Leibniz Universität Hannover: M.Sc. Architecture and Urban Design
Standard length of study: 4 semesters
Environmentally sound structures for living, working and leisure-time activities, as well as respect for natural resources are at the centre of the master’s programme in architecture and urban design. The aim is to train forward-thinking and self-confident planners. The master’s programme provides the opportunity to choose individual specializations while reinforcing skills acquired e.g. during a bachelor’s programme in architecture, landscape architecture or urban design.
At the centre of the master’s programme in Architecture and Urban Design at Leibniz Universität Hannover are architectural and town-planning design and its realization through construction. The close interrelation of design and construction forms the core of the practice-oriented teaching at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences. Above and beyond this, it is of particular importance for sustainable education to extend students’ knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, planning and engineering as these disciplines affect the professional field of the architect. Intensive collaboration with the Department of Landscape Sciences provides the opportunity for interdisciplinary work, which is a unique setup in Germany. The aim of the programme is to provide future architects with extensive training and prepare them for solving their tasks in society in a responsible way.
The curriculum is directed towards reinforcing skills acquired e.g. during a bachelor’s programme in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design. For professional activity in Architecture and Urban Design, further skills are demonstrated and developed through essentially independent, artistic and/or scientific work – each student sets up his or her own “learning biography”, which is supported by a professor. As far as subject options are concerned, students select modules from the standard catalogue according to their individual interests. In the area “learning biography”, students develop their own personal specialization from the first semester onwards. This individual part is incorporated into one of the core research areas of the faculty, and gains in importance during the programme, ending in the master’s thesis.
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The desire of every master’s student to take on more independence and responsibility for their own future is a reason why they are invited to determine a significant part of their course contents for themselves. Within the framework of a standard catalogue of courses offered by the institutes, students follow their inclinations and abilities and the topics they wish to pursue. Designing their own curriculum allows them to integrate further elements, ideally spanning other faculties or even universities, into their studies.
This individual part gains in importance during the programme, ending in the master’s thesis. Each student is supported on his or her personal journey by a mentor, whose task is to advis, and to support communication in and with the faculty.
Fields of Employment
A BSc degree in Architecture and the MSc in Architecture and Urban Design together provide the academic requirements for obtaining the formal professional qualification of an architect. To be accepted into a German Chamber of Architecture, further state-specific requirements have to be met. Apart from work in an architect’s office, a wide variety of further professional fields of activity are open to graduates of the degree programme in architecture. These include careers in building and planning authorities, at universities and colleges, in editorial offices or other creative areas of the private sector.
Admission requirement for the master’s degree course is a bachelor’s or a comparable degree in Architecture or Urban Design.
At the beginning of the master’s programme, students must provide evidence of an internship that lasted at least 3 months.
During the 4-semester programme, it is possible to integrate a stay abroad (either studying or internship) of 1 or 2 semesters' duration.
You can find further information here on the website of the University.