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Master of Science in Land Management and Land Tenure

Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 Munich, Germany

+49 8928 92579

+49 8928 923933

Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
18 months (3 semesters)

Date of commencement
Every year in October

Class size
13 to 18

Cost / fees
EUR 4,000 for entire programme

Student grants / Financial assistance
DAAD scholarships for the participants from developing countries

Admission requirements
• Bachelor’s degree with relevance to the field of Land Management
• At least 2 years of work experience in a field related to Land Management
• English Requirements for non-native speakers:
   - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet based Test (IbT) 88, Computer based Test (CbT) 234, Paper based Test (PbT) 605
   - IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
   - Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grades A, B or C, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grades A, B or C
   - Native English speakers or applicants who have completed a BSc or MSc program in English should submit a certificate of medium of education (English) from the respective institution, instead of the results of an English proficiency test.

Programme Director
Prof. Dr. Ir. Walter de Vries

Contact details for application
Dr. Pamela Durán Díaz
Coordinator, Master’s Programme Land Management and Land Tenure

Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM)

Master's Program in Land Management and Land Tenure

The Master’s Programme aims to qualify students in interdisciplinary approaches to land management and land administration in an international context. One aim is to place the role of land rights and land management in the broader context of good governance and sustainable development. Another objective is to provide students with a profound knowledge of the many aspects of land issues in the rural as well as in the urban context.

All courses combine theory and practice. Students are trained in the application of practical methods and tools. Case studies, field trips and lectures given by experts with practical international experience help also their further professional development.

The Master of Science in Land Management and Land Tenure is structured in three semesters, but actually includes the workload of a four-semester programme. Thus the programme is quite intensive for students as well as for lecturers. In first and second semester, the students take classes at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen.

First two semesters cover topics such as land policy, land tenure systems, rural and urban development, land and water management, land administration, cadastre, spatial and land use planning, photogrammetry, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), environmental risk management and land conflict management in order to contribute to sustainable development in their home countries and abroad. The third semester is dedicated to the Master’s Thesis. The Master’s Programme includes also an internship in Germany or abroad and a research project which may be carried out in the respective countries of the students or abroad. The entire programme is held in English.

After successful completion of the program, the graduates will be qualified for professional work and scientific research in the broader field of land management. This academic degree will enable students to enter PhD programs at TUM or other universities in Germany and abroad.

The graduates will be able to work in the field of land management with local and national governments, local and national land administration, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, professional education and research institutions, and will be in a position to manage, administer, organize, moderate, facilitate, develop technical solutions and provide scientific analysis in the context of land management processes. Therefore, graduates are trained to become “change agents” in their respective positions and the broader field of land management.

The graduates will also acquire the knowledge and skills for understanding the highly complex interrelationships among the different components of land management and acting in accordance with their own core competences in line with their first degrees and work experience, and in collaboration with other professionals in multidisciplinary environments.

About Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM)

Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) founded in 1868 is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.

The university today includes 13 faculties. The main campus of TUM is located in the inner city of Munich close to the old city centre while there are many institutes in the beautiful surroundings of Munich. TUM annually hosts more than 37,000 students who are mentored by approx. 500 professors.