Cities around the world are increasingly suffering from noise pollution, congestion, gridlock and harmful air pollution. Many urban agglomerations are also facing the challenges of poverty, uncontrolled growth, mountains of rubbish, power cuts or a lack of or inadequate drinking water. Missing sewage systems and sanitation facilities, but also shortcomings in public and domestic safety are affecting the life of millions of people. The increasing impact of climate change with floods, water shortages and cyclones is challenging more and more cities.

The Smart City approach is based on the realisation that subject-specific competencies in the areas of transport, energy, urban development, administration, construction law etc. have until now been rather poorly connected. The complex requirements of the livable, future-oriented city can only be met if there is a much closer and interdisciplinary interaction between these fields in future. All this requires a new kind of personnel resources with qualifications that combine technical, management, and business administration expertise in a new way.

The goal of the master's degree course Smart City Solutions is to train the specialists of the individual departments as generalists who have a broad view of the diverse tasks and challenges of a modern city. To this end, graduates work in an interdisciplinary way and have knowledge and ability in all important areas in order to assure coordination and cross-functional functions.

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Application deadline

15. May for Non-EU & EU applicants

Study time

3 Semesters full-time/ 5 Semesters part-time

Study title

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

In twenty years, I imagine a city where humans don’t have to struggle for the basic needs and where we work in an efficient, equal, inclusive and sustainable world.

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Rhea Fernandes Smart City Solutions graduate, winter semester 2019/20

Study programme

Programme start - Mid of September / Beginning of October

Lecture days - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Medium of instruction - English

Urbanism I Buildings I Information


•    Global Challenges
•    Sustainable Macroeconomics
•    Societal Developments
•    Smart City Parameters & Measuring


•    The Smart City in Smart Region
•    Smart Urban Development Principles
•    Smart Social Infrastructure & Accomodation
•    Smart Town Planning & Land Policy


•    Smart Architecture Concepts
•    Smart Energy Concepts
•    Smart Engineering & Technologies
•    Planning and Building Process


•    Smart Data Concepts
•    Geographic Information Systems
•    City Information Models
•    Digital Platforms & Services


Infrastructure I Finance I Management


•    Smart Energy Generation
•    Smart Grid Solutions
•    Smart Mobility Strategies & Management
•    Smart Operations & Maintenance


•    Smart Water & Waste Management
•    Pollution Prevention & Recovery Strategies
•    Smart Urban Biosphere & Habitat
•    Resilience Strategies & Measures


•    Financial Markets & Institutions
•    Sustainable Finance
•    Infrastructure & Project Finance
•    Digitalization, Financial Innovation & Financial Technology


•    Principles of Public Policy
•    Public Services & Public Sector Management
•    Lean & Agile Management Approaches
•    Leadership and Stakeholder Management






The case study is a central integrated part of the study program and interlinks the more theoretical contents of the modules in semester 1 and 2 with real-life projects. All lecturers of modules 1-8 are consultants for their topics. The project partners are municipalities, local companies and institutions preferably in and around Stuttgart, Germany, Europe or if suitable, even worldwide. The Case Study comprises of in-depth analysis of existing solutions and the elaboration of own proposals.

1. Semester I CS 1 I Focus on Urbanism, Buildings & Information (6 ECTS)

2. Semester I CS 2 I Focus on Infrastructure, Finance & Management (6 ECTS)



Master Thesis


  • Thesis / Project Preparation
  • Thesis-Project


  • Academic Writing
  • Master Thesis
  • Präsentation & Abstract


The quality of the Master programme is assured through external accreditation conducted by the renowned academic accreditation agency ASIIN e.V. (Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Mathematics).
The ASIIN certification seal was acquired in 2018 and is valid until September 2023.

Dual Degree MBA

About the Programme

On the basis of a collaboration that started in 2004, HFT Stuttgart and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have created a Dual Degree Programme.

