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In the context of the high demand for sustainable development of urban and rural areas, issues of land policy, land tenure, land administration and land management are of crucial importance for most regions and countries in the world. These issues have a determining meaning for their further social, economic and ecological development. Use of and access to land are going to become high priorities and cause also a rising potential of conflict due to climatic and demographic changes.

Today, topics such as secure land rights and tenure, good governance, poverty reduction, social justice, sustainable economic growth, protection of natural living conditions as well as functioning land markets and planning systems – and many others - are accepted worldwide as basic requirements for sustainable development and important contributions to fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals and Implementing the Plan of the United Nations summit in Johannesburg in 2002.

The implementation of maladjusted land use and tenure systems, as well as the realization of unequal structures of development, calls for new strategies. For example methods based on professional SWOT analyses and endogenous development goals.

Examples of negative tendencies in developing countries are:

  • Lack of integral spatial planning
  • Uncontrollable city development
  • Neglecting of the problems of rural areas and respective programme deficits
  • Poor ecological planning
  • Lack of legal certainty
  • Half-hearted processes of agricultural reforms
  • Lack of decentralisation and participation of civil society
  • Deficits in governance
  • High risks and defencelessness while facing rising natural hazards

These tendencies have a considerable impact on the future development of many countries and regions. To face this challenge, new theories and strategies of land and environmental risk management are needed, keeping in mind regional and national differences in culture, politics and law.

Land Management and Land Tenure at TUM
The 18-month intensive postgraduate course is offered to international students with professional experience in the field of land management. The Master’s Programme aims to qualify students in interdisciplinary approaches to land management and land administration in an international context. The entire programme is held in English.

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Course Outline
The Master’s Programme "Land Management and Land Tenure" is a three semester programme, beginning in the winter-semester in mid-October and ending 18 months later. Before the beginning of the Programme itself, students supported by the DAAD are invited to take part in an eight-week preparation stage which is set up to help student’s familiarising themselves with the German university system and life in Germany. Students will also have the opportunity to learn some basic German.

Structure of the Units
Classes and practical work (internship and completion of the thesis) are structured into units. Classes and their respective credit points are distributed over the first two semesters. They are grouped into thematic units of one to three weeks length. These interdisciplinary units are composed of lectures, seminars, practical work and excursions. The third semester is devoted entirely to the thesis research.

List of courses:

  • Land Conflicts
  • Conflicts Management
  • Environmental Risk Management
  • Project Planning and Impact Monitoring
  • Visualization of Geodata, Cartography, GIS and GPS
  • Land Rights and Land Tenure Systems
  • Land Policy
  • Land Economics
  • Land Administration
  • Land Management
  • Rural and Urban Development
  • Global Framework for Land Management and Land Tenure
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Research Skills
  • Study Skills

Admission requirements

  • A qualified Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • At least two years of work experience in a field related to land management
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language (TOEFL/IELTS required)

Tuition fees
Tuition fees for the 18-month academic programme are (Euro) € 4.000. Cost of living Students should allow in the order of (Euro) €800 to 1.000 per month in order to cover the costs of living (room and board, local transport, books and supplies, health insurance, etc.) in Munich.

TUM offers a limited number of All-inclusive Package for international Students. These include - among other things - accommodation in a students residence and various cultural programmes for a price of around (Euro) € 2.100 per semester. Interested parties should apply to the Programme Coordinator as early as possible.

Financial support
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides some of the students with scholarships every year. For further information please visit our homepage.

Deadline for Application
Deadline for the academic year starting each year in October: May 31st of the same year.
Deadline for DAAD-Scholarship: October 15th of the previous year.

Application forms and further information are available at:

Contact us

Univ.-Prof. Dr.Ir. Walter De Vries
Chair of Land Management
Programme Director

Dr. Arch. Pamela Durán Díaz
Chair of Land Management
Programme Coordinator

Technische Universität München
Institute for Geodesy, GIS and Land Management
Chair of Land Management
Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 München, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 289 25790
Fax: +49 (0) 89 289 23933

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