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Interested in our research? Write your thesis with us!

BSc and MSc Dissertations

Researchers at the Spatial Modelling Lab look forward to working with motivated students. Dissertations are a great way to make this happen. We supervise a wide range of topics! Below you will find a list of indicative subject areas and possible supervisors, including contact details. Feel free to contact us if you feel that your interests overlap with ours.

Subject areas

  • Spatial statistics and analysis (Westerholt)
  • Geographical Information Systems (Westerholt)
  • Digitalisation and planning (Westerholt)
  • Social media analytics (Westerholt)
  • Quantitative geography (Westerholt)
  • Sense of place (Westerholt, Slivinskaya, Cobs-Muñoz)
  • Urban morphology (Slivinskaya)
  • Housing estate typologies (Slivinskaya)
  • Built form (Slivinskaya)
  • Environmental justice (Cobs-Muñoz)
  • Social-ecological systems (Cobs-Muñoz)
  • Sacrifice zones (Cobs-Muñoz)
  • Health geography (Cobs-Muñoz)
  • (This list is indicative but not exhaustive. Please also take a look at our recent publications and the profiles of individual staff members to identify further possible subject areas.)

Hints for contacting us

Should you be interested in our subject areas, but have not yet decided on a specific topic, we will be happy to advise you. In this case, please feel free to contact the potential supervisor you think is most suitable.

If you already have concrete ideas, please contact us with the following documents/information:

  • a working title,
  • a short proposal of no more than 3 pages in length (may be bullet points),
  • as part of the proposal: introduction/motivation including an initial literature review, research question(s), planned methods, proposed timeline, bibliography.

You do not have to present a fully developed proposal at this stage (we will develop this together with you), but the information listed above will greatly facilitate mutual understanding.

Potential supervisors


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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