After completion of the taught modules in Stuttgart, students have the opportunity to continue their studies at LJMU. While the Programme in Stuttgart focuses on Smart City Solutions, the Programme in Liverpool focuses on executive leadership topics. Students that embark on the Dual Degree Programme graduate as Master of Engineering (M. Eng) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

This opportunity strenghtens the aspect of internationality by studying in Germany and the UK.
Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University was founded in 1992 is one of the leading research universities in the U.K. The Faculty of Business and Law encourages practical application of theory and knowledge to produce graduates with the skills to succeed in the business and law sectors. The programme recognises the impact that good leaders can have on productivity and performance.
By choosing the MBA Executive Leadership Dual Award the students will attend classes at Liverpool Business School over a period of approximately 4 months, studying alongside MBA students from the UK, all of whom will be experienced leaders and managers.
Liverpool Business School offers an MBA that recognises the benefits of peer-to-peer learning, networking and relationship building. With Masterclasses and regular talks from business leaders, as well as our experienced teaching team, the course will transform your professional practice and enhance career progression prospects.
The course is dedicated to supporting mature, professional students who may be having their first experience of higher education. The programme prepares them for work in this challenging and rewarding arena through work-based case studies.
The students will have plenty of support throughout their stay with and will have contact with the MBA Programme Manager, Module Leaders, Administration Support Team and your Consultancy Project Supervisor.



Application & Deadlines

Admission requirements

  • Vocational-qualifying university degree (Bachelor's, Magister, Diplom or equivalent) in construction and infrastructure-related courses of study (e.g architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, business administration or management) comprising at least 210 credit points (ECTS), which corresponds to a full-time study programme of 7 semesters.

    In the case of an academic degree from other fields of specialisation, an examination is carried out in individual cases by the Audit Committee.

    In the case of a first professionally qualifying university degree with 6 semesters of standard period of study or 180 ECTS, additional relevant academic achievements in the amount of 30 ECTS must be proven or acquired during the Master programme. The selection of suitable modules is made in consultation with the Programme Director and the 30 ECTS must be completed before the Master Thesis registration.
  • Higher-than-average academic achievements
  • Sufficient knowledge of English (e.g. TOEFL (paper-based) with 550 points, 213 points (computer-based test), 80 points (internet-based test). Alternatively: IELTS score min. 6,5 TOEFL/ IELTS for all those, whose native language is not English. Applicants whose language of instruction was proven to be English at school, university, college or academy do not have to present this test.
  • At least one year of qualified professional experience



Application documents + Selection interview

  • Application documents (point 1 to 5 below) schould be submitted till the end of the deadline in only one PDF-file including:
  1.  Filled out Application form
  2.  CV (Curriculum vitae)
  3. First university degree with a vocational qualification.
  4. Proof of at least one year of professional experience.
  5. Academic article (essay) on a Smart-City-theme (10.000 characters) - please see the Guideline Essay
  6. Proof of English language - please see the admission requirements
  • The selection interview via Skype determines the motivation and suitability for the chosen degree programme and the desired profession.
    Only applicants who meet the admission requirements may take part in the selection interview.


Submission deadlines:
15. May for Non-EU & EU applicants

Please send your application to:

Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
Smart City Solutions
Schellingstrsse 24
70174 Stuttgart

or via E-Mail in one PDF-file to
We prefer your application by e-mail.

In the case of an application by e-mail, we need certified copies of your documents if you are admitted and come to Stuttgart.

Tuition fees

Investment in your future

A further education course is an investment in your personal future. At the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences you will study Smart City Solutions in small groups. Experienced professors and lecturers from the private economy sector teach with us. A network of renowned and top-class partners from industry, business and the public sector will support you on your way to a successful career in the working world of tomorrow. There are several financing options for your Master's degree. By scheduling the lectures between Friday and Monday, you are free to work during the week. For example with one of our many partners.

The Master's programme Smart City Solutions is a so-called continuing education programme. A continuing education programme is a fee-based course of study for which tuition fees are incurred. The following table provides information on tuition fees:

Full-time > Total 10.000 €

1st Semester     4.000 €
2nd Semester    4.000 €
3rd Semester     2.000 €

Part-time > Total 10.000 €

1st Semester     2.000 €
2nd Semester    2.000 €
3rd Semester     2.000 €
4th Semester     2.000 €
5th Semester     2.000 €

  • For any additional semester a study fee to the amount of EUR 1.000 shall be charged.
  • Additional to the tuition fees, a so called administration fee will arise each semester approx. 200 €/ semester.

Career Perspectives

Excellent career perspectives

Specialists to generalists

Designing integrated solutions for the future of cities, our graduates have excellent career prospects in a wide variety of areas. The process of forming suitable teams of consultants for the task at hand, which is completely new in this form, is in full swing worldwide. Smart City has definitely become an important field of activity for various actors who need specific competences and capacities: e. g. local authorities, IT companies, international business and engineering offices, service providers etc. Graduates have excellent career opportunities, both nationally and internationally. Our well-developed network of mostly internationally operating companies offers a variety of job and internship opportunities.



