Land is a very valuable and scarce resource. People need land to grow food, to build cities, for investments as well as for housing. Therefore, access to land, rights over land, the management and administration of land as well as the settling of land conflicts are very important for human kind. Many international conventions and declarations underline the importance of land rights and land management to achieve sustainable rural and urban development.  The Master’s Program ”Land Management and Land Tenure“ provides the necessary theoretical and practical background for future experts in this field. Courses include topics such as land policy, land tenure systems, rural and urban development, land management, land administration, cadastre, land use planning, photogrammetry, remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and land conflict management. In addition, courses on project management, presentation, mediation, intercultural communication etc. are offered. Mid-career students from all over the world are taking part in the program.

Course Outline

The Master’s Program aims to qualify students in interdisciplinary approaches to land management and land tenure in an international context. One aim is to place the role of land tenure and land management in the broader context of good governance and sustainable development. Another objective is to provide students with a profound knowledge of the many aspects of land tenure and land management in the rural as well as in the urban context. All courses combine theory and practice. Students are trained in the application of practical methods and tools. Case studies, field trips and lectures given by experts with practical international experience complete the formation. 

The lecture units focus on:  

  • the political, social and economic dimension of land tenure and land management (land policy, land tenure systems and access to natural resources in industrialised countries, developing countries and countries in transition), 
  • the various fields of application, such as land administration, land readjustment and land conflict resolution, 
  • methods and tools for sustainable land management which include among others participatory planning approaches, cartography, GIS, remote sensing, as well as training in moderation, mediation and presentation. 

Master’s theses focussing on practical issues in the students’ home countries are most welcome.

The Master’s Program lasts three semesters; two semesters of classes at Technische Universität München and one semester consisting of field work and the preparation of a Master’s thesis.