of human-machine interfaces as well as cultural work, media and communication, marketing and tourism
  • international companies with a portfolio of services for urban services and infrastructures
  • start-ups
  • international organizations
  • access to management positions and higher service

Scientific career

The authorization to obtain a doctorate also opens the way to an academic career, e. g. in university or non-university research and teaching.

  • The approach of this inter- and transdisciplinary study program is absolutely contemporary, because the city as a crystallization point of social, economic, technological and ecological developments absolutely requires the training of competencies, which can be summed up very nicely with the term transformation manager.

    Beate Schulz-Montag
    foresightlab, Member of the Advisory Board
  • The city and infrastructure form a single entity, but are often thought of separately. There was a close coevolution between infrastructure and urban development. I think we need to rethink this coevolutionary process. An integrated development of city and infrastructure, that is the central question for me. That is the meta-question behind everything. The goal of the study program is to think of the city and infrastructure as a unit again.

    Jens Libbe
    German Institute of Urban Affairs, Member of the Advisory Board
Study contents

Course of studies

The standard period of study for the full-time program Urban Futures is four semesters and concludes with a Master of Arts degree. A detailed description can be found in the module handbook.


Semester 1.

Visions of urban futures, city as a complex system, methods, electives.
2nd semester Inter- and transdisciplinary project, methods, electives
3rd semester Research internship, electives
4th semester Master thesis and colloquium

Study contents

In the master's program Urban Futures, you will study with a high project component, which serves to translate and further develop the state of research taught in the program into feasible concepts for urban problems in a practice-oriented manner. The focus is on promoting methodological competence while taking disciplinary in-depth studies into account.


  • Visions of urban futures
  • System City
  • Futures Research
  • Reading Group
  • data science
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary project
  • Project and Change Management
  • Modeling of complex systems
  • Individualized studies (specialization of choice on topics of the built, social, cultural and digital city, mostly offered in an interdisciplinary seminar context)

Research internship

Working with community and city-based partners and under faculty supervision, you will complete a practice-based research practicum for 560 hours.

Master thesis

  • Master thesis and colloquium with accompanying supervision

Teaching formats

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Reading Group

Module Manuals & Regulations

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Modulhandbuch für den Masterstudiengang Urbane Zukunft (PDF, 249.89 KB)
Zur Studien- und Prüfungsordnung ABK Nr. 436 vom 24.02.2022
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Results from the Urban Futures degree program (selection)


  • Daniel Almgren Recén: Urban Trees in Berlin - Challenges and potentials in a changing climate.
  • Pascal Schwerk: Agentenbasierte Modellierung eines Bikesharing-Angebots im suburbanen Raum. Eine praktische Modellentwicklung am Beispiel Luckenwaldes.
  • Nele Trautwein: Relevanz und Umsetzung stadtplanerischer Leitbilder am Beispiel des Leitbilds der Gartenstadt des 21. Jahrhunderts für die Neuen Stadtquartiere Berlins.
  • Caroline Zygmunt: Radverkehrsqualität im Berliner Planungsraum Boxhagener Platz.


  • Clara Guigas: #bikingberlin. Entwurf einer datenbasierten Social Marketing Kampagnenstrategie zur Förderung von Fahrradmobilität in Berlin.
  • Felix Grünziger: Sozial-ökologische Transformation der Ernährungswirtschaft im Kontext eines digitalen Social Impact Start-ups - Wie lassen sich Nachhaltigkeitsziele im Bereich des biologischen Obst- und Gemüsehandels am Beispiel der Querfeld GmbH identifizieren und operationalisieren?
  • Ilya Alexander Yacine: Digitale Formen der Kollaboration. Eine Vergleichsanalyse von physisch und digital organisierten Projektinitiativen.
  • Janik Fechner: Partizipationsprozesse in der Entwicklung städtischer Quartiere - Auswirkungen von partizipativ gestalteten Stadtentwicklungsprozessen auf urbane Qualität.
  • Julia Ullrich: Berufsfelder im Kontext zukünftiger Arbeitswelten - Am Beispiel des Innovationsclusters Verkehr, Mobilität und Logistik.
  • Katharina Mayer: Welche Perspektive bietet die Genossenschaft sozialer Träger in der wachsenden Stadt Berlin bei der sozialen Wohnraumversorgung marginalisierter Gruppen?
  • Nathalie Wachotsch: Perspektiven queerer älterer Menschen auf den (Stadt-) Raum.
  • Nicolas Moegelin: Developing a business model for a Clean Air to Market concept.
  • Nicole Hengesbach: A Matter of Place? – Unpacking an Air Quality Data Assemblage.
  • Sarah Krebs: Vertikale Landwirtschaft im urbanen Raum - Chancen und Grenzen - Welche Projekte können hier als Vorbild dienen?
  • Tobias Kauer: tales of a street - Mixed-Methods Mapping of Local Knowledge.