FAQ - frequently asked questions about APPLICATION

As the master programme is a multidisciplinary one, a broad spectrum of disciplines can be accepted as suitable first degree (Bachelor, Magister, Diploma or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. architecture, urban planing, civil engineering, construction or design, business administration, finance & management, social studies, etc.), comprising at least 210 credit points (ECTS), which corresponds to a full-time study programme of 7 semesters.

In this case an additional relevant academic achievements in the amount of 30 ECTS must be proven or acquired during the Master programme. The selection of suitable modules is made in consultation with the Programme Director and the 30 ECTS must be completed before the Master Thesis registration.

Higher-than-average academic achievements.

Yes, for all those, whose native language is not English, a proof of sufficient knowledge of English is required, e.g. TOEFL - paper-based with 550 points, computer based with 213 points,  or internet based 80 points). Alternatively: an IELTS test (academic or general) with a min. score of 6.5 or an equivalent proof.

Applicants whose language of instruction was proven to be English at school, university, college or academy do not have to present this test.

There is no age limit for the study programme.

Yes, we even prefer application by E-Mail!
Please, send it in one PDF-file to

In the case of an application by e-mail, we need certified copies of your documents, if you are admitted and come to Stuttgart.

Yes, at least 1 year of professional experience is required. As the master programme is non-consecutive, you need to show proof of at least one-year professional experience gained after you finished your previous degree.

FAQ - frequently asked questions about STUDYING

The tuition fee for the entire programme is 10,000 € for both full-time and part-time students. Tuition fees will be paid in different instalments.
The finance department will send you payment requests with the exact amounts and payment deadlines required.

In addition there is an semetser contribution, which is to be paid every semester (it can vary slightly each semester):

Student Services ~ 200 €

Student ID Card  ~ 15 € (10 € deposit and a 5 € credit balance)

Additional costs for excursions or learning materials are not included.

No, since the masters programme is a non-consecutive programme requiring one year of work experience and may require tuition fees, we are exempt from this regulation.
You only have to pay the fees mentioned under tuiton fees.

On Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

The employment regulations for international students are rather strict. You will find more information about this topic on the DAAD-Homepage.

There are several options, additional information you'll find on the Homepage of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior.

The degree opens the possibility of further PhD study programmes in Germany as well as other countries.

The high quality of the education you will receive is guaranteed by the successful ASIIN Accreditation. The Master programme has been accredited in March 2018.
A successful programme accreditation confirms that a study programme meets a high quality standard of education. The quality of a study program is determined by the formulation of relevant objectives by the applying university itself. The quality is also determined by the success that graduates achieve in their profession.

No, since it is a non-consecutive master programme tuition fees apply to Erasmus students as well.

No, since this is a non-consecutive master programme no reduction of fees for refugees can be applied.

FAQ - frequently asked questions about LIVING in Stuttgart

You will need around 850 € per month to cover your living expenses as of 2020.

The prices for food, accommodation, bills, clothes, and entertainment are basically in line with the EU average. Your monthly rent is your largest expense.
For further information please contact the International Student Office (ISO).

Health insurance is mandatory in Germany. It is not possible to enroll for the study without a proof. Up to the age of 30 years you can get it at the public health insurance.
The International Student Office (ISO) will help you to find a private health insurance if you are older than 30 years.

When you arrive

The first days in a new city, country or even continent are a challenge. With the information provided by the International Student Office (ISO) of the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences we want to disburden you within your first days here in Stuttgart.


After your admission to the master course has been accepted, you can book a room (ISO) in one of the student residences of the Studentenwerk Stuttgart. These are single rooms with shared kitchen, living room and bathroom facilities.

There are different locations of students’ accommodation around the city of Stuttgart. All of the student residences can be reached easily by public transportation Verkehrsverbund Stuttgart (VVS).
Please get in contact with the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart for more information.

The city of Stuttgart offers a students’ ticket valid for 6 months which can be used on all buses and subways across the whole region of Stuttgart and costs about 210 €. In addition, with the students’ ID card you will get from the university, public transportation is free of charge each day from 6 p.m. till 6 a.m., on weekend and public holidays.

Information about special regulations, hygiene concept etc. at the HFT Stuttgart can be found under Corona Update.

Information about the current situation in Stuttgart can be found on the website of the Municipality of Stuttgart.


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