Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD)

Master of Science 

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 degree program offered by the University of Stuttgart in cooperation with Ain Shams University in Cairo. The Master’s degree program enables professional specialization in the field of international urban planning - an area of specialization that is becoming increasingly relevant due to the growing challenges posed by rapid urbanization processes and social and ecological upheavals worldwide.

IUSD aims to train a new generation of experts and decision-makers to develop holistic solutions to the ecological, cultural, and social problems of urban development.

Our students are trained to become all-rounders who know how to combine ideas from the engineering sciences with architectural, ecological, and socio-economic approaches: in terms of both sustainable design and the responsible use of the man-made environment.

The Master’s program IUSD

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Our students come from many different professional and cultural backgrounds. They learn to work on complex, practice-based case studies in interdisciplinary teams.

A first (undergraduate) degree is a prerequisite for the application. Professional experience in architecture and urban development is desirable. Young graduates and specialists from the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and regional planning can apply for the study program. Graduates of other bachelor’s degree programs and other interested persons can also apply, provided they have appropriate professional experience.

Prospective students should be interested in intercultural cooperation and in the development of holistic, interdisciplinary, collaborative, and innovative approaches to sustainable urban development.

As its name suggests, the uniqueness of the program lies in the shift of the learning focus from individual subjects, such as energy efficiency or ecology, to an integrated approach with a focus on sustainable design.

IUSD graduates work in the broad field of international urban planning - in development cooperation, for non-governmental organizations, in municipalities, at universities, and in private architecture and urban planning firms.

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.

Studying abroad: what opportunities does my study program offer?

IUSD is also offered as a double Master’s program in cooperation with Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. There are also numerous opportunities for studies abroad at various partner universities worldwide in the second year of study.

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?

In the course of the study program, the teaching methods will change from the teaching of concepts and methods to the practical application of the acquired knowledge in the local context.

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.


The quality of this degree program has been certified.


Rainer Goutrié


Course Coordinator

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