Mobility has become a basic requirement of our life and economic activity. Influenced by climate change, resource scarcity and demographic shifts, it plays a key role in the provision of basic services. The challenges posed by the forthcoming changes require increasingly complex infrastructure concepts and planning processes from local and regional authorities. The construction industry is expected to provide intelligent and innovative construction services in order to effectively and efficiently implement these infrastructural adjustments with and for society in national and international competition.

The Master's programme in Transport Infrastructure Management is addressed to engineers who wish to extend and deepen their knowledge and skills in planning, construction, maintenance, operation and management processes of transport infrastructure.

The economic, technical, construction management and legal components of planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of transport facilities are teached with interdisciplinary methods. All modes of transport - road, rail, water and air - as well as all forms of mobility from individual transport to public transport are included.

The course contents are taught in a practical and interactive way in small groups, so that everyone has enough time for questions and discussions. By combining courses in blocks, free days are created between attendance phases.

The standard period of study is 3 semesters. The focus in the last semester is on writing a comprehensive Master's thesis. It is possible to start the course of study in the winter term as well as in the summer term.

The graduates receive the degree MASTER OF ENGINEERING (M.Eng.)

 

Application deadline

15 June (for the winter semester)
15 December (for the summer semester)

Study time

3 Semester

Study title

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Verkehrsinfrastrukturmanagement

Content

If you want to find out how transport infrastructure works and what technical and planning processes therefor are fundamental, then you are the right one for these additional studies. Consolidate what you have learned in the fields of traffic planning and design, road construction technology and operation, and traffic development planning.

The module descriptions represent the concrete study contents. You will find the current and complete module descriptions for each semester, including detailed information, in the module handbook.

 

Key Aspects

Impressionen zu Infrastruktur

The course of studies includes the following main topics:

  • Traffic and spatial planning
  • Settlement structure and mobility development
  • Traffic management / traffic control
  • Monitoring and assessment of road  infrastructure
  • Operation services and maintenance of roads
  • Operation of local public transport / rail transport
  • Operation of airports
  • Inland navigation and ports

This broad spectrum of study contents is taught in a practice-oriented manner at the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart. Through an intensive exchange with technical authorities, engineering offices and building contractors, they gain practice-oriented insights into operational procedures, planning and financing of projects as well as corporate structures.

Practical Relevance

Eine Straße mit dichtem Verkehr und Hochhäuser bei Nacht

The principles of the program's "broad spectrum" (various modes of transport) and "depth" (life cycle of transport infrastructures) with a focus on the operation services and development of transport infrastructures are also  guaranteed by external experts from companies (STRABAG AG, SSB AG, DB AG), the public sector (Ministry of Transport Baden-Württemberg, Water and Shipping Authority Stuttgart) and consulting firms as lecturers to achieve high quality education. Due to this personnel connection between science and practice, the course of studies has a great deal of relevance to current tasks, questions and approaches to solutions (e.g. Construction Site 4.0) in the field of traffic/mobility.

Eine Gruppe von Studierenden in einem Steinbruch

An integral part of the course concept are the (day) excursions and professional visits included in the individual modules. These excursions and visits usually take place before or after specific topics and thus provide an additional opportunity to review or deepen what has been learned and to transfer knowledge and experiences from practice to theory or vice versa. In addition, the course of study includes study projects in the first two semesters. With these projects, the Transport Infrastructure Management course offers students the opportunity to apply the basic knowledge they have acquired in their previous courses of study in practice. The main focus is on learning how to organize content and time within a team.

Ein Plan

Working on tasks within a project requires not only sound theoretical knowledge, but also the joint recognition, prioritisation and solution of relevant problems and the ability to find compromises. Furthermore, the project participants should become aware of the interdisciplinary nature of complex planning processes and the broad spectrum of different approaches.

The respective projects regularly refer to concrete questions from practice and are accompanied in their processing not only by the university, but also by project sponsors (special purpose associations, road construction authorities, urban planning offices, etc.).

