Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning

Course ID

E 033 240 – Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning

Duration of course

6 semesters


180 ECTS

Certificate received upon completion

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Course programme
Info folder (German)

Info folder Spatial Planning pdf 1 MB

TU Wien attempts to support prospective students in their decision making phase for their studies, while ensuring the high and internationally recognized quality of their studies and teaching.

As of the winter semester 2019/20, there will be either admission or selection procedures (for bachelor's programmes with limited places) for all bachelor's programmes at TU Wien or a study preparation and reflection phase (PRe phase) for bachelor's programmes without place restrictions.

Details on the admission and selection procedure for the bachelor's programme Spatial Planning can be found here.

Spatial Planning

For the bachelor's programme in Spatial Planning, 200 places are available for each academic year. The allocation of the study places takes place in the context of a two-stage selection procedure.

Prerequisite für participating in the selection process is the Online-Registration in TU's own campus software TISS. The Online-Registration is carried out once a year before the start of the winter semester and is valid for the winter semester and for the following summer semester.

In the motivational letter, you are supposed to explain and justify why you would like to complete the bachelor's programme in spatial planning at TU Wien, and formulate your expectations regarding the course.

The motivational letter is to be written in German language and has to be uploaded during the Online-Registration.

! If the letter of motivation does not meet this requirements, this will lead to the exclusion from the selection process !

In the second stage of the admission procedure a written test is carried out. It will take place at the date fixed by the Rectorate of TU Wien and will be held in German.

The written test examines the basic understanding of spatial planning as well as the basic ability in the field of analytical thinking and general problem-solving competence.

The result of the admission procedure is determined solely by means of a point system during the written test.

The achieved results of the written test are ranked and lead to a ranking. The available study places are awarded to the applicants with the highest scores. If there is a tie, the lot decides. The result of the ranking will be announced to the students in the only personally visible TISS guest user account.

Applicants who have obtained a study place are admitted to the bachelor's programme in spatial planning at TU Wien until the end of the grace period for the winter or summer semester immediately following the completed admission procedure, providing the required evidence and fulfillment of the other Admission requirements (§§ 63 ff and 91 UG). Admission to a later semester is not permitted.

The admission takes place in the study department of the TU Vienna.

Students who have not been admitted in one academic year can participate in the admission procedure in the following academic years.

In case of repeated participation in the admission procedure, the whole process is to be completed each time.

Course content – why Spatial Planning?

In the recently revised bachelor's programme, students tackle spatial issues in all their geographical, physical and social dimensions. The bachelor's programme extends from the preparation and assimilation of spatial information and its methodical re-casting as knowledge, via the assessment and critical reflection of spatial qualities and demands, through the drafting of spatial concepts and the development of approaches and strategies to their implementation and evaluation.

The formation of communicative planning processes and the creation of the necessary legal certainty surrounding planning are two further significant aspects of spatial planning skills; and the discipline has to take explicit account of social diversity. Because of the many different aspects of spatial planning and the ways it is used, it connects with a number of areas in technology, social and natural sciences. With its aim of coordinating spatial developments and areas of activity, spatial planning as a specialist extracurricular subject has both an explicitly interdisciplinary and a trans-disciplinary role, bringing together as it does a wide range of different participants.

The content and qualifications offered by the bachelor's programme are divided into modules. The bachelor's programme consists of the following 19 modules:

  • fifteen compulsory modules worth 143 ECTS credits,
  • three optional modules worth a total of 18 ECTS credits, to be selected from a choice of 12 options,
  • one free choice module worth 19 ECTS credits.

The bachelor's programme consists of the following examination subjects:

  • Social and legal principles,
  • Methods and techniques in spatial planning,
  • Town and regional planning,
  • Instruments of planning and control,
  • Spatial planning project – Project I,
  • Spatial development planning – Project II,
  • General scientific training and
  • Bachelor's thesis.

The bachelor's programme in Urban and Regional Planning at TU Wien is the only one of its kind in Austria.

Given the way that the interdisciplinary subject of spatial planning interacts with so many aspects of life, work and the environment, the course prepares students for the many and varied professional options that are available in this field. Work in the area of spatial planning can be found:

  • in regional and local development planning in urban and rural environments,
  • in town planning, redevelopment and regeneration,
  • in traffic, infrastructure and environmental planning,
  • in site analysis and evaluation, estate management and project development,
  • in economic and structural policy, in town and regional marketing,
  • in political and economic consulting and in international development cooperation and
  • in spatial research institutes.

Courses in spatial planning take place at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning of TU Wien and specifically at the following institutes:

•    The Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (E260)  
•    The Department of Spatial Development and Infrastructure & Environmental Planning (E280)

Other institutes of different faculties at TU Wien also provide teaching programmes for these courses.

Dean of Studies

Arthur Kanonier

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.


Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Österreich

T +43 1 58801 280800

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Vice Dean of Studies

Thomas Dillinger

Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.


Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Österreich

T +43 1 58801 280702

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Student Counselling

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Architektur und Raumplanung
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1040 Wien

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Student Association

Student Association Land-Use Planning and Development

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Self Assessment Test

To provide you with a realistic self-assessment you can take this self-assessment test. The included tests and questionnaires provide you with an overview of the requirements we deem necessary for successful studies.