Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning
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.
For the Bachelor's Programe 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
The contents and qualifications of the Bachelor's study 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
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)
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Other institutes of different faculties at TU Wien also provide teaching programmes for these courses.
Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Vice Dean of Academic Affairs
Senior Lecturer DDipl.-Ing. BSc.
More Information and Contact
Dean's office of Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Staircase 3, 4th floor
Student Union Spatial Planning
Staircase 6, ground floor
Self Assessment Test
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.