Regional Research and Regional Planning (Master)

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Graduates of the master’s programme in Regional Research and Regional Planning have comprehensive knowledge of the content, organisation and practice of regional planning in Austria and Europe. They are familiar with the instruments of regional planning and their implications, and have empirical and theoretical knowledge of societal and socio-spatial development trends (including gender-critical societal analysis). Furthermore, they are able to confidently apply quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical regional research (including cartography).

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 857

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of modules on the following subjects: Advanced methods of regional research; concepts, tools and legal basics of regional planning; processes of spatial development and opportunities for socio-political control; theoretical and applied regional research and regional planning; elective modules (students can select elective modules from certain neighbouring disciplines, the master’s programmes in the areas of geography, or cartography and geoinformation, or other disciplines, subject to approval); field trip. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Control mechanisms
  • Development trends
  • Regional research
  • Human geography
  • Acquisition of geodata

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates of the master’s programme can work in urban planning, regional planning and regional planning for provinces, statistical offices, as well as sectoral planning for the federal state (transport, economy, agriculture, education), and are qualified to carry out planning activities for civil engineers, as well as location analysis and location planning in the private sector. In addition, they are qualified to work in applied geoinformatics, urban and regional marketing and management, regional development, the real estate industry and in media. Graduates of the master’s programme in Regional Research and Regional Planning carry out management tasks in tourism, utility and disposal services and local public transportation, or work in public administration or political consulting.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.0 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.1 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 19 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Regional Research and Regional Planning graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 91% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,757 gross/month.
  • 16% of graduates work in the public administration sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA Geography".