The profile of the interdisciplinary Master's degree program in Urban Planning (M.Eng.) lies in a practice-oriented education with a theoretical foundation. The course is taught by professors from the fields of urban planning and urban design (Dr. Christina Simon-Philipp, Dr. Gunther Laux, Dr. Philipp Dechow) as well as professors from the neighboring disciplines of architecture, mobility, open space, GIS and economics. Practice, teaching and research are practiced in a close context.

Teaching is supplemented by visiting professors and lecturers from the field. This results in close cooperation with planning and architecture offices, urban planning offices, ministries, development agencies and other universities.

The course deliberately carries the application-oriented degree title "Master of Engineering" and is recognized abroad.

Chamber of Architects

The Master's degree program in Urban Planning includes modules related to the professional tasks of urban planners with a total of 120 credit points and thus fulfills the requirements for registration in the list of urban planners of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects, depending on the Bachelor's degree (see below).

In the Bachelor's degree course (or when starting in a higher semester with another Master's degree), urban planning and urban design as well as urban building theory and urban planning history must have been taught. This is generally the case in all Bachelor's and Master's degree courses in architecture or urban planning at German colleges and universities.

Students with a Bachelor's degree in another subject area can also acquire the right to be entered on the list of urban planners if they catch up on the relevant skills during the course of their Master's degree. The degree program offers corresponding courses and advice on this.

Traineeship in urban and regional planning

The same applies to access to the higher civil engineering administrative service. The Master's degree in Urban Planning fulfills an important prerequisite for applying for a traineeship in urban planning in Baden-Württemberg (with the degree of Regierungsbaumeister:in). However, a holistic view of the Bachelor's and Master's degree courses is also taken here. In accordance with the career regulations of the Ministry of Regional Development and Housing, the Bachelor's degree program must already have strong links to urban and regional planning. In particular, it must therefore have taught skills in urban planning design. Here, too, it may be possible in individual cases to make up for individual content in the degree program by arrangement.


Application deadline

15 July EU countries
15 June Non-EU countries

Study time

4 semester full-time/ 6 semester part time

Study title

Master of Egineering (M.Eng.)

planning a city

Cities are changing, urban planning is a process-oriented discipline. We observe the living space of today and develop visions for the urban future. We investigate how we shape change by combining teaching, practice and research. Interdisciplinarity is part of our self-image. Why don't you plan with us?



Structure and goals
The aim of the study program is to train team-oriented urban planners with knowledge of urban design, urban development planning and urban renewal. The knowledge is supplemented by specializations, e.g. in project development, energy efficiency and urban design. Core elements of the study model are the integrated study projects, which extend over the entire semester. This allows students to apply their theoretically acquired knowledge directly to the semester project. Since the courses are largely held three to four days a week, it is possible to pursue a professional activity in parallel. The part-time model is recommended for employed persons. The Master's program is further developed together with the semester speakers and can now look back on its own history. The flexible study structure allows for further specializations. The Master has established itself as a full study program for integrated urban planning in Baden-Württemberg. Last reaccreditation 2024


Study focus

In the first semester, the focus is on urban development planning. Particular importance is attached here to the sub-modules study project urban development, mobility, landscape planning, regional and state planning, but also project development, land readjustment and housing strategies. The second semester focuses on urban planning. The urban design in the semester project is considered with topics such as mobility, open space, energy efficiency, urban land use planning, environmental justice, urban climatology, but also planning theories, planning and building code law and scientific work. In the third semester, the focus is on urban renewal. Topics of urban design, urban sociology, politics and management, redevelopment law and urban development funding but also the planning instruments of urban renewal and smart city play an important role. In the fourth semester, the program is completed with a master's thesis.




What I particularly like about the Master of Urban Planning at the HFT is the project-related, interdisciplinary and practical orientation, as well as the good supervision in the Course

Laura Gerstlauer, Student Master Stadtplanung

Fields of activity

The degree course prepares students for various fields of activity in the public and private sectors. The career prospects are excellent. Thanks to the integrated study model, graduates can flexibly familiarise themselves with new fields of work and build up their own specialisations. Some of them successfully complete their urban planning traineeship and take on management positions in public administration, while others have career prospects in urban research, housing and development companies and the real estate industry. There are also further occupational fields of an integrated understanding of planning in social, ecological and economic subject areas as well as the path to planning offices or self-employment.