  • Sebastian Gütte: Kommunikation von Energie- und Stoffströmen als Werkzeug für einen nachhaltigen Umgang mit Ressourcen.
  • Sonja Spital: Wohnen und Resilienz - Cluster-Wohnungen als eine Antwort auf Herausforderungen des Wohnens.

Mapping Cities – Making Cities.
Results from interdisciplinary project courses in which students from Urban Futures and Interface Design dedicate themselves to the visual analysis and communication of urban data.

In the seminar "Visions of Urban Futures", interdisciplinary teamwork is used to develop real questions about the urban future and put them up for discussion by means of poster presentations.

Research projects

Weitere Projekte
Centrum für Metropolinnovation in Bratislava

CMI.BA – Center for Metropolitan Innovation in Bratislava

Model project of an ecologically and socially sustainable building modernization of the Nová Cvernovka Foundation in Bratislava, Slovakia

Balkone mit grünen Pflanzen an einem Hochhaus

In study

On the pages of the CITY | BUILDING | CULTURE department you will find further useful information and documents about the study program bundled, for example about the study organization, the course catalog and the research internship. Furthermore, current projects of the study program are presented there.

More information about the study


Student Counselling Service

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula

Forschungsprofessor für ressourcenoptimiertes und klimaangepasstes Bauen
Studiengangsleiter Urbane Zukunft (M. A.)
Theme of the Year

Theme of 2022/2023

Smart City Potsdam

Smart cities usually refer to cities that enable intelligent networking of different areas of life and infrastructure sectors through the ubiquitous use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to achieve a higher quality of life and an increase in energy and resource efficiency. [i]
Innovations in technical infrastructures have always had a major impact on urban development processes and urban lifestyles. For example, developments in urban water management, energy supply or communication systems since the mid-19th century have led to new work, mobility and consumption patterns and resource regimes. The new information and communication technologies are the basis of many current technical, cultural and social developments, such as smart homes, new work, platform economies or Industry 4.0.

Grafik zur Verzahnung von erneuerbarer Energie mit der technischen Infrastruktur im Rahmen von Smart Cities

In July 2021, the state capital of Potsdam was selected by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Homeland Affairs in the funding program "Model Projects Smart Cities". [ii] with the application "Smart City Potsdam - Innovative. Green. Just. Together we create a sustainable city for tomorrow!" [iii] was selected for funding together with 27 other cities.
The state capital intends to use the funding for this purpose,

  • to use the opportunities of digitalization for the provision of public services,
  • counteract climate change, and
  • to expand the opportunities for Potsdam residents to participate. [iv]

In this cohort, we use the example of Smart City Potsdam to examine how municipalities can use digitization for sustainable, integrated and public welfare-oriented urban development, what opportunities and potentials are associated with it, but also what challenges the digital transformation poses to municipalities.

What characterizes a smart city and what effects can be expected from the use of innovative technologies on urban lifestyles, planning processes, urban development and urban form and the participation strategies underlying these activities? Based on extensive research on smart city strategies of different cities, small working groups will investigate the actor networks, the strategies and the planned implementation measures in Potsdam in dialogue with the actors and develop visionary, practicable and strategic approaches to solutions in a project work.
will be developed.

