The PhD program in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) is dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary, international, interactive, and intercultural education. Building upon our success as a pioneering Master’s program, this PhD program aims to cultivate a new generation of experts, decision-makers, practitioners, and academics. Our core vision combines academic excellence with on-the-ground actions to provide students with a transformative learning experience and unlock boundless opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

This immersive learning experience fosters a collaborative environment where students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds can engage with real-world issues, develop sustainable solutions, and contribute to the global dialogue on urbanism and design. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that students gain comprehensive knowledge and practical skills, enabling them to shape the future of cities worldwide. 

 Duration of study: 

Duration of study is determined by the number of semesters allowed (fall and spring only, not including summer semesters), as the following: 

Ph.D. Duration of Study (Semester)
Minimum Maximum
6 10


The student must complete 18 credit hours of courses from the approved course lists and prepare a scientific thesis equivalent to 36 credit hours, totaling at least 54 credit hours to earn the Ph.D. degree.


Start of the program 

For the Fall Semester 24/25, the study period will start in September 2024 

Who can apply and How: (Eligibility and application requirements) 

Applicants with an M.Sc. in engineering or equivalent academic degrees as recognized by Ain Shams University or a Master’s degree in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design, regardless of their original major.  

To apply, please fill in our application form and make sure that you submit the following documents : 

  1. A filled in Application form 
  2. A Bachelor’s degree certificate issued by a recognized Egyptian or foreign university. 
  3. A Master’s degree certificate issued by a recognized Egyptian or foreign university 
  4. A certificate of English proficiency from accredited bodies locally, regionally, internationally, or its alternative. 

*Whoever applies is required to submit evidence proving that he has obtained an International English Language Proficiency Certificate (IELTS) with a grade point average of 6.5, or (TOEFL) with a grade point average of 79. It is also permissible to obtain a local exam certificate from Ain Shams University (TELP) with a score of 550. The programme board may exempt the applicant from this condition if there is proof of previous studies entirely in English or in case English is the applicant’s mother tongue.  

       5. A signed CV.  

       6. Two letters of recommendation (English, no longer than 350 words each) 

         Letters need to be signed and dated; one from an academic authority and the other from a work   authority.

       7. A motivation letter  (English, no longer than 350words) 

          Please Note: The recommended content for your motivation letter is as follows: Why are you interested in this specific program – its content and its focus? What special qualifications and skills did you gain through your previous academic career that are relevant to this program and that you can build on? What specific professional experience do you have that will contribute to the aims of this program? How do you hope to develop your career after receiving the PhD degree? 

      8. A preliminary research proposal of 2500 words maximum (excluding references) outlining the research objectives, methodology, and significance 

      9. A sample of your scientific writing, preferably a published article. If not, you may send your MSc. thesis. 

     10. A copy of the national ID card or passport 


Please send all the required documents as PDF files with title + your name to  From 01.06.2024 till 20.07.2024 (For winter 2024/25) 


It will take a maximum of 4 weeks from the end of the call to assess all documents based on the following criteria: 

  • The fulfillment of our requirements 
  • The scientific quality of the research proposal 
  • The relevance of the research proposal 
  • The quality of the CV, motivation letter, and the scientific writing sample 

Following a favorable result, we will invite you for an interview in person or via Teams. Afterward, we will determine whether you are accepted as a PhD candidate. 

       A. For Egyptian Students: 

The Study fees of IUSD-Cairo for Egyptian students are calculated based on the number of Credit Hours (CH) the student registers at the beginning of each semester. 

The value of one CH is set to 2000 EGP. These fees cover course offerings, access to lab equipment, computer systems & libraries, and facility upkeep.  

Also, there is an administrative fee of 5849 EGP/for the 1st academic year and 5816 EGP for the following academic years. 

* The value of the CH is subjected to Annual Revision through the IUSD-ASU steering committee board 


       B. For International Students: 

The study fees of IUSD-Cairo are set at 5500 Euros for each academic year**. 

**These Fees incl. administration fees, course offerings, access to lab equipment, computer systems & libraries, and facility upkeep. 

Given the question received and requests for clarification regarding:

  1. The potential of having a Joint or Double PhD degree
  2. The expected form of the PhD thesis between Monograph and paper-based

The program will shortly issue two memos to explain the program’s position on these two issues.


  1. -Is the PhD program a double degree between Ain Shams and the University of Stuttgart like the master’s program?

MSc is a structured Degree with a standard program and a fixed short time for individual research, allowing our long-term cooperation and partnership with the University of Stuttgart, for which we are at ASU very proud of and will continue our strategic partnership on all fronts.

PhD is a more individualized degree that further builds on the individual research interests and capacities of the students and the supervisors. Given the depth and breadth of the PhD research, it is not possible to offer this double degree at the application stage but rather after the student’s successful completion of the core courses and the formulation of the revised and updated PhD research proposal. At this stage, communication with collaborating universities will take place. Students are also advised to bring in their own networks and potential international supervisors to investigate the potential of having a PhD in Joint, Double, Channel, Co-supervised, or a single degree from Ain Shams University.


  1. Is the thesis paper-based (accumulative) or Monograph thesis?

IUSD offers both options of paper-based (accumulative) or Monograph thesis for a PhD degree. However, this should be made clear at the application stage and within the preliminary proposal submitted as part of the application. This choice will be further fixed after the applicant passes the core courses and submits the revised research proposal to be approved by the Program Research Committee. Transferring at any stage from one track to the other requires a revised and updated research report and proposal with justification of the transfer. The transfer is to be approved by the research committee and might require the approval of the program board based on the research stage.


  1. Where can I find more information on the fees and scholarship opportunities?

You may find more information on the fees at the following link.

At the moment, we do not offer scholarship opportunities directly. However, applicants are encouraged to seek their own funding through scholarships or grants. Our program can support accepted candidates in their funding applications. Applicants could also apply for Fellowships in the program, but IUSD cannot guarantee success in obtaining them.

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