Stay abroad

Ein Student mit Rucksack bei einer Wanderung

Stay abroad

During your studies, the journey abroad is particularly easy and international experience is more in demand than ever before. Dealing with a foreign language, new cultures and new approaches to your subject enrich your personal life experience.

The curriculum does not include a stay abroad orderly. However, the course of studies and the university encourage and support students in planning and implementing their stay abroad. Partner universities are available to students , particularly in the fields of civil engineering, infrastructure management and economic engineering.

Study and examination successes achieved abroad can be accepted with appropriate confirmations.

Application

Do you want to put your study decision into practice?

Then please make sure you meet the admission requirements and the deadlines/dates for application. Below you will find an overview of the application process for the Master's programme Transport Infrastructure Management at the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart.

The application for the Master's programme in Transport Infrastructure Management is done online. You can find the application portal here.

  • Please note the following application deadlines. These deadlines are exclusion periods without exception!
    • for the winter semester: June 15
    • for the summer semester: December 15

Please note that the deadlines for the Master's programme in Transport Infrastructure Management differ from the general university deadlines.

  • In order to be able to study the Master's degree programme in Transport Infrastructure Management at the University of Applied Sciences, you need a first successful, professionally qualifying university degree with at least six semesters of study at a German university or a comparable foreign university in a field of study with a spatial or traffic-related focus.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree must prove that they have at least 210 credit points according to ECTS (CP). Missing modules or CP can be acquired by attending suitable courses of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Building Physics and Economics.
  • Applicants with certificates from foreign universities have to be accredited by the Studienkolleg Konstanz
  • A subject-related professional activity as an engineer in an engineering or planning office or the technical office of a construction company is desired and advantageous.
  • Since the course of studies is taught exclusively in German, applicants from abroad who have not obtained their university degree or equivalent qualification at a German-speaking university must prove that they have sufficient knowledge of German (e.g. German language examination for university admission (DSH), Großes oder Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institute, Test German as foreign language (TestDaF) at least level 4).

Please note: For some of the study places to be allocated, selection interviews will be held (according to the Admission Regulations §6 (2)). Some of the applicants will be invited for a personal interview shortly after the application deadline. Please be prepared for this.

Career prospects

Regarding the gradual expansion of the transport network in Germany over the past decades, the focus is now shifting increasingly to the maintenance and modernisation of the existing infrastructure. This infrastructure must be focused on the development of user claims.

Throughout Germany, more than 100,000 engineers cope with tasks which are associated with ensuring sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility. They optimize the conditions for a smooth transportation of people and goods by building, expanding and maintaining road and rail networks, inland waterways and air traffic facilities.

The successful completion of this study program enables students to work in the professions of planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of transport modes. The demand for engineers in Germany to works either as a specialist or on management tasks is currently very high, so almost all graduates quickly find suitable employments. 

Typical employers:

  • Construction companies (organization and responsible supervision of projects),
  • Deutsche Bahn,
  • Engineering offices (project management and traffic planning),
  • Public service (at the federal, state and local level; e.g. in the higher service of the road administration),
  • Public transport services or transport associations,
  • Consulting companies in the transport sector,
  • Universities and other research institutions (supervision of research projects and the opportunity to do a doctorate),
  • Vehicle industry (aspects of vehicle-road interaction / vehicle-transport infrastructure interaction),
  • Logistics or mobility service providers,
  • Software companies (traffic software, data communication and documentation, digitization processes).

The salaries of transport engineers vary depending on the degree, sector, region, scope of duties and company. Graduates of master's degree courses usually receive a few hundred euros more than a Bachelor of Engineering every month when they start their career.

The average starting salary for M.Eng. is just under 3500 Euro. With some work experience, your earnings will then increase to up to 5000 Euro per month in the course of your career.

In the public sector, you will be paid according to the appropriate scale and, depending on your degree and exact job, you will be placed in salary grades 11 to 13.

By completing the Master's degree in Transport Infrastructure Management, you are qualified for an application for the construction traineeship (preparatory service for the career of the higher civil engineering administration service in road administration). After successfully completing the final examination, becoming a civil servant is possible starting with a salary grade of A13.  

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