Advanced Urbanism (M.Sc.) bis 2017/18

Aus organisatorischen Gründen kann das Studienprogramm Advanced Urbanism nach derzeitigem Kenntnisstand zum  Wintersemester 2018/19 voraussichtlich nicht angeboten werden. Es wird erst wieder zum Wintersemester 2019/20 als Double Degree Programm durchgeführt. Bisher eingegangene Bewerbungen werden statt dessen für das IUDD – Programm „Reflective Urban Practice“ berücksichtigt.

Due to organisational reasons the study program Advanced Urbanism will probably not be offered in the winter semester of 2018/19. It will be operating again in winter semester 2019/20 as Double Degree Program. This year’s applications will be considered for the IUDD – programme „Reflective Urban Practice“ instead.

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The Masters programme »Advanced Urbanism« (M.Sc.) is offered as a joint dual-degree programme in cooperation of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar Faculty for Architecture and Urbanism with the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University in Shanghai since the year 2004. As a programme of the master study course »Integrated Urban Development and Design« (IUDD) it focuses on the history, transformation, dissolution, restructuring and reinvention of the city. With this programme, both universities rise to the functional and aesthetic challenges urban spaces face due to the global transformation processes affecting cities everywhere. 

This four-semester programme aims to train locally and internationally active experts for the urban realm. Developing spatial competences and skills required by today’s planning and design professions, comprehensive and interdisciplinary analyses of major issues in contemporary urban development are at the heart of this programme. 

Advanced Urbanism offers an excellent education. The year you will spend at Tongji University in Shanghai will provide you with unique experiences. Students of our programe stand out: Being a dual programme, both the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Tongji University Shanghai award successful graduates an independent Masters degree.

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Factsheet Advanced Urbanism (M.Sc.)

The Master's Programme »Advanced Urbanism« is a special programme of the study course »Integrated Urban Development and Design« (IUDD) and is operated in cooperation with the College for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji-University Shanghai since the year 2004. Numerous curricular and extracurricular activities offer a glimpse into the current discourse on urban issues in the respective country.

In 2014, both universities celebrated the 10 years of successful cooperation  in the joint degree programme.

The study programme Advanced Urbanism is a special programme in the Master's course »Integrated Urban Development and Design« (IUDD) where we train students to develop abilities that will encourage them to react to transformation processes that are typical for the beginning of the 21st century: Urban landscapes of dispersed character, global markets as well as global challenges in environment and society, virtual spaces, powerful actors in the construction business and postmodern lifestyles are raising new challenges for the spatial competences of planners and designers dedicated to larger scales but with a sense for detail.

Our programme is committed to define, analyse, include and streamline these diverse factors in the sense of Integrated Urban Development as an holistic approach, linked to urban design in metropolitan and rural-urban contexts. Advanced Urbanism offers a specific notion of current trends of urban and rural-urban development in the Chinese context of growing urbanization next to other German or international urban development contexts.

train in design, planning, scientific analysis and mediation;
become an urban curator, the competent and reflective expert of the urban realm  

graduates of architecture and landscape architecture, urban/regional/spatial planning, geography, civil engineering, urban and architectural sociology, environmental sciences and other disciplines relevant to the natural and built environment


  • international (English-taught degree; worldwide network for professional expierence)
  • interdisciplinary (combines urban design/planning, urban heritage, urban sociology, project management and spatial planning)
  • practice-oriented, research-based design 

4 semesters
(with the 3rd and 4th semesters spent at Tongji-University in Shanghai, China)

A handling fee of 1,000€ incurs for each semesters spent at the partnering university, i.e. a total of 2,000€ per student.

Besides these programme-specific handling fees you have to cover the general study fees and living expenses. Information on those costs as well as financing opportunities are explained in detail here. 

Additionally you have to consider possible costs for excursions and study trips as well as expenses you need to spend related to visa procedures.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) (double degree)

Study Plan

Programme Advanced Urbanism (M.Sc.)

The Masters Programme »Advanced Urbanism« in the study course »Integrated Urban Development and Design« (IUUD) is a joint programme conducted in collaboration with the College for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji-University, Shanghai. In the course of this programme, students will spend one year in China.

