IUDD, Study Programme Advanced Urbanism (M.Sc.)

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.  

We are currently restructuring our IUDD study course “Advanced Urbanism” (AdUrb) to a multi-partner programme for the third semester. It is currently only possible to apply for the IUDD study course “Reflective Urban Practice” (RUP). If you are also interested in IUDD – RUP as an alternative, this would be the first and only choice at the moment – and you should refer to in your application or motivation letter that you originally were interested in AdUrb. In case we will be able to offer the new cooperation model in the beginning of the new semester (October 2019) we will then be able to offer a shift to the partners cooperating in the new multi-partner master programme in the third semester.

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.

With the reaccreditation of the study programmes “European Urban Studies” and “Advanced Urbanism” the programmes have undergone important structural and content-wise changes: Since October 2018 the former study programme “European Urban Studies”, 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”. 


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)



10 YEARS Joint Double Degree Programme

[Translate to English:] Cover Flyer "10 Year Anniversary"

Celebrating the 10 years of the double degree programme jointly offered by the Institute for European Urban Studies at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University Shanghai, colleagues from both institution presented different perspectives on the current development of cities in China and Europe in a small symposium, and discussed common conditions and challenges.

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 and Examination Regulations

Study Regulations

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



The following Study Regulations belongs to the Study Programm Advanced Urbanism,
former offered by the Institute for European Urban Studies:

Study Regulations Advanced Urbanism Winter Semester 2014/15
Study Regulations Advanced Urbanism Winter Semester 2011/12
Study Regulations Advanced Urbanism Winter Semester 2010/11

Examination Regulations

Regulations valid from winter semester 2018/2019 on:
Examination Regulations

The following Examination Regulations belongs to the Study Programm Advanced Urbanism,
former offered by the Institute for European Urban Studies:

Examination Regulations Advanced Urbanism Winter Semester 2014/15
Examination Regulations Advanced Urbanism Winter Semester 2011/12
Examination Regulations Advanced Urbanism Winter Semester 2010/11

Master Thesis

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.