Politics and public administration, environment and agriculture, industry and trade, tourism, education and cultural institutions – regional management brings all these stakeholders together to plan how a region can move forward.
Master of Science
Duration of studies
3 semesters (90 ECTS)
Language of instruction
German (proof of proficiency is required)
Programme start date
Usually winter semester
From regional development to regional strategic concepts and economic development, to moderation, public relations and regional consulting – our students learn the entire spectrum of skills involved in sustainable regional management. This is in line with a diverse and increasingly integrated 'Europe of regions', in which the regions within the EU Member States are promoted and supported in their regional independence. From rural areas to towns and metropolitan regions, the focus at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is on designing a climate-friendly and integrative development approach based on a region’s individual potential.
Regional management is extremely diverse: it aims to develop dynamism in regions and better utilise potential, as well as designing sustainable living areas and making both town and country more attractive.
During the Master’s degree in Regional Management you acquire a high level of subject expertise and excellent social skills. This will enable you to assume the regional-level management roles that are commonly found in companies, public institutions and associations. You will be committed to the development of a region, examine its strengths and challenges, learn to involve key stakeholders, plan projects, acquire financial resources and support regional development processes.
The Regional Management course is interdisciplinary with a focus on practical experience. This is achieved by drawing on the expertise of our professors, involving external experts with real-life experience as part-time lecturers and carrying out case studies, project studies and subject-specific excursions. European and international contexts are also taught, e.g. by cooperating with other Master’s degree programmes and offering courses in English. Project studies and the promotion of social skills are given a high level of importance.
The Regional Management master's degree is spread over three semesters. Two semesters focus primarily on teaching cross-sector skills and expertise to enable graduates to take on regional development positions. The third semester is reserved for the master's thesis and specialist courses with a particular focus on the labour market.
Between the semesters or during the third semester at the latest, an industrial placement lasting at least four weeks provides an introduction to the real world of work and everyday professional life.
Each semester comprises studies worth 30 European Credit Points (EC), two thirds of which are allotted to compulsory modules. The rest can be chosen from an extensive range of modules (elective modules) to ensure individual specialisation.
The obligatory modules are mainly held from Wednesday to Friday, sometimes also on a Saturday. As such, people who work part-time are also able to complete the master's degree programme.
Please note that the module handbooks are updated at the beginning of each semester. The applicable module handbooks for any given semester are the handbooks published at the beginning of that semester.
After completing your Master’s degree, you are able to handle conflicts relating to current challenges, such as land consumption and usage, participation, internal development, regional value creation and digitalisation, and moderate different interest groups.
This creates a wide range of possible roles:
"Having completed my Bachelor’s degree in a big city, I was attracted not just by the high quality of the courses on offer, but also by the rural charm of Triesdorf. The University is right in the middle of the countryside, but all the facilities are easily accessible."
Philipp Kahl, Graduate of the Master’s degree programme in Regional Management
"The requirements of regional management are extremely diverse. There’s the communicative side, and then there’s a very creative side to it as well. On top of that, regional management also requires innovation, to develop new ideas and projects for rural areas."
Barbara Wunder, Conversion Manager in the District of Donau-Ries
Do you have any questions about your application to Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences? You can find more information on our student application page.
Missing credit points from a theoretical course can be made up alongside your studies and in addition to the regular semester classes as elective modules from the following range of options:
Practical training (internship, professional experience) can be used to make up missing practical credit points if ECTS have not already been credited for that practical training. Every four weeks of full-time work corresponds to 5 ECTS. A practical examination must also be completed. The recognised practical training must not exceed 30 ECTS out of 210 ECTS in total.
Regional development strategies are a key focus of the master's degree programme in Regional Management. Some impressions from the discussions are presented in the "Regional Management" newsletter. The annual newsletter provides information on rural regional development issues and reports on current projects.
Newsletter 2022: "Netzwerke und Netzwerkarbeit"
Do you have questions which have not been answered here?
Stefan Gagstetter, degree programme assistant, T +49 9826 654-307
Fakultät Landwirtschaft, Lebensmittel und Ernährung
T +49 9826 654-131
F +49 9826 654-4131