View from HafenCity University building

Public Universities HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU)

The most modern of Hamburg's universities, HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) specialises in the 'Built Environment and Metropolitan Development'.

HafenCity University

Founded in 2006, HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) is a unique university in Europe: It is the only university solely focused on architecture and metropolitan development. Its university building is located in one of the newest districts in the city,  the HafenCity Hamburg. With its impressive architecture and design, the university and surrounding areas are a unique environment to explore and experience first hand the issues with which the university is concerned.

Degree programmes

Bachelor and master degree programmes in architecture, civil engineering, geomatics, urban planning form the basis of the studies at HCU Hamburg, with the focus of the programmes exploring growing problems that arise from the urban environment. New study programmes like the bachelor degree programme “metropolitan culture” or the master degree programmes “urban design” and “resource efficiency in architecture and planning” (REAP) round up the range of studies.

Tuition fees and entry

The HCU Hamburg does not currently charge any tuition fees. Additionally, there are a number of scholarships available to national and international students in order to help with financing other costs of studying. HCU Hamburg already offers two master programmes in English, with more to come.


HCU Hamburg's research (German only) focuses on built and urban transformations. Perspectives from natural sciences, engineering, planning, design as well as cultural and sociological approaches shape the exploration of the built environment at HCU Hamburg. Interdisciplinary research at HCU Hamburg is organised in teams of scientists, for example the CityScienceLab: a cooperation with the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other research groups at HCU Hamburg examine urban and regional strategies to adapt to climate change. By analysing the built environment through a large number of projects, HCU Hamburg’s research initiates dialogues about the future of urban development between science, politics, civil society and business.

For further information see the official website.