The Master’s Degree in Architecture is the second degree on the path to vocational qualification as a professional architect and paves the way for you to
work as a freelance architect in your own right. In addition to research-oriented
architectural education, communication and presentation skills are communicated
as part of the design coursework, so that when you graduate you are optimally
prepared for the job market.
The complexity and diversity of the education offered in the consecutive Master’s
Degree in Architecture also enables you to pursue further postgraduate and
specialist study programmes as well as academic qualifications such as a doctoral
degree or Ph. D.
Please consider that the M.Sc. Architecture is in German language.
The four-semester long study course comprises design projects, lectures and seminars as well as a final Master Thesis project and is divided into two sets of
a) The design and project-oriented coursework consists to 70% of project modules that comprise both design work as well as design-related seminars. One project module is to be completed per semester culminating in the final Master Thesis in the fourth semester.
b) The second set of modules comprises accompanying lectures and courses that cover the teaching of theoretical, historical, technical, constructional and design knowledge. This set of modules consists of compulsory and elective modules. The required combination of study and examination credits is detailed in the study plan and curriculum of the Master Study and Examination Regulations.
The project module (design project and seminar) in each semester is a project offered jointly by different departments. This gives students the opportunity to examine design tasks of greater complexity that encompass aspects from different subject areas. Each of the participating departments provides guidance and support during the project. At the beginning of each semester, students are able to choose from different project modules.
The accompanying compulsory modules may complement one another and provide subject-related knowledge to supplement the project module. For the electives, students can choose to take courses provided by other faculties or outside of the university.
Periods of study spent abroad are expressly encouraged during the second or third semester. In each year, numerous exchange programme places are available at distinguished European and international universities. Credits from study courses taken abroad will be recognised as set out in the course’s Study and Examination Regulations.
The standard duration of studies for the Master’s Degree Course in Architecture is four semesters. The Master Thesis project is undertaken in the fourth semester. This thesis can be a theoretical or scientific, a technical or constructional piece of work or a design project. After completion and defence of the Master Thesis, the Faculty of Architecture awards the student the academic degree of »Master of Science« (M. Sc.).
If you earned your bachelor’s degree and wish to develop your scientific skills and expertise in the field of architecture further, then apply for admission to our master’s degree programme in Architecture.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or Diplom in Architecture and pass an entrance examination.
Please consider that the M.Sc. Architecture is in German language. A proof of sufficient language proficiency for university study in Germany (DSH-2 or TestDaF TDN 4) will be required.
The programme begins in the winter semester.
Application to participate in the entrance examination
Entrance examination means that a commission will check your documents and will give a vote.
If you wish to take the entrance examination, please submit the following documents:
- Completed and signed online application form
- CV in tabular form, letter of motivation, max. one page (DIN A4)
- Certified (and translated) copy of your bachelor’s degree, Diplom certificate or equivalent university degree (If the certificate is not available at the time of application, the candidate may submit a certified grade transcript which exceeds 150 ECTS credits and includes a cumulative GPA.)
- The so called "Modulkatalog" (detailed description of study content) of the university in which you concluded your bachelor studies
- Transcript of records
- Documentation of previous academic and practical work (portfolio of no more than 15 sheets, DIN A4) with candidate’s selection of self-produced projects (including declaration of authorship)
- Details about practical experience and any preparation for advanced study (in list form with certificates/references, if available)
- For international applicants: Proof of language proficiency for university study in Germany (at least DSH-2 or TestDaF TDN 4) - to be sent with your application
- A self-addressed, stamped envelope (size DIN C6)
The purpose of the entrance examination is to demonstrate the candidate’s artistic skills, understanding of constructive-technical concepts, the capacity for complex thinking, and a high degree of professional motivation. The assessment is based on the cumulative GPA of the first professional qualifying degree and evaluation of the portfolio, letter of motivation and practical experience.
The process can be supplemented by a personal interview at which the candidate describes his/her motivation and what kind of prior practical experience he/she has gained in the field.
Submissions by fax or e-mail are not accepted. Enclose all documents in one envelope and send by post to:
Dekanat der Fakultät Architektur
- Master Architektur -
Application deadline for participation in the entrance examination
The application deadline for participation in the next entrance examination is 15 July, which means the Faculty of Architecture must receive all your documents by 15 July at the latest, regardless of the postmark.
The entrance examination is evaluated on the basis of the required application documents at the end of July for enrolment in the winter semester.
If the admissions board wishes to speak with you personally, you will receive an invitation by e-mail to an interview in advance.
Students may enrol in this master’s degree programme in Architecture (M.Sc.) only after passing the entrance examination.
The enrolment period ends on 30 September for the winter semester. For more information about enrolment procedures, click here. The assessment is valid only for the academic year for which the candidate has applied for enrolment.
The profession of the architect has changed and expanded dramatically in recent years. Since the end of the 20th century, architects have begun working in many new areas, for example building in existing built contexts, supervision and steering of urban development processes, and renovation, conversion and historic conservation.
As graduates with a Master’s Degree in Architecture, you will be able to participate actively in shaping the built environment, to design living and urban spaces and realise designs, concepts and studies. As a designer, expert in construction and coordinator, you are able to work at the junction between planning, construction and the client. As a team player, you are able to coordinate and moderate decision-making processes in the design, planning and construction phases. A study of our alumni shows that M. Sc. graduates work as qualified architects in industry, the construction sector, national and local public authorities as well as in the field of project management and facility management.
Many graduates have also gone on to work in the education sector and pursue a doctoral qualification. A Master’s degree also opens up the possibility for further vocational qualification, for example in public administration (civil service), public relations, the social sciences and art.