The first and second semesters take place in Weimar, while the third and fourth semester will be spent in Shanghai. All courses are taught in English. Three of the four semesters will deepen the scientific knowledge and impart basics in applied practice within the complex of integrated urban development and design.   

Each university adapts the content of courses according to its specific syllabus. The study projects in the second and third semester deal with a specific urban and/or spatial issue. The issue is worked on using scientific and/or design methods and in an interdisciplinary as well as practical manner.

The fourth semester is dedicated to writing the Masters thesis. This phase of research and writing is accompanied by regular intervals of colloquiums. In order to successfully conclude the Masters programme, the Masters thesis - a scientific or research-based project-focused work - as well as an oral examination have to be completed. Once students have passed all Masters examinations, students receive a double degree with a single title from each of the universities: A "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and a "Master of Engineering" (M.Eng.) from Tongji-University Shanghai.


10 YEARS Joint Double Degree Programme

Cover Flyer "10 Year Anniversary"

Anlässlich des 10-jährigen Bestehens des gemeinsamen Doppelabschlussprogramms des Instituts für Europäische Urbanistik (IfEU) der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar und dem College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) der Tongji University Shanghai stellen Lehrende beider Institutionen in diesem kleinen Symposium unterschiedlichste Sichtweisen zur derzeitigen Entwicklung von Städten in Europa und China vor...

10 Years - Chinese Saying

Die Ausstellung zeigt zum Jubiläum des 10-jährigen Bestehens des gemeinsamen Doppelabschlussprogramms des Instituts für Europäische Urbanistik (IfEU) der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar und dem College for Architecture and Urban Planning Tongji University Shanghai Arbeiten aus den interdisziplinären Studienprojekten des internationalen Masterprogramms Advanced Urbanism.

Integrated Frequencies - Decoding Urban Spaces in Vienna, Stage IV of the celebration programme and part of annual exhibition "summaery"

In the discussion about “liveable cities” urban space is mostly perceived as either a form of vital neighbourhoods in vibrant areas or as neglected or unattractive areas that are emptied out and deprived of urban life. Depending not only on the situation of the built environment or the uses in a single location, but rather depending on the context of a place in a grid of flows and movement patterns, there are different methods that help us understand why we perceive space as “working” or not...

Exhibit for "Car Culture Cities"

For decades the idea of the car-friendly city dominated urban planning. It can be observed that since a couple of years new models of urban mobility are coming up. Cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen show the world how car traffic can be reduced and quality of living be improved. In Germany it is different. When it comes to change in urban mobility, the world wide renowned country of car-production is lagging behind. Why are we so much in love with cars?


Study Regulations Advanced Urbanism (M.Sc.)

Examinations Regulations Advanced Urbanism (M.Sc.)

Degree Programme and Examination Schedule

Immatriculations 2010/11

Examination Regulations

Masters Thesis Advanced Urbanism (M.Sc.)

Masters Thesis

Your Masters thesis represents your final step towards completing your scientific education. It is meant to exhibit the candidates ability to engage with an issue of the urban realm independently - within three months and by way of scientific methods (see § 9 Abs. 6 Examinations Regulations). Key information on the execution of the Masters thesis are compiled in the below guidelines.

Masters Thesis Application for thesis writing phase in Summer term 2018

The Thesis Application Form needs to be submitted prior to thesis writing through the students to apply and then being approved for the Masters Thesis writing phase in the Summer semester. The form needs to be submitted until not later than April 18, 2018. Find more details in the form. Download the form here

Masters Thesis Procedures Summer semester 2018

Find more information on Masters Thesis Procedures here.

Click here for a list of theses from previous years.


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Das Studienprogramm Advanced Urbanism ist eine Weiterentwicklung des interdisziplinären Masterstudiengangs „Integrated Urban Development and Design“, das gemeinsam mit dem College for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) der Tongji-Universität in Shanghai durchgeführt wird. Zahlreiche Angebote auch außerhalb des Lehrplans und der Institute bieten die Möglichkeit, Einblicke in den aktuellen urbanistischen Diskurs des jeweiligen Landes zu gewinnen.

