IUDD, Study Programme Reflective Urban Practice (M.Sc.)



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.

With the reaccreditation since 1. October 2018 the former study programme “Europäische Urbanistik”, together with the internship of Model Projects has been strengthened towards practice and design and is offered as “Integrated Urban Development and Design” (IUDD) at the bauhaus.institute for experimental architecture (ifex) as well as the double degree study programme “Advanced Urbanism”. A study programme with stronger orientation to theory is offered at the Institute for European Urban Studies (IfEU) under the name “European Urban Studies.


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)

4 semesters
the 3rd semester is spent doing a traineeship and is focused on professional practice. International partners (the so-called Model Project Partners) in Germany, Europe and overseas offer collaboration on "International Model Projects".

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).

International Model Projects

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 today’s 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. 

Our annual International Model Project Forum is instrumental in furthering the transfer of knowledge within the disciplines comprising European Urban Studies.

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The IUDD programme maintains close contact to outstanding partners in the praxis of urban design, urban development, scientific institutions and administrative bodies. These so-called "Model Project Partners" provide an outstanding professional experience in urban practice to IUDD students - considered in the sense of a reflective urban practice.

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Become a partner for our international Model Projects in the Masters programme ( M.Sc.)  IUDD (Integrated Urban Development & Design)  - and be part of a global network of experts. 

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More on the guidelines regulating our Model Project traineeship programme. 


Study and Examination Regulations Reflective Urban Practice (M.Sc.)

Study Regulations

Regulations valid from winter semester 2020/2021 on:
Study Regulations

Regulations valid from winter semester 2018/19 on:
Study Regulations

Examination Reguations

Regulations valid from winter semester 2020/21 on:
Examination Regulations

Regulations valid from winter semester 2018/19 on:
Examination Regulations

Master Thesis Reflective Urban Practice

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 2023

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 Winter semester. The form needs to be submitted until not later than April 10, 2023. Find more details in the form. Download the form here

Masters Thesis Procedures Summer semester 2021

Find more information on Masters Thesis Procedures here.

Theses from Previous Years