[i] BBSR, BMI (2021): Smart City Charta. Digitale Transformation in den Kommunen nachhaltig gestalten. (22.02.2022).
[ii] BMWSB: Smart City Dialog, (o.D.), (22.02.2022).
[iii] LH Potsdam: Potsdam wird Smart City-Modellkommune, (o.D.), (22.02.2022).
[iv] Vgl.: LH Potsdam: Potsdam wird Smart City Modellkommune. (o.D.).


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Topic archive

Doing well by doing good: Entrepreneurial strategies for a sustainable society

In the next generation, humanity must move from an economic model in which natural resources are consumed to one in which economic activity is integrated into natural material cycles. In the long term, prosperity must not come at the expense of the regenerative capacity of natural resources.

Grafik mit städtischen Gebäuden und Windrad
© Lena Zagora

At the same time, large parts of humanity still live in inadequate conditions (despite all the progress made in the fight against poverty). Around 700 million people have no access to electric light alone; worldwide, the median income is barely more than 200 euros per month per person. Against this background, it is important that all people and countries have a right to (economic) development, similar to that enjoyed by the West in the first wave of industrialization. We are therefore faced with the challenge of improving global economic conditions quickly and massively, while at the same time reducing resource consumption just as quickly and massively.

What is the role of private companies in this? On the one hand, private enterprise has historically proven to be an effective and rapid social mechanism for generating as much wealth as quickly as possible. On the other hand, private companies (especially in the discourse of Western societies) often face the accusation that their pursuit of profit comes at the expense of environmental responsibility. The realization that companies must actively address the challenges of climate change is also increasingly gaining acceptance among corporate leaders, such as Larry Fink: The CEO of the asset manager Blackrock, and thus responsible for more than 8.6 trillion dollars of investors' money, calls for a "responsible and transparent capitalism" (Letter to CEOs 2020).

A whole series of renowned non-fiction authors have addressed the constructive role of companies in the climate crisis - with encouraging results, e.g. Bill Gates, Andrew McAfee or Steven Pinker. Much hope is being placed on startups, as evidenced, for example, by Google's just-launched Startup Accelerator Program for "Climate Change."

In this context, questions such as the following are the focus of the projects in the upcoming Master's program Urban Future: What responsibility do companies bear for the necessary ecological turnaround? Can the tension between the pursuit of profit and the common good be resolved? Or does the following still apply in the 21st century: "The business of business is doing business" (Milton Friedman), so that ecological issues are the sole responsibility of the state.

From a business perspective: What are the strategic consequences of the discourse and global political action on sustainability for business operations? What risks arise from future environment-related regulation (e.g., bans on technologies such as internal combustion engines), taxation (e.g., CO2 taxation), liability rules (e.g., supply chain laws), or public discourse (e.g., reputational damage in social media)? Conversely, what opportunities arise from new markets (e.g., government-generated demand or changing consumer* awareness)?

Finally, on a very practical level: Can we develop our own ideas for the promising foundation of our own companies, which with their business model contribute to solving the global social and ecological problems of the 21st century, but also generate a good income?

The master's program Urban Futures will work closely with the FHP Entrepreneurship School & Start-Up Service on this year's topic, a project of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam to train entrepreneurial skills and support start-ups from within the university.

Living labs for the 2,000-watt society

"Our turn. What we need to change if we want to stay." The title of the latest book by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Anders Wijkman once again highlights current perspectives and action requirements for a sustainable society. [1] In 30 years, the entire energy production in Germany should be nearly CO2-neutral in order to contribute to meeting the global challenges of climate change and resource conservation. The transition to a CO2-neutral society requires not only technological innovations and a huge transformation of urban (infrastructure) systems, but above all sustainable lifestyles. This touches on all issues of living and working, mobility and consumption behavior, nutrition and food production. In Switzerland, the concept of the 2,000-watt society was developed more than 20 years ago. A maximum average energy output of max. 2,000 watts per inhabitant is defined as the target for a sustainable society. Many Swiss municipalities have now made this concept the guiding principle of their urban development. [2] Since the food sector alone, through the production, processing and distribution of food, consumes about 800 watts, more than a third of the targeted energy budget, it is clear how ambitious the formulated guiding principle is. In addition to the 2,000-watt society, we will also deal with other guiding principles of sustainable development such as "The Global Green New Deal" [3] or "Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI)" [4] as well as methods for environmental assessment. Building on these foundations, we will develop concepts for living labs (real labs) in the context of current neighborhood developments and investigate which strategies, measures and transformation processes are required to achieve these goals. A field trip to Switzerland is planned for the beginning of the second semester in April 2021 to visit model projects.