Ausbildung in Gestaltung, Planung, wissenschaftlicher Analyse und Moderation; zum „städtischen Kurator“, dem reflexionskompetenten Experten für den urbanen Raum.

Absolventen der Architektur, Landschafts- und Innenarchitektur, Stadt-, Regional- und Raumplanung, Geografie, Bauingenieurwesen, Stadt- und Architektursoziologie, Umweltwissenschaften und vergleichbarer raumorientierter Wissenschaften.

Internationalität (Unterrichtssprache englisch; weltweite Praxiskontakte)
Interdisziplinarität (integriert Städtebau/Stadplanung, Städtebauliche Denkmalpflege, Stadtsoziologie, Projektentwicklung und Raumplanung),
wissenschaftliche und gestalterische Orientierung

vier Semester, davon das dritte und vierte Semester in China

Pro Austauschsemester erhebt die jeweilige Partneruniversität von jedem Studierenden eine Unkostenpauschale von 1.000 EUR, das heißt insgesamt 2.000 EUR pro Student.

Neben diesen programmspezifischen Kosten fallen noch die Studiengebühren und Lebenshaltungskosten sowie mögliche Kosten für Exkursionen, Studienreisen und Visamodalitäten für den Aufenthalt in China an.

Details zu den Kosten des Studiums sowie Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten erhalten Sie hier.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) (Doppelabschluss)


Der Studiengang AdUrb wird gemeinsam mit dem College for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) der Tongji-Universität in Shanghai durchgeführt. Im Rahmen ihres Studiums verbringen die Studierenden ein Jahr in China. Pro Austauschsemester erhebt die jeweilige Partneruniversität von jedem Studierenden eine  Unkostenpauschale von 1.000 EUR, das heißt insgesamt 2.000 EUR pro Student.

Die ersten drei Semester dienen der Vermittlung vertiefender wissenschaftlicher und praktischer Grundlagen im Themenfeld der Urbanistik. Die Unterrichtssprache ist Englisch. Im ersten und zweiten Semester finden die Lehrveranstaltungen in Weimar statt, im dritten und vierten Semester in Shanghai. Jede Universität passt den Lehrplan entsprechend ihrer landesspezifischen Studieninhalte an. Die Studienprojekte im dritten Semester haben eine konkrete stadt- bzw. raumbezogene Problemlösung zum Gegenstand. Es wird mit wissenschaftlicher und/oder entwerferischer/gestalterischer Vorgehensweise fachübergreifend und zugleich wirklichkeitsnah bearbeitet. Das vierte Semester dient der Anfertigung der Masterarbeit. Diese Schreib- und Forschungsphase wird von einem regelmäßigen Kolloquium begleitet. Das Masterstudium wird mit einer wissenschaftlichen oder projektbezogenen Masterarbeit und einer mündlichen Masterprüfung abgeschlossen. Nach bestandener Masterprüfung erhalten die Absolventen einen Doppelabschluss: Sowohl die Bauhaus-Universität Weimar als auch die Tongji-Universität Shanghai verleihen den akademischen Grad eines "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) in jeweils eigenen Urkunden.


Matrikel WiSe 2011/2012
Studienordnung AdUrb

Matrikel WiSe 2010/2011
Studienordnung AdUrb


Matrikel WiSe 2011/2012
Prüfungsordnung AdUrb

Matrikel WiSe 2010/2011
Prüfungsordnung AdUrb 


Die Master-Arbeit ist die Prüfungsarbeit, die die wissenschaftliche Ausbildung abschließt. Sie soll zeigen, dass der Kandidat in der Lage ist, innerhalb einer dreimonatigen Bearbeitungszeit (siehe § 9 Abs. 6 der Prüfungsordnung) ein Problem aus der Urbanistik selbständig nach wissenschaftlichen Methoden zu bearbeiten. Die wichtigsten Informationen über das Verfassen der Masterarbeit sind in einem „Leitfaden“ zusammengefasst.