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Regional Management (Master's)

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.


Academic qualification

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

Admission restrictions


Master’s degree in Regional Management in Triesdorf

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.

Eine Gruppe Studierender des Masters Regionalmanagement läuft durch ein Dorf.


Course content of the Master’s degree in Regional Management

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.

Ein ländliches Dorf aus der Vogelperspektive


How the Regional Management degree in Triesdorf is structured

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.

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  • 1st semester

    Obligatory modules

    1. Management regionaler Prozesse mit Moderationsseminar
    2. Räumliche Planung und Entwicklung
    3. Businessmanagement
    4. Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Mediendesign
    5. Regionalforschung und geografische Informationssysteme

    Required elective modules

    1. Landnutzung- und Ressourcenmanagement
    2. Verbraucherschutz und -beratung
    3. Nachhaltig Wirtschaften
    4. Regionalberatung und Konfliktmanagement
    5. Angewandtes Webdesign
  • 2nd semester

    Obligatory modules

    1. Regionale Wirtschafts- und Entwicklungsförderung, Existenzgründerseminar
    2. Regionale Entwicklungskonzepte
    3. Strategien und Instrumente der Europäischen Regionalpolitik
    4. Marketing und Management regionaler Wertschöpfungsketten

    Required elective modules

    1. Destinationsmanagement
    2. Regionale Steuerung & Finanzierung
    3. Management und Ökonomik ländlicher Dienstleistungsangebote
    4. English for Sustainable Regional Development
    5. Best Practices in der ländlichen Regionalentwicklung
  • 3rd semester

    Obligatory modules

    1. Internship in a company (4 weeks)
    2. Master's thesis

    Required elective modules

    1. Monitoring, Evaluation und Projektbeurteilung
    2. Nachhaltig Wirtschaften
    3. Nachhaltige Energiewirtschaft, lokale Energieversorgungssysteme
    4. Angewandtes Webdesign
    5. Führungskompetenz und Personalmanagement
  • Module handbooks

    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.

    Regional Management degree programme modules

    1. Modulhandbuch für Prüfungsordnung WS 2019/20

    Triesdorf Language Centre modules

    1. Modulhandbuch Sprachenzentrum

    Obligatory elective modules for all degree programmes in Triesdorf

    1. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule
    2. Modulhandbuch Wahlpflichtmodule Master

Prof. Dr Manfred Geißendörfer presents the master's in Regional Management (in German)


Possible career paths with a Master’s degree in Regional Management

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:

  • Leadership roles and involvement in regional initiatives or with state/public authorities (e.g. regional management, metropolitan regions, eco-model regions)
  • Project management in regional development (e.g. through the LEADER programme)
  • Establishing and managing community-wide collaborations and development organisations (e.g. inter-municipal cooperatives, integrated rural development).
  • Creation of regional development concepts & support for roll-out
  • Shaping of regional marketing & business development initiatives (e.g. location marketing)
  • Process organisation & cooperation with various private & public stakeholders
Philipp Kahl, Graduate of the Master’s degree programme in Regional Management in Triesdorf

"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

Barbara Wunder works in regional management in the District of Donau-Ries

"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

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Admission requirements for the Regional Management degree programme in Triesdorf

  • At least 210 ECTS are generally required for admission onto the master’s programme, including a practical semester worth 30 ECTS. In exceptional cases, the course can be started with 180 ECTS and the missing credits then made up.

  • Accordingly, anyone who has completed a university degree in one of the following subjects with a minimum mark of 'good' can be admitted to the master's degree programme: Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture or Forest Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning, Spatial Planning, Geosciences, Economic Geography, Economic and Social Sciences, Environmental or Nutritional Sciences

  • Before starting the master’s degree, proof of at least 20 weeks of practical training in the form of internships (including practical study semesters) or professional experience must also be provided. Practical training completed during and after the undergraduate course, as well as activities undertaken prior to starting the undergraduate course as part of vocational training, can also be counted. 'Part-time student jobs' are not recognised as practical training.

  • The classes are predominantly held in German. International students, whose native language is not German, must therefore prove a knowledge of German at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or higher.

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.

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Eine Lerngruppe aus Studierenden des Masters Regionalmanagement sitzt auf einer Wiese.

Any missing credit points can be made up as follows:

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  • Missing credit points from a theoretical course

    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:

    • modules on a related subject offered by HSWT (bachelor’s and master’s courses) or other universities
    • modules on a related subject offered by Bavarian Virtual University (VHB).
  • Missing practical credit points

    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 Management' newsletter – sign up and stay informed!

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"

Regional Management in Triesdorf – What to expect from a Master’s degree

  • You acquire a high level of subject expertise and excellent social skills.
  • You are qualified for a wide range of regional management positions.
  • • Active project work with a heavy focus on practical relevance makes you stand out in the employment market.


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Stefan Gagstetter, degree programme assistant, T +49 9826 654-307

Prof. Dr Jennifer Gerend, degree programme coordinator, T +49 9826 654-206 | jennifer.gerend [at]




Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Landwirtschaft, Lebensmittel und Ernährung
Markgrafenstraße 16
91746 Weidenbach

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