[1] Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Anders Wijkman (2017): Wir sind dran. Club of Rome: Der große Bericht. Was wir ändern müssen, wenn wir bleiben wollen. Eine neue Aufklärung für eine volle Welt.
[2] 2000-Watt-Areal,
[3] Jeremy Rifkin (2019): Der globale Green New Deal. Warum die fossil befeuerte Zivilisation um 2028 kollabiert – und ein kühner ökonomischer Plan das Leben auf der Erde retten kann.
[4] Gunter Pauli (2009/12): The Blue Economy.

Resilience and transformation of urban systems

Whether it is global warming, demographic change, digitalization processes, the future of work or the further development of technical infrastructure systems - when it comes to adapting to change and shaping transformation processes toward a sustainable society, one concept has gained importance in explaining the development dynamics of complex systems: Resilience. Resilience refers to the ability of a complex system to return to its initial state or to establish a new system state that even exhibits improved system behavior compared to the initial state, despite strong external disturbances. Understood in this way, resilience includes a system's inherent ability to learn and evolve. In recent years, resilience has become a key concept in the discourse of sustainable urban development. While resilience is sometimes referred to as the "new sustainability," there is also criticism of the concept's theoretical vagueness and lack of practical relevance.

Using concrete examples of urban and neighborhood development, we examine what the resilience concept can achieve in theory and practice. What must smart and livable neighborhoods be like in the 21st century in order to meet the demands for regenerative energy supply, sustainable mobility, local climate adaptation, social cohesion and other pressing issues? What role will digital platforms play in the planning and management of neighborhoods in the future? Can participatory planning processes, the sharing economy, new forms of communal living or community gardens make a significant contribution to neighborhood development? And how must transformation processes be designed to achieve these goals? The focus of our research is Berlin, which with the planned Urban Tech Republic at today's Tegel Airport, the New Garden Field and many other neighborhood developments is already a real laboratory of urban innovation and an arena of social debate. At the beginning of the second semester (April 2020), a field trip to the Netherlands is intended to inform us about international positions on sustainable neighborhood development and resilience.

Smart Cities cross-culturally: Europe vs. East Asia

The vision of "smart cities" is associated with hopes of finding better solutions to the pressing problems of cities by using new digital technologies. These include the urgent need to reduce resource consumption and adapt to climate change, smarter forms of mobility, but also issues of social division and demographic change.

While the discourse around smart cities and sustainability is a global one and cities worldwide face similar challenges in principle, cultural and historical factors as well as different institutional conditions influence the respective regional perspective on urban futures. Using European and East Asian cities (e. g., in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, or Japan) as an example, questions such as the following will be the focus of projects in the upcoming cohort of the master's program:

What are commonalities and differences in perceived urban future challenges and visions? How do usage habits and assessments of smart city concepts differ in different world regions? How do different attitudes, e.g. regarding privacy and data security, influence the design of digital services and digital governance? What is the general openness to new technologies, sustainability paradigms, consumer orientation, participation, etc.? How can productive and respectful global discourses on the future and development strategies be developed in the face of differing local needs, values and moral systems in different societies? What is the significance of path dependencies (e. g. the organically grown European city vs. centrally planned new smart cities in East Asia) for the design of sustainable cities?

The core of the thematic discussion will be an exchange with lecturers and students of the National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech) in Taiwan, which cooperates with the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. A 2-week excursion is planned for May or June 2019 with a visit to the Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong, Guangzhou), a workshop week at Taipei Tech together with students there and a visit to a globally operating mobility company. When applying for the Master's program, students should therefore have sufficient English language skills as well as the willingness to contribute to the costs of participating in the excursion. The University of Applied Sciences Potsdam will endeavor to finance a major part of the costs through acquired third-party funds, but an own contribution must be expected.


