Master of Engineering

HFT Stuttgart’s MEng in International Project Management (IPM) is designed for professionals in the fields of construction, infrastructure or engineering; equipping them to take leading roles in complex international projects.

Attracting  experienced postgraduates from around the world, our Master’s programme offers two specialisations, IBPM and IITM. The specialisations IBPM - International Building Project Management provides you with the knowledge and tools to structure and manage complex superstructure projects: either self-employed, as a lead consultant for an international company or as a leading architect or engineer. The specialization IITM - International Infrastructure Technology & Management will equip you with the technical and managerial skills to successfully develop and implement strategies for large-scale infrastructure projects.

Every student must choose one of the two specialisations. Although most of the IPM classes are general project management classes and therefore held jointly, a small portion of the IPM curriculum is dedicated to the specializations to ensure that each field is thoroughly covered.

Students acquire the soft skills and the in-depth knowledge of the latest tools, processes and organisational methods that are essential to deliver successful international projects.

Our flexible, modular structure allows students to study full time or to combine their studies with part-time work to gain both academic learning and practical experience.


Application deadline

Winter Semester
15th Apr (Non-EU), 15th Jul (EU Applicants)
Summer Semester
15th Oct (Non-EU), 15th Jan (EU Applicants)

Study time

3 semester (full-time), 5 semester (part-time)

Study title

Master of Engineering

Study Programme


Years of experience in international education


Different Nationalities


Successful Graduates


Dual Degree MBA Graduates

Programme Content

The programme focuses on a holistic process-related understanding of the planning, execution and operation, taking into account the advancing digitalization; as well as on the soft skills development which are essential for becoming a successful Project leader.

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Students following IBPM gain deeper insights to Building construction and Real estate project management.


Students following the IITM option become well equipped to develop and implement local and international infrastructure strategies.

Flexible Options

Full time study

The programme takes two semesters plus a further semester to prepare and present a Master’s thesis. Students attend classes on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Part time study

The programme takes four semesters plus a further semester to prepare and present a Master’s thesis. Students attend classes on Friday, Saturday and Monday during the first two semesters and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the third and fourth semesters.


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Professors & Lecturers



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Quality Ensured

The quality of the HFT Stuttgart IPM Master’s Programme is assured through external accreditation.

It was first accredited by ASIIN, a renowned external academic accreditation body, in 2004. It was re-accredited by them in 2009 and again, most recently on 08.12.2023 and is valid until 30.09.2031.

The authenticity of the acceditiation is stated on the ASIIN website.


I have worked for several years in different countries (Germany, China, Middle East and other European countries. This experience reinforced the wish to also educate myself further with an international perspective, which led to the choice of IPM and to the MBA in Liverpool.

I would like to highlight the synergy with the MBA in Liverpool, which added a very deep theoretical and even more scientific approach to the practice-oriented input of the IPM, so the combination added a lot of value and convinced me to further continue this path with a DBA doctorate programme.

After having led PM and consulting teams, I am meanwhile part of the international management of Drees & Sommer and internationally responsible for our strategic organizational development (location development, M&As, quality and knowledge management). The international experience and PM know-how, strengthened through the IPM course, and the knowledge about strategy, leadership and business through the MBA have equipped me with the wide view which is required for this strategic role.

Background: Architecture | Current Company: Drees & Sommer


After my Bachelor Degree, I gained professional experience for 5 years in an international construction company. Following my professional experience, I came to the conclusion that professional education is essential as the management of international construction projects is a very intensive and challenging process. The future-oriented education model of the HFT IPM Master's Program, which covers all aspects of project management with the latest methods and tools, made this program unique for me.

During my time in IPM, I gained knowledge of the latest project management methodologies on an international level, as well as leadership and adaptability skills in the rapidly changing environment of the construction industry in the 21st century. In addition to all these, the program, which was jointly created by professionals and academics, provided a wide network which enabled me to establish close connections with successful international companies where I can realize my potential in my career path.

Learning the latest digital methods and tools in construction project management through the IPM program has helped me to rapidly advance in my profession. The skills I have acquired, particularly in the area of lean methodology and sustainability, have placed me in a prominent position in my career.

Background: Architecture

After my Bachelor Degree, I worked as a Quantity Surveyor in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore for around 3.5 years. I chose IPM because it’s value-for-money while providing wide-scope learning modules.

The overall experience at IPM is exceptional as the aspects of project management are comprehensively covered in the modules and the knowledges are well delivered by the academic personnel. The most beneficial skills to my career development include change management, intercultural understanding, project development, real estate development and consultant business strategies which are quite relevant to my role in a German project management consultant firm.

I am currently a project manager, who covers the scope of project management and site management for mixed-used development projects. I started with the employer as a work student and converted into a full-time position after completion of study. German Language Proficiency is a must to join the company. I have completed level B2.2 and I still continue improving my language skills through daily practice.

Background: Quantity Surveyor

I am originally from Iran, where I spent the first 17 years of my life. Then I moved to the UK and finished my bachelor studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. In 2017 I received my Masters degree in International Project Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart.

