Programme | About TCR


Transforming City Regions (TCR) is a European Master programme that integrates many disciplines in order to educate professionals being able to respond to the challenges of the evolving European territories of different scales with the respect to the environment, using the technical excellence and solution-oriented approach, understanding the economic efficiency and respecting the social needs.

The TCR programme is one of the few programmes designed anew at the RWTH Aachen University in order to respond to the European territorial challenges with the particular focus on project-and-design-oriented education which will equip graduates with not only recent and solid knowledge but also with the tools and methodologies that will help to face the problems of changing European cities and regions. Engineering and design-oriented profile of the graduates, despite clear interdisciplinary orientation, is deeply rooted in the tradition of the Faculty of Architecture RWTH Aachen University and gives also a strong identity to the programme.

General teaching philosophy

The TCR programme is solution-oriented and this is why the cooperation with European institutions, organisations, cities/regions and businesses is crucial for the practical and decision-making skills of the graduates.

The core of the Master's program is formed by three major integrated project works. The increasingly complexity of the territories and issues with different structural and content-related priorities and the link with the foundations of other disciplines are supposed to lead to integrative thinking and conceptual thinking. These projects are characterised by a broad range of methodological, procedural, morphological, landscape-architectural, environmental, legal, and economics aspects.

First three semesters are generally structured in the way that half of the ECTS credit points will be available through the integrated project dealing with the complex urban problem which will differ from a smaller to a greater scale. The remaining half of the ECTS credit points will be available through the core courses, elective modules, research module, field trip/impromptu courses and transit course.

The European dimension of the courses is ensured in three different ways:

  • through Europeanisation of the teaching staff,
  • through the cooperation with the European institutions, organisations and companies, and
  • through ensuring the European study cases for the integrated projects.

Thanks to interdisciplinary approach and European perspective the graduates will be prepared to work for:

  • private sector (development agencies, investment banks, technical infrastructure companies, territorial analyses, urban planning offices, companies dealing with structural funds etc.),
  • advise public authorities and institutions, including local, regional, national, European and global level, as well as
  • cooperate with the civil society organisations and NGOses in different cultural contexts and within wide spectrum of urban issues.

The European perspective will be for the graduates a big advantage on the job market, no matter which European country is considered, and also no matter what kind of business, institution or organisation they would like to work for.