The vision of "smart cities" is associated with hopes of finding better solutions to the pressing problems facing cities through the use of digital technologies. These include the urgent need to reduce resource consumption and adapt to climate change, smarter forms of mobility, but also issues of social division, demographic change and political participation. However, "smart city" means very different things to many stakeholders. Some envision through-engineered metropolises where global technology corporations provide the critical digital infrastructure. Others see more the potential to enable marginalized social groups and regions to work on a smart and socially inclusive "city from below" through low-cost, open-source technologies that can be easily learned and used by individual actors. The projects in the upcoming cohort of the Master's program will operate within the tension between these different smart city visions, with the aim of developing critical and constructive perspectives on the role of digital technologies. Special attention will be paid to the currently often publicly discussed gap between urban and rural areas. This is clearly noticeable in Potsdam: half an hour's drive in one direction is the globally important metropolis of Berlin, half an hour in the other direction are small towns and villages.

We want to answer questions like the following in the master projects under the title "Stadt. Land. Digital: How different are the future opportunities and challenges in metropolitan and rural areas? Are the supposed opposites irreconcilable? What do desirable and feasible concepts for "smart cities" look like away from the lighthouse metropolises that attract worldwide attention? Can digitalization also become a lever for self-empowerment and the leveling of social differences? How can we use digital technologies to develop better urban planning tools that are adapted to different circumstances and take participation needs into account (e.g. simulation tools, data visualization, interactive maps, augmented reality)?

Smart cities and communities in the 21st century

The digitization of society is leading to sustainable changes in cities and municipalities. These changes are driven, among other things, by the requirements of sustainable management of natural resources (energy and material flows, use of space), by new technological possibilities and new business models (e.g., car sharing services, autonomous driving), by social and demographic processes (growth/shrinkage, individualization, diversity), and by new simulation, analysis, and representation methods (Big Data, system models, information visualization). These changes are part of fundamental societal transformation processes and equally affect citizens, businesses, and municipal administrations and other actors in their everyday practices. They have an impact on urban infrastructures, on forms of communication and mobility, on forms of work and living. Students and lecturers together examine what "Smart Cities and Communities in the 21st Century" look like and what perspectives and possibilities of influence the various urban actors have on these processes of change.

What is the role of municipal actors such as city administrations or municipal utilities, how do they have to change, and how can they influence or steer transformation processes? What opportunities and risks arise for metropolitan regions and rural areas as a result of these transformation processes? What research methods or digital planning and simulation options are available to anticipate possible future developments and make better decisions today for tomorrow?

Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

For the degree program MA Urban Futures enrollment is always possible from 25.05. to 15.06. for the next winter semester.
If you meet the admission requirements, you can submit an enrollment application. Please note the following information specific to your degree program:

Access requirements

For enrollment in the locally restricted Master's program Urban Futures, you need a first professional university degree with at least 180 ECTS, especially from:

  • technical and design-related subjects (including architecture and urban planning, design, urban and regional planning, civil engineering)
  • social science subjects (including sociology, psychology, social work, cultural work, politics, geography)
  • fields of study related to data and information processing (including computer science, information science, statistics and data science, computer visualistics)

Documents to be submitted

The application takes place online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
Please note the application deadline
In addition to the online application, the following documents must be submitted in paper form:

  • University degree certificate(s) including diploma supplement or current performance overview with the ECTS credit points earned to date and the grade earned to date, if the degree program has not yet been completed
  • Letter of motivation (max. two pages): The letter of motivation should provide information about the motivation and about the identification with the chosen study program and the intended profession. In particular, the motivation to study should be presented in a differentiated manner and placed in the context of the student's previous career and professional prospects.
  • Project outline - description of a possible research project - for the Master's degree program, maximum two pages in length.
    - State of the art of research or technology on the topic with indication of essential literature
    - Description of the research objective
    - A content-related proximity to the declared topic of the year is desired.
  • Curriculum vitae in table form

For submission, please use the supplementary sheet "application documents to be submitted" on the last or penultimate page of your personal checklist, which is available at the end of the online application in the MyCampus university portal. This lists all the supporting documents that you must submit in paper form based on the information you provided in the online application. In addition, the checklist contains information on the rest of the procedure.

