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Master of Science 

Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD)

Start of studies: Winter semester (special deadlines for application)
Standard Period of Study: 4 semesters
Teaching Language: English

Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design is a master's study program hosted by the University of Stuttgart and Ain Shams University in Cairo. It trains and prepares a new generation of urban practitioners to face the tremendous environmental, cultural, socio-economic and governance challenges resulting from the dynamic urban transformations around the globe.

The study program is open to graduates and young professionals from the fields of Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Regional Planning as well as to graduates with other bachelor's degrees or with relevant professional experience. Our philosophy is based on transnational learning exchange between students with different regional backgrounds applied to a specific urban reality. Our joint IUSD Lab´s experiential learning hubs are based in Egypt (IUSD Lab Cairo) and Germany (IUSD Lab Stuttgart). They are embedded into a network of international partner institutions and universities around the world.

The Master’s program IUSD

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The teaching philosophy of the program seeks to provide students with support and guidance in expanding their individual expertise in the field of "Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design"; while at the same time learning to work on complex, practice-based case studies in interdisciplinary teams. Our students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and are expected to already have a degree and work experience.

Awarding a professional degree in architecture/ urban planning or engineering is not the main purpose of this study program. It rather aims to equip the students with the necessary practical and conceptual skills to develop holistic, interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative approaches to sustainable urbanism and design – and to apply this knowledge to practical tasks in order to solve complex problems in a collaborative way.

To promote critical thinking and the ability to bring several people "to the table", students are trained to become generalists who are able to link engineering considerations with architectural, environmental, and socio-economic approaches to sustainable shaping and the management of man-made environments. Through this, they learn to navigate the complexities of the field and to explore their interrelationships and mutual dependencies. As the program progresses, the teaching methods shift from a more theoretical approach to the study of concepts and tools to practical application of the acquired knowledge and tools to the design tasks.

Program graduates will be equipped to work in international organizations, in national and local governments and urban agencies, non-profit agencies, non-governmental organizations and planning/design companies. They will also be prepared for academic careers and be well positioned for PhDs and international research projects.

IUSD is a consecutive program and can be studied in direct subsequence to the Bachelor of Science study programs of University of Stuttgart. This includes architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, sociology, environmental protection technology, etc.

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

Admission Requirements

Details on the admission requirements are published on the study program's website. 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-Native speakers need a language certificate.

Admission regulation [de]  – February 21, 2020

Application period for the winter semester: June 1 – October 15

Application for the winter semester of the next year. Please apply for this study program one year in advance.

How is the program structured?

Program structure Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) M.Sc.. .
Program structure Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) M.Sc..

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 (please click as follows: choose the degree - click on the book behind the study program's name).


The quality of this degree program has been certified.



Rainer Goutrié

Course Coordinator

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