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Sustainable Planning and Design

In A Nutshell

Master program:
Sustainable Planning and Design M.Eng.
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Program form:
Full-time, consecutive Master's degree
Program structure:
3 semesters (incl. Master's thesis), 90 ECTS
Program start:
summer semester (March 15)
winter semester (October 1)
Admission requirements:
Undergraduate degree in civil engineering or closely related subjects (with applicable knowledge in civil engineering);
GPA of at least 2.5 or better (German grading system)
or: GPA of at least 3.0 and grade of final thesis 2.0 or better
or: GPA that places the applicant among the top 50% of graduates at their university
Instruction Language:
German (level C1 required)
accredited by ACQUIN
from May 2 to July 15 (for winter semester) - extended until September 30
from November 15 to January 15 (for summer semester)


Energy, raw materials, and construction land are becoming scarcer around Europe and the world. This also changes the challenges that civil engineers face. New buildings must be planned in order to save resources. In addition, new resources can be generated by recycling existing materials. The Master's program in "Sustainable Planning and Design" gives civil engineers with Bachelor's / Diplom degrees and graduates from related subject areas (with applicable knowledge in civil engineering) the possibility of studying in detail the efficient use of raw materials and energy in planning, building, operation, and demolition of buildings and infrastructure as well as their restoration. At the same time, the program deepens already existing skills in certain focus areas.


Research and Practice

The Master's program at Coburg University is very application-oriented and creates strong contacts in the professional world. In the Master's thesis, students can work on practical topics in cooperation with partners from the construction industry, public agencies, or planning firms. They also have the possibility of working on interesting scientific questions with research institutions.

Structure of the Program

The Master's program provides basic qualifications in the following areas:

  • Resource-optimized design of engineered structures
  • Ecological aspects of construction (raw materials, regenerative energies, CO2 balance)
  • Materials management (material cycles, demolition and recycling, life cycle views)
  • Certification procedure in the environmental field
  • Social and cultural aspects of construction
  • Planning processes (waste, environmental law) and evaluation procedure

Key qualifications are provided in:

  • Work technologies, communication, rhetorics
  • Office organization, personnel management, and conflict management
  • Business administration and business foundation

In this area of specialization, students put together a module combination that comprises the following focus areas:

  • Construction engineering
  • Traffic, water, and environmental planning

In an interdisciplinary project in the third semester, students work together with colleagues from other areas of specialization.

Curriculum and Examination Regulations

The [module plan]* provides an overview of the structureof the program. The [module manual]* provides information about the content of the individual modules. The [study and exmaniation regulations]* form the legal basis for the study program.

*only available in german at the moment

Job Perspectives

The construction industry is booming both here in Germany and abroad. And the challenges for future specialists and managers in the construction industry are growing. The search is on for civil engineers who work towards the efficient and sustainable use of resources and who have modern know-how and the skills to understand other specialized disciplines. Graduates of this civil engineering Master's program are able to assume specialist and management responsibilities in the construction and real estate industries or planning firms, or can be hired for higher ranking positions in the public sector.

Cooperative doctoral studies

Graduates with a good Master's degree can continue to work in academia and research after completing the Master’s program. They can write their dissertation at Coburg University and get their Ph.D. in cooperation with a university - for instance via the TechnologieAllianzOberfranken.


Application and Admission Requierements

Admission requirements

  • Diplom or Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 (German grading system) or a GPA that places the applicant among the top 50% of graduates at their university.
    Applicants with a GPA of least 3.0 may be admitted if the grade of their final thesis is 2.0 or better
  • Fields of core program: Civil engineering or related subjects with a strong focus on construction or urban development and applicable knowledge in civil engineering
  • At least seven semesters (210 ECTS), including a required internship semester, or six semesters (180 ECTS), or a six-semester program (180 ECTS) without required internship semester. The missing internship period must be made up at least one year after the start of the program.


Here you can find all the important information about evaluating your school-leaving certificates and learning German in order to start a master program at the University of Coburg.

Since the program is taught in German, you also have to prove your knowledge in German before the start of studies (level C1/C2).

Status: December 2019.

Further and current informations can also be found on the German website of this course.