The day of the application deadline (receipt of mail at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies for the submission of the documents.

Selection procedure

Applicants who meet the admission requirements take part in the procedure for awarding study places.

In the allocation procedure, the following will be deducted in advance from the number of study places to be allocated:

  • all applicants who were not able to accept an earlier admission due to service as well as all applicants who are members of the national squad of a national sports federation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation
  • 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification
  • 3 % for applicants who are to be considered on the basis of hardship.

The remaining study places are allocated 90 % according to the result of a university selection procedure and 10% according to waiting time.

The result of the university selection procedure is determined on the basis of the following criteria (weighting in brackets):

  • Grade of the professionally qualifying university degree (40 %).
  • Project outline for the Master's program (30 %)
  • Letter of motivation (30 %)


Following the university selection procedure, the allocation procedure is carried out. Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking will receive a time-limited offer of admission in the MyCampus university portal, which you must actively accept. After accepting the offer of admission, you will find your notification of admission in the MyCampus university portal. If you do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline, the ranking list will continue to be processed and the study place will be reallocated.


The enrollment application is submitted online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and must then be submitted in paper form together with the supporting documents listed in the application. Here you can find more information on enrollment. The day of the enrollment deadline (receipt of mail at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies to the submission of the documents.

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

More information about the application

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International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.

International applicants



The Master Urban Futures is not a study program where the classical qualifications for urban and regional planning are taught. The focus is on inter- and transdisciplinary project work, but not on urban planning or urban design as is usually the case in planning degree programs. We deal with the manifold questions of sustainable urban development in an interdisciplinary way. Here you can find an article that describes the intentions, methods and teaching formats of the degree program in more detail.

The composition of the master's degree is interdisciplinary: About half of the 20 places in each year are allocated to students with a background in planning and design, natural sciences and technology, and the other half to students with a background in cultural and social sciences. In concrete terms, these are mainly geographers, urban and regional planners, architects, cultural and social scientists, political scientists, designers, media and communication scientists, psychologists, economists, but also cultural work, social work, information and library sciences, art history, choreography are represented disciplines – if there is a strong interest in the city and interdisciplinary work.

In the Master's program, a distinction is made between compulsory and elective courses. The study program is designed in such a way that the compulsory courses take place on Tuesdays through Thursdays. On Mondays and Fridays, as well as in the peripheral periods, there is the possibility to take elective courses, to prepare for and follow up on courses, for self-study, as well as for part-time work. Further information on the study structure, the study and examination regulations and the module regulations can be found here.

The master's program offers plenty of room for deepening individual study interests within the framework of electives. In addition to the elective courses offered at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (practically from all degree programs), you can also attend courses at other universities and receive credit. Furthermore, MOOCs or "special forms" (such as summer schools, etc.) are possible course variants.

Apart from a completed Bachelor's degree with 180 ECTS (or more), there are no further formal admission restrictions for the program. The admission restriction results automatically from the fact that more applicants apply for the master's degree than there are places available (20).

The master's program is only offered in the winter semester. The application period is 2022 through June 15.
Further information on the application

Since the introduction of the Master's program in the winter semester of 2016, we have seen a steady increase in demand. In each of the last two years, we have had between 90 and just under 120 applicants for every 20 study places. Since the selection for the admission process is based on the BA grade and the letter of application, no clear NC can be determined for admission. We recommend that you apply regardless of your grade point average if you are interested. Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

The project outline should be formulated with regard to the year's topic. We want to know from you what you are interested in and what could be a particularly interesting topic for you. This can (but does not have to) refer to your own preliminary work or to existing studies.

You can find the theme of the year here.

Individual part-time study is also possible. You can find more information and requirements here.

More questions?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to send us a personal request via the e-mail address We will answer you as soon as possible.


Student Counselling Service

Student Advisory Service

Student Counselling Service for the MA Urban Futures

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula

Forschungsprofessor für ressourcenoptimiertes und klimaangepasstes Bauen
Studiengangsleiter Urbane Zukunft (M. A.)

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