MIP batch 2019-2021 during an excursion

Infrastructure Planning (MIP)

Master of Science 

Start of studies: winter semester
Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: English
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A well-planned system of infrastructure facilities is the primary prerequisite for development. On the international level, there is a pressing need for professionals capable of directing the conception, planning and construction of necessary infrastructure facilities for transport, water and waste management at the urban as well as the regional level of integrating economic, social, ecological and management requirements. With the Master’s Program Infrastructure Planning (MIP), the University of Stuttgart has been offering this practice-oriented and internationally acclaimed Master’s program since 1983.

Faculty members of twelve different institutes and experienced practitioners offer their knowledge to a limited number of 35–40 students per course. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to planning, which is essential for modern infrastructure planning and international cooperation.

The Master’s program MIP

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The target group of MIP consists of civil engineers, architects and town planners who wish to gain insight into infrastructure planning in a broad, integrated context and who want to prepare themselves for working in international and complex planning.

Required is a bachelor's degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Urban or Regional Planning, or related fields. Professional experience in one of this fields is appreciated. Excellent English is required. Students should be interested in an interdisciplinary approach to spatial planning and should be willing to acquire intercultural experiences.

The Master’s Program Infrastructure Planning focuses on an integrated approach to planning. Civil engineers, architects and urban planners as well as graduates from related fields of study who wish to gain insight into infrastructure planning in a broad, integrated context and who want to prepare for international and complex planning tasks.

Students can specialize their MIP studies by choosing an individual combination of electives as well as choosing a topic for the Master’s thesis, which suits their personal career plans.

Career goals might be:

  • Infrastructure planner in the private sector,
  • consultant or civil servant dealing with various aspects of infrastructure planning on the regional/national level or
  • decision maker in policy and planning.

Graduates will be capable of directing and coordinating the work of international and interdisciplinary teams of specialists from a wide variety of infrastructure-related fields.

Studying abroad: what opportunities does my study program offer?

For our participants, the MIP program is already a study program abroad, as most of our students have an international background and come from a wide variety of countries to Stuttgart for their studies. Usually, a class comprises of students from more than 15 nationalities.
Students, who want to do their Master’s Thesis abroad, are encouraged to do so. Many of our student want to do their Master’s Thesis in their home country or region, in order to foster their professional re-integration after the Master’s Program MIP has finished.
MIP supports those students, but it is also possible to do the thesis in Stuttgart or Germany. 

Studying abroad: what opportunities does the University of Stuttgart has to offer?

Are you interested in going on exchange for a semester or two? Or would you rather do some research or attend a language course? Have you ever thought of joining a Summer School or planned an internship abroad? Whatever you have in mind for your exchange, the International Office will help you make your stay abroad an unforgettable experience. The first step will be to sign up online for our information sessions at the International Office that are offered on a regular basis. We look forward to your registration!

Application and admission: how do I get a place at the University?

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in civil engineering, architecture, urban- or regional  planning, geodesy, environmental engineering or related fields
  • An excellent academic record
  • Proof of English language proficiency in form of internationally recognized test scores (TOEFL or IELTS). This proof is obligatory for every applicant except for English native speakers.
  • Restricted admission (limited number of places)

The complete information on the admission process, required knowledge of English, and the criteria for the assessment of professional suitability can be found in the admission regulations.

Language Requirements

Very good knowledge of English, non-nativespeakers need a language certificate.

Application period for the winter semester: August 1 – February 15

The winter semester starts in October.

How is the program structured?

Modules offered in MIP include:

  • General Aspects of Infrastructure Planning
  • Statistics and GIS
  • Environmental Aspects
  • Regional and Urban Planning
  • Transport Planning and Modelling
  • Water and Power Supply
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Integrated Case Study

All students have to complete the nine mandatory modules, but the selection of the four elective modules (out of a catalogue of more than 10) allows for individual specialization. Also, students are free to choose the Master’s thesis topic from the whole catalogue of fields tought in MIP to specialize in a topic relevant to their individual career plans. They can work on a topic from their home country, from the international context, or they can choose a project in Germany.

MIP does not include compulsary internships.  

The Module Guide describes the modules and the required courses belonging to the module. The Module Guide (also called module handbook) is published in the Campus Management System C@MPUS [de].

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Elke Schneider


Course Director

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Markus Friedrich

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Head of Chair for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering

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