IPM was a good mixture of theory and practice. I learnt a lot from experts and practisioners in the industry. The two courses that inspired me are Quality Management especially Lean Management and Project Delivery Methods, which gave me insights into innovative ways of managing and delivering projects. Inspired by these Modules I picked the topic of my master thesis, which was extremely beneficial for my career development in this field. Since then I am passionately committed to the Lean transformation of the construction industry and coach project participants in Lean mindset and the application of Lean methods.

I am a Senior Lean Manager at ECE Group Services GmbH & Co. KG, where I lead the Lean transformation and the continuous improvement process of the Architecture & Construction division. In addition, I lead the German Lean Construction Institute’s Regional Practice Group in Hamburg. My expertise in Lean Management and Lean Construction, experience in concultancy as well as having professional German language proficiency were crucial for this role.

Background: Civil Engineer


IPM Alumni Network

Through meaningful interactions and discussions around a sustainable and active professional network with present and future alumni, the IPM alumni group allows you to tap into the full potential of the global IPM community.

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Career Prospects


A limited number of scholarships are available to all students of HFT Stuttgart. Students with an outstanding academic performance, demostration of social commitment and/or special personal circumstances qualify for the scholarships. Students can apply in the first semester of study and not before that.

Scholarship types: 

  • Germany Scholarship / Deutschlandstipendium
    • 3,600 € per year paid in monthly instalments of 300 € over a period of 12 months.
  • University foundation / Studienstiftung der HFT Stuttgart
    • 1,500 € per year paid in two instalments of 750 over a period of 2 semesters.


In addition to the HFT Stuttgart scholarships other organisations e.g. DAAD offer attractive scholarships for which you can apply prior to arriving in Germany.

Admission Process & Tuition fees

Admission Requirements

Degree, Work Experience

1. A first degree (Bachelor, Magister, Diploma or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. architecture, civil engineering, construction or design) awarded after at least three years of full time study with above average examination results.

  • The first degree must carry a minimum of 210 Credit Points (CP) which requires a full time programme of seven standard semesters.
  • In the event that the first degree carries only 180CP, or six standard semesters, the student must carry out or submit a study task with a scope of 30CP during the Master’s programme. The Programme Dean will offer a choice from a selection of study modules, subject to confirmation from the examinations office.


2. At least one year of relevant professional experience after award of the first degree


Proficiency in the English language

All applicants who are not native English speakers must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language as follows:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • 550 points in the paper-based test or,
  • 213 points in the computer-based test or,
  • 80 points in the internet-based test.


Alternatively the applicant can demonstrate a score of 6.5 or higher in an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic)

The official TOEFL report can be sent directly through the Educational Testing Service (institution code: 8514).

Tuition Fees

 The Master's programme International Project Management 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:



(for EU-Citizens / residents only)

1st Semester  6.000 €1st semester  3.000 €
2nd Semester  6.000 €2nd Semester  3.000 €
3rd Semester  3.000 €3rd Semester  3.000 €
  4th Semester  3.000 €
  5th Semester  3.000 €
Total15.000 € 15.000 €
Additional costs (costs which will occur during the programme for full-time and part-time students)
Compulsary non-tution fees: 200 € approx / Semester
Compulsary field trips (kick-off event, international project week and excursions): 1.500 € approx
Each additional Semester: 1.500


Online Application

Please merge all files together in one single PDF and rename it: Firstname_Lastname_application.pdf then send it to the following email: ipm @

1. Download and fill out the Application form.

2. Please fill in all mandatory fields. Do not modify, alter, edit or change any section of the Application Form. (No Scans! No original signature required!)

3. Certificate of graduation of first studies / bachelor degree, master degree or equivalent (certified by the German embassy in your country, or once you get to Germany at a notary or at the majors office. Certification can be done after admission and arrival in Germany. All foreign language documents have to be translated to either English or German.)

4. The Transcript of Records

5. Letter of motivation including personal thoughts and expectations concerning the programme (max. 1 page)

6. Proof of at least one year of professional experience after graduation in the following fields: construction, real estate or infrastructure business (letter of reference)

7. Curriculum Vitae (with picture!)

8. Photo (35mm X 45mm)

9. Proof of English language qualification (TOEFL/IELTS). Proof of English is not required for native speakers.

Step by Step Tutorial


The tuition fee for the entire program is 15,000 € for full-time students and 15,000 € for part-time students. Tuition fees should be paid in different instalments.
In addition, there are "other fees" to be paid every semester (which vary each semester slightly):

Student Services   168.50 €

Student ID Card             12 €

The finance department will send you payment requests with the exact amounts required. Part-time students receive one payment request each semester, full- time students receive two payment requests each semester.

Verification of proficiency in English is required for those whose native language is not English. You can provide a TOEFL test (550 points), a computer-based TOEFL test (213 points), an internet-based TOEFL test (80 points), or an academic IELTS test with a min score of 6.5 or equivalent proof.

There is no exception to the rule: even if your language of instruction in High school or University was English, you would still have to provide scores from one of the tests mentioned above.

