Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning

Programme Code

UE 033 240 – Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning

Duration of Programme

6 semesters


180 ECTS




Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Info folder (German)

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Programme Contents

Students deal with space in its geographical, physical and social dimensions. The spectrum ranges from the compilation and consolidation of spatial information and its methodical transformation into knowledge to the assessment and critical reflection of spatial challenges, the design of spatial concepts and the development of measures and strategies to their implementation and evaluation. The design of communicative planning processes and the creation of the necessary legal certainty of planning are two essential facets of spatial planning competences. Due to the diverse approaches and approaches, spatial planning draws on different theoretical and methodological concepts from the technical, social and natural sciences and applies them to questions of the spatial development of cities and regions.

Admission procedure

For the Bachelor's Programme 200 programme places per year are allocated in a two-stage admission procedure (motivation letter and ranking test). More information is available at the admission procedure site.

Examination Subjects and Modules of the Bachelor's Programme

Schematic representation of the examination subjects of Spatial Planning. These are described in more detail below.

The contents and qualifications of the Bachelor's Programme are taught through "modules". The Bachelor's degree programme consists of the following 19 modules:

  • 12 compulsory modules totalling 150 ECTS points.
  • Two elective modules totalling 12 ECTS points, which can be chosen from a range of 14 elective modules.
  • One module "Free choice and transferable skills" totalling 18 ECTS points.

The Bachelor's degree programme "Spatial Planning and Development" is divided into the following examination subjects with the modules assigned to them:

Fundamentals of spatial planning

Compulsory module 1: Initial study and orientation phase

Compulsory module 2: Theoretical foundations

Spatial planning in theory and practice

Compulsory module 3: Planning basics

Elective module 1: Landscape as a resource

Elective Module 3: Mobility and Traffic

Elective module 4: Cooperation: Region

Elective module 6: Tourism development

Elective Module 9: Communication and Participation

Elective module 13: Climate-friendly spatial planning

Elective module 14: Topics in spatial planning

Methods and Techniques of Spatial Planning

Compulsory module 4: Methods and techniques 1

Compulsory Module 5: Methods and Techniques 2

Elective module 11: Visutech

Spatial planning design

Compulsory module 6: Fundamentals of spatial planning design

Compulsory module 7: Spatial planning/urban design

Elective module 2: Projects, processes and instruments of urban development

Spatial development planning

Compulsory module 8: Fundamentals of spatial development planning

Compulsory module 9: Spatial development planning

Planning instruments and strategies

Compulsory module 10: Planning instruments

Compulsory module 11: Theoretical and planning deepening

Elective Module 5: Sustainable urban development

Elective Module 7: Management of (Public) Enterprises

Elective Module 8: Project Management and Infrastructure Economics

Elective module 10: Legal aspects in planning processes

Elective Module 12: International Urban Studies

General scientific education

Compulsory Module 12: Free Electives and Transferable Skills

Bachelor thesis

Compulsory module 13: Bachelor's thesis

The Bachelor's degree programme in Spatial Planning and Development is offered in Austria exclusively at the TU Wien.

Further information about the programme

The ability to analyse, a fact-based decision-making competence, an instrument-based assertiveness and the ability to work in a team are among the qualities required of spatial planners. Innovation and creativity are therefore not fashionable buzzwords, but indispensable prerequisites for using the advantages of routines on the one hand, and for recognising and shaping the scope for action on the other. In the spatial planning degree programme, special emphasis is therefore placed on project work.

Spatial planners usually work in complex, interdisciplinary contexts. The fields of work of spatial planning can be found, for example

  • in regional or municipal development planning in urban and rural areas,
  • in urban development, urban redevelopment and urban renewal,
  • in transport, infrastructure and environmental planning,
  • in location analysis and evaluation, in real estate management and project development,
  • in economic development and structural policy, in urban and regional marketing,
  • in political and economic consultancy or in international development cooperation, and
  • in spatially related research institutions.

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), opens in new window

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

Dean of Academic Affairs

Thomas Dillinger

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

Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

Kurt Weninger

Senior Lecturer DDipl.-Ing. BSc.

More Information and Contact

Dean's office of Faculty of Architecture and Planning

Karlsplatz 13
Staircase 3, 4th floor
1040 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 58801 25001
Website of the Dean's office, opens an external URL in a new window

Student Union

Student Union Spatial Planning

Karlsplatz 13
Staircase 6, ground floor
1040 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 58801 49557 
Website of the Student Union, opens an external URL in a new window

Self Assessment Test

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