With the Master's programme »Integrated Urban Development and Design« (IUDD) 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 and its linkages to urban design in the metropolitan as well as rural-urban context.
With its Praxis Module of the "Model Projects" in the study course "Reflective Urban Practice" the Master's programme IUDD is fostering the knowledge transfer to and out of the praxis at its long-standing international Model Project Partners since 1999. That practical semester (third semester) ends with the programme of the international "Model Project Forum", a yearly highlight, where students and practice partners present and reflect the urban practice in a joint event.
With the Study Project (second semester) students are prepared for the praxis to cope with the complexity of urban development and design: a research-based design studio is targeting on interdisciplinary work in an intercultural realm of urban planning and design, covering appropriate methods to cope with the comprehensiveness of integrated urban development.
Main Objectives of the study programme
Become an urban curator, the competent and reflective expert for the urban realm. Train in
- Research-based analysis of urban design and urban planning and their impact on society
- Urban strategies
- Interrelations to rural development
- Project development
- Stakeholder mediation and process-oriented development
- Urban Sociology
- Global interrelations and interdependencies of urban solutions
Graduates of architecture, landscape planning, interior design, regional/spatial planning, geography, civil engineering, urban and architectural sociology, environmental sciences and other disciplines relevant to the natural and built environment
International (course taught in English language; worldwide network for professional experience)
Interdisciplinary (combines urban design/planning, urban heritage, urban sociology, project management and spatial planning)
Research and design oriented (quality of built space)
the 3rd semester is spent doing a traineeship ("model projects" worldwide)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Costs of studies as well as financing opportunities are explained in detail here.
Besides the study fees and living expenses you have to consider possible costs for excursions and study trips as well as additional living costs that may come up during a semester outside Weimar (for example internship period).
Traineeship programme in "Refletice Urban Practice" in the master's study course Integrated Urban Development and Design IUDD (M.Sc.)
The traineeship programme »Model Projects« offers an exceptional cross-border experience during the third semester of the Masters study course »Integrated Urban Development and Design« (M.Sc.). It is exclusively offered to students in the Study Programme »Reflective Urban Practice« at Bauhaus.Institute for Experimental Architecture ifex (from 10/2018 on; before, they were part of the European Urban Studies)
With placements offered worldwide, the programme allows students to participate in advanced and interdisciplinary projects related to the urban realm. These projects are offered by our distinguished Model Project partners in the private and public sectors as well as institutions of applied research. The Model Projects were established in 1999 as a special academic experience in urban praxis.
Encouraging an international transfer of knowledge, "good practice" projects are presented at the annual International Model Project Forum in Weimar. This conference contributes to a deeper understanding of diverse challenges faced by current urban practices. What are the driving forces behind new projects? What are the chances and visionary perspectives of todays projects for tomorrow's cities? And what specific requirements are articulated by urbanists in their concepts compared to other actors in the field?
In preparation of these collaborations, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and our Model Project partners agree on conditions, the observance of which is intended to ensure a successful collaboration and a rewarding experience of the Model Project for all parties involved. The following guidelines provide information on what is expected of students as well as what students can expect from their Model Project partners.
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.