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 12 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.
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.
Career goals might be:
Infrastructure planner in the private sector/consultant, 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.
Modules offered in the Master’s Program MIP include:
Case Study, Statistics and GIS, Integrated Planning, Economics, Social Aspects of Planning, Project Management, Development Policy and Planning, Urban and Regional Planning, Ecological Aspects of Infrastructure Planning, Energy and Water Supply, Transportation, Waste Water and Solid Waste Management, Project Appraisal, Planning and Financing, Tendering and Contracting.
All students have to complete the nine mandatory modules, but the selection of the four elective modules allows for 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.
- 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.
- Local admission restriction
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.
- Admission regulations [de] (available only in German)
Very good knowledge of English, non-nativespeakers need a language certificate.
Deadline: February 15th for the beginning of the course in the winter semester of the same year.
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 projects.
Career goals might be: infrastructure planner working in the private sector as a consultant, civil servant dealing with various aspects of infrastructure planning or with regional and/or national infrastructure development. Graduates will be capable of directing and co-ordinating 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.
How is the program structured?
Modules offered include:
- Statistics and Information Processing
- Social Aspects of Planning
- Project Management
- Development Policy and Planning
- Urban Planning, Regional Planning
- Ecological Aspects of Infrastructure Planning
- Energy Supply
- Water and Waste Management
- Project Appraisal
- Planning and Financing
- Integrated Case Study
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] (please click as follows: choose the degree - click on the book behind the study program's name).