Yes. As our programme is non-consecutive, you must provide proof of at least one year of professional experience gained after finishing your previous degree. The proof could be in the form of an employment certificate or letter from your employer or employers if your experiences were acquired at different jobs.

No, there is no age limit for the study programme as our programme is non-consecutive and requires work experience. We have students over a broad age range.
Please note that getting a place at the student's dormitory will be difficult if you are over 30 years old. Please contact the International Student Office (ISO) for further information ( @

The part-time programme is available only for EU residents. Please make sure with the relevant authorities whether you can study part-time.

German Immigration law does not accept the part-time study offer when applying for a student visa.

Application must be filled online and submitted by email. Please follow the step-by-step tutorial.

You may provide certified copies of your documents once you arrive in Stuttgart after being admitted.


No, since the Master's Programme “International Project Management” is a non-consecutive programme requiring one year of work experience and may require tuition fees, we are exempted from this regulation. You only have to pay the fees mentioned under tuiton fees.

No, since we are a non-consecutive programme tuition fees apply to Erasmus students as well.

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

You can apply for the HFT scholarship only in the first semester of your studies. All the application-related information will be provided at that time.

For students who need to secure a scholarship before coming to Germany these are the options:

DAAD (various types)

Neufert Foundation (2,500 Euros)

Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Scholarship (30 years age limit, German B2, actively engaged in voluntary work, above average academic performance) 

We recommend you arrive in Germany by the beginning of March for the Summer Semester and the beginning of September for the Winter Semester. The matriculation certificate will be valid only from the 1st of the respective month. You will need this certificate to convert your visa status issued upon entering Germany to a student resident status, open a German bank account, buy student health insurance, and obtain your student ID.

Starting from the summer semester of 2023, full-time students will have lectures on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Part-time students will have lectures on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays in their 1st and 2nd semester and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in their 3rd and 4th semester. This structure allows our students to work alongside their studies.

Yes. We encourage our students to work during their studies. However, you need to reserve at least one day per week for completing homework in addition to the teaching days.

If you are an EU citizen: You may continue your employment at a reduced number of workdays.

If you are a non-EU citizen: Students from non-EU countries are only permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year (voluntary internships included). Those who wish to work longer require the Federal Employment Agency and the Alien Registration Office permission. Obtaining permission depends on the labour market in one's place of residence.

The employment regulations for international students apply. Please check the DAAD-Homepage.


Students may be granted leave of absence for a good cause upon application. As a rule, a leave of absence can be granted for up to two semesters in total. The semester of leave of absence must be applied for before the start of lectures of the respective semester. Administrative fees of 168.70 € should be paid for the Break semester.

Please check Leave of absence on HFT website for detailed information.


You can express the interest while filling out the application form. The final decision should be made before the end of 2nd semester.

The Dual Degree MBA semester at LJMU takes place once a year in winter starting from mid-January. Upon completion of the lectures, you will write your joint Master Thesis in the next semester. The final submission and presentation for Master Thesis takes place at HFT.

There are several possibilities. Our advisory board members are always anxious to offer internships and job offers after you have completed your studies. Furthermore, you can have a look at our success stories.

The programme opens the possibility of doctoral programmes in Germany and abroad. The M.Eng. you will earn is worth 90 credit points (ECTS). The optional M.Eng.+MBA is worth 120 credit points (ECTS). Please compare with the admission requirements of the PhD programme you are interested in enrolling in.

The successful ASIIN Accreditation guarantees the high quality of the education you will receive. We were re-accredited in September 2017.

Beginning in 2023, the German embassy estimated the living costs to be about €930 a month. It includes about €350 rent for a room in a student residence. The remainder covers mandatory health insurance, a student ticket for public transport and other daily expenses like food etc. For further information, please get in touch with the International Student Office (ISO).

Health insurance is mandatory in Germany, and it is not possible to enroll for the study without proof of German health insurance. You can get public health insurance up until the age of 30. The International Student Office (ISO) will help you find private health insurance if you are older than 30.

If you are an EU citizen:

Students from EU countries usually get an International Health Insurance Card (EHIC - European Health Insurance Card) in their home country, which is also recognized in Germany (also by doctors). With this certificate, please register with another public health insurance company.

If you are a Non-EU citizen: Students from non-EU countries need to apply for insurance once in Germany. TK and AOK are two examples of public insurance. On their websites, you will find an indication of the monthly fee.

There is no student accommodation on the University Campus, but these can be found at different locations around Stuttgart. Please get in contact with the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart. for more information.

Public transportation usually takes up to 15 minutes to reach the University. The city of Stuttgart offers a student's 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 student's ID card you will get from the University, public transportation is free of charge each day from 6 pm until 6 am and for the whole weekend.


Name & Position E-Mail & Telephone
Jürgen Marc VolmProfessor / Studiendekan+49 711 8926 2325 8/3.26
Kristina SassenbergMitarbeiterin im Sekretariat+49 711 8926 2679 8/3.28
Amruta JayawantAkademische Mitarbeiterin+49 711 8926 2770 8/3.28