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Architecture and Urban Design (M.Sc.)

The consecutive Master's degree program B1 Architecture and Urban Design provides in-depth technical, artistic and scientific knowledge across the entire width of the subject, the intellectual foundations and scientific specialization in selected areas, leading to further scientific qualifications in teaching and research (doctorate) and an outstanding professional qualification for construction planning. The in-depth practice of the areas of design, construction, history and theory as well as urban design within the interdisciplinary Dortmunder Modell enables students to independently and reflectively apply the knowledge they have acquired and to work independently and methodically, which they demonstrate in their final thesis.

At the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at TU Dortmund University, architects and civil engineers are trained together in the Dortmunder Modell. This model is unique in Germany and embodies a teaching concept that aims to teach interdisciplinary teamwork with the other engineers involved in the construction process in addition to thorough subject-specific training in their own discipline. The projects that are worked on jointly by architecture and civil engineering students in teams play a key role in learning this cooperation. Realistic planning tasks are used to create the basis for later successful collaboration in practice.

By successfully completing the Master's degree program, graduates have proven that they are qualified for subsequent academic work in the field of research and development and for independent technical implementation in planning and execution, e.g. as project managers in architectural offices, as independent freelance architects, as experts, for management positions in the construction industry, for managerial positions in project development companies and in the higher public service.

All important documents for your studies: general information, examination regulations, study plans, module handbooks and optional subjects catalogs and guidelines for BaföG as well as the examination plans can be found under Study Content | Examination Matters.

Formalities / Application Architecture and Urban Design (M.Sc.)

Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Qualification goals Outstanding professional qualification for construction planning (project architect in architectural offices, self-employed freelance work, management tasks in the construction industry, leading project development, etc.) Chamber qualification, qualification for further academic qualification as part of a doctorate
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credits / Workload 120 ECTS / 3,600 hours
Language of instruction German
Admission restrictions no
Start of studies Winter and summer semester
Admission requirements The admission requirement (see also the corresponding examination regulations) for the Master's degree course in Architecture and Urban Design is a six-semester Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Science) in Architecture and Urban Design at the Technical University of Dortmund. For applicants with a different degree, the application documents to be submitted will be used to check whether the existing degree is equivalent to the required degree or whether there is particular potential for successful completion of the Master's degree program. As a rule, equivalence is given if the course and examination achievements essentially correspond in content, scope and requirements to those of the Bachelor's degree course in Architecture and Urban Design at the Technical University of Dortmund. This is not a schematic comparison but an overall consideration and assessment. The determination is made by the examination board.
Enrollment for students of TU Dortmund University All year round, even during lecture periods. TU Dortmund University students submit an application to change their course of study (
Enrollment for students from other universities Online enrolment/application can be made from approx. mid-January (start of studies for the summer semester) or from approx. mid-June (start of studies for the winter semester) at the Registrar's Office at In addition to online enrolment (with the documents to be submitted for this purpose), application documents (transcript of records, short letter of motivation, portfolio max. 10 pages A4 printed on both sides, CV, references if applicable, etc.) must be sent to the Registrar's Office in paper form. As it can take up to six weeks to check the application documents including the administrative process, the application should be received at least six weeks before the start of the semester - at the beginning of September at the latest for the winter semester and at the beginning of March at the latest for the summer semester. Enrolment after the start of the semester is only possible in exceptional cases.
Enrolment for international students International students can apply to the International Office from March 15 to July 15 (for the winter semester) or from November 15 to January 15 (for the summer semester). In addition to online enrollment (with the documents to be submitted for this purpose), application documents (transcript of records, short letter of motivation, portfolio max. 10 pages A4 printed on both sides, CV, references if applicable, etc.) must be uploaded digitally to the International Office.
Contact details

Student secretariat

International Office

Specializations The specializations with the corresponding subject groups are listed in the module handbook. The elective subjects of the subject groups can be found in the WPF catalog. If the credit points of the specialization modules are not acquired within a specialization, no specialization is stated on the certificate. When registering for the first element of the specialization, students should inform the examination administration of their intended specialization. The information may be changed.
Internships none
Semester fees Information on the semester fees can be found here.