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Master of Arts in Architecture

The Master in Architecture is a consecutive, postgraduate course for graduates of the Bachelor in Architecture.
Similar to the bachelor’s degree, the design project is also the core of the master's degree. In the master's degree, the individual architectural abilities and interests of the students are, however, the decisive factor. In this connection, the focus is on demanding project-oriented and design-related work and at the same time research and development. The course includes a limited number of mandatory subjects, which must be successfully completed.

The Master in Architecture is based on the following guiding principles:

  • Disciplinarity as the basis for competence and excellence in one's chosen specialist area and for the built environment, in particular in the context of urban areas and metropolises, together with the ability to acquire and evaluate information and knowledge
  • Interdisciplinarity for holistic and responsible work, for understanding and appreciating neighbouring disciplines and as the prerequisite for creative co-operation
  • Transdisciplinarity via the transdisciplinary studies for reflective, artistic and communicative competence and the ability to deal with complex architecture and urban development tasks by being open to other perspectives and mindsets.


The projects of this course involve on the one hand interdisciplinary work with the specialised disciplines from the mandatory and elective modules of the first to third semesters and on the other hand, on a case-by-case basis, interdisciplinary work in joint co-operative projects with the Architectural Engineering, Geomatics, Urban Planning, Urban Development and Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP) master programmes available at the HCU. This co-operation partially takes place via our international contacts and as part of international exchanges.

Extracurricular activities involve:

  • Annual exhibition of the student projects
  • Excursions, either in the context of design projects
    or free excursions for training and culture, as well as drawing and painting excursions
  • Annual events on space, music and dance.


The degree course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor in Architecture. Over the period of the degree course, the students should further develop their own theoretical and practical approaches in terms of their specialist discipline, society and the environment. For this reason, it should be possible, taking into account the current debates, to view the respective individual work of the students in the context of architectural history and theory.

It is assumed that the master's degree students already have a solid foundation at the start of their master's degree, due to their primary degree with professional qualifications in the professional field of architecture, and are furthermore capable of understanding current questions and developments with regard to society, art, the economy and ecology and their interrelationships with architecture and are able to incorporate these into their work. The aim of the master's degree is to make its graduates particularly aware of new developments in modern societies in a globalised world so that they can discover the resulting architectural tasks and possibilities and provide plans for the corresponding implementation.

The prerequisite for successful and responsible actions in management positions is that a person knows their own strengths and weaknesses. For this reason, the students of the master's degree must be able to realistically assess their specific individual skills and interests in selected topics within the complex and interdisciplinary design and planning process, and must also be specially supported in their chosen topics. In light of the targeted work in an individual career specialisation and/or making one’s mark in a scientific field with the possibility of doing a doctorate, this appears particularly important for a subsequent independent activity in management positions.

Research is assigned an important role in the master's degree. Learning through research as well as the scientific and design work in the projects are explicitly promoted for the development of young scientists. You can find all the additional scientific qualification options in the Research School.

You can find detailed information here.


Prospective students: Please click here for further information on your application.


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