Curriculum from winter semester 2024/2025

Focus on urban development planning

Integrated urban planning study project

Sustainable urban mobility planning

Open space

Energy-efficient urban development

Urban land use planning

Environmental justice

Urban climatology

Planning theories

Scientific work

Planning and building regulations law


Focus on urban design

Integrated study project urban development

Landscape planning

Mobility development planning

Methods of public participation

Digital planning tools

Regional and state planning

Project development

Land readjustment and evaluation

Housing strategies



Focus on urban renewal

Integrated study project urban renewal

Urban design

Urban Sociology

Policy and management

Planning instruments of urban renewal

Special urban planning law

Smart City



Optional module 16 CP distributed over 3 semesters

Special subjects, competitions, specialisations, workshops, offers from other disciplines...



Introduction to the Master Thesis

City research

Master Thesis

Presentation of the Master Thesis




Admission requirements for the Master programme

An above-average university degree with at least 180 credit points according to the European Transfer System (ECTS) obtained at a German university or at a comparable foreign university in the fields of urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture/landscape planning, geography, infrastructure management or other spatially related, planning-relevant disciplines. All applicants must have a good active knowledge of the English language in order to be able to follow English-language courses.Applicants whose native language is not German must prove sufficient knowledge of German by passing a German language examination. E.g. German language examination for university admission (DSH), Großes oder Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe-Institut, Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) at least on Level 4.

Application documents and application for admission

The application is made exclusively online via our application portal at

All documents, portfolio etc. required for the application can be uploaded there. An additional written form is no longer necessary. All attachments required for the application:

    Tabular curriculum vitae with photograph
    A letter of application with motivation letter and exposé
    Explanation full-time or part-time (will be asked for in the online tool)

the following documents as officially certified documents:

    Certificate of higher education entrance qualification (for foreign degrees, also a German certified translation)
    Certificate of first degree. For foreign degrees, an additional German certified translation.
    or: a certified grade sheet of all examinations required in the first degree (except for the degree certificate)
    Residence permit (for non-EU citizens)
    Proof of German language skills (e.g. DSH, or equivalent tests, required for applicants whose native language is not German).



Teaching, practice and research are closely interlinked in the Master's programme in Urban Planning (Link HFT-Research ZNS). We conduct research in interdisciplinary teams and apply a variety of research methods. Teaching research projects are particularly important to us. Dissertations are supervised in cooperation with universities throughout Germany. Our research focuses on: sustainable urban development, energetic neighbourhood development, housing heritage of the 1950s to 1970s, city and region, urban centres, public space and mobility, experimental urban space, title and cover of recent publications, including:


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Prof. Dr. Gunther Laux

Professor of Urban Design, Urban Planning, Architect, Urban Planner SRL, Own Office for Architecture and Urban Development since 1996, Managing Partner Laux Architekten GmbH

Prof. Dr. Philipp Dechow

Dean of Studies, Professor of Urban Design, Urban Planning

Prof. Dr. Christina Simon-Philipp

Professor of Urban Development and Urban Planning, Architect, Urban Planner, DASL, dwb, SRL, Network urbi_et: stadt_forschung_praxis, Office Stuttgart

Henning Mackwitz, M.Eng. Academic Assistant

0711 8926 2618



Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
Master-Studiengang Stadtplanung
Fakultät Architektur und Gestaltung
Schellingstraße 24
70174 Stuttgart

Dean of master programm

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Dechow
Telefon +49 (0)711 8926 2618
Fax +49 (0)711 8926 2594
Raum 8/3.10, Bau 8, Breitscheidstr. 5

Acadamic Assistant

Henning Mackwitz, M.Eng.
Telefon +49 (0)711 8926 2618
Fax +49 (0)711 8926 2594
Raum 8/3.28, Bau 8, Breitscheidstr. 5

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