Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning
- Programme Code
UE 033 240 – Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning
- Duration of Programme
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
The Bachelor's Programme Spatial Planning at TU Wien deals with how space in cities and regions can be used, designed and organized. This involves topics such as urban development, transport, environmental protection and architecture, which are viewed from a geographical, physical and social perspective.
You will learn how to create plans and concepts for sustainable development of cities and regions, how to unite the interests of all stakeholders and comply with legal regulations, and how to communicate and implement the results.
Graduates of the programme are in high demand and can work, for example, in city planning offices, private planning offices or research institutions.
For the Bachelor's Programme Spatial Planning, 200 places are allocated each year in a two-stage Admission Procedure. After you have registered online, you must write a letter of motivation, submit it online and then take part in a ranking test.
Current information can be found on the Admission Procedure page.
Further information about the programme
The most important things to be successful in the spatial planning programme are the ability to work in a team, personal responsibility and organization, creativity and technical affinity. You do not need to be proficient in drawing or graphics programs. These skills are taught in individual courses.
Many of the courses in both the bachelor's and master's programs require collaborative work. You can largely design your course of study individually within the framework of the curriculum. This allows you to tailor your studies to your personal circumstances, such as employment. However, we advise you to follow the recommended sequence.
Apart from the formal conditions for admission, you do not have to meet any other requirements. For example, you do not need any prior knowledge of drawing or graphics programs to apply for the programme. You must register online in the campus software TISS, opens an external URL in a new window to participate in the Admission Procedure.
If you are accepted through the Admission Procedure, you may apply for admission to the Bachelor's Programme in Spatial Planning until the end of the general admission period for the winter or summer semester. You must meet the required credentials and other admission requirements. The admission takes place in the admission office of TU Wien.
If you have any questions about your programme, you can contact the Student Union, opens an external URL in a new window and the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, opens an external URL in a new window.
The contents of the Programme are divided into different modules. A module consists of individual courses or courses with related content. You must complete these in order to complete the module. Thematically similar modules are combined into examination subjects. These examination subjects appear on the degree certificate with the overall grade achieved upon completion of the programme.
The scope of courses and modules is expressed in ECTS points. One ECTS point represents 25 hours of work.
The Bachelor's Programme Spatial Planning is composed of the following examination subjects and modules.
The mandatory foundation modules are:
- Study Entry and Orientation Phase: Theoretical Basics as well as Study Entry and Orientation Phase
- Spatial Planning in Theory and Practice: Planning Basics
- Methods and Techniques of Spatial Planning: Methods and Techniques of Spatial Analysis 1 and 2
- Spatial Planning Design: Fundamentals of Spatial Planning Design and Spatial Planning/Urban Planning Design
- Spatial Development Planning: Fundamentals of Spatial Development Planning and Spatial Development Planning
- Planning Instruments and Strategies: Planning Instruments as well as Theoretical and Planning Deepening
From the module group of elective modules you have to complete two modules of 6 ECTS each.
In addition, you must complete 18 ECTS from a catalog of Free Electives and Transferable Skills.
Finally, you have to write your Bachelor's thesis.
More detailed information can be found in the curriculum in TISS, opens an external URL in a new window.
The focus of the programme is on design and project work and on learning theoretical and practical basics. This includes, in particular, becoming familiar with planning instruments, the methods of spatial analysis as well as the different planning levels of spatial planning from neighborhood planning to urban planning to regional planning.
An individual focus is set in the elective modules. Here, you can choose between the following depending on your interests:
- Resource Landscape
- Processes and instruments of urban development
- Traffic in space
- Cooperation Region
- Sustainable urban development
- Tourism development
- Management of (public) enterprises
- Project management and infrastructure economics
- Communication and participation
- Legal aspects in planning processes
- International urban studies
- Climate-friendly spatial planning
Climate change is a major problem for our society. Spatial planning must respond by developing practical solutions to deal with it or at least reduce its impact.
There are many important issues that spatial planning deals with. For example, we need to make sure that we don't destroy or divide up our landscape. We also need to make sure we use renewable energy and sustainable transportation systems. And we need to protect the soil in order to produce enough food and maintain a diversity of animal and plant species.
These issues are important not only for us, but also for the world as a whole. We need to address global developments, such as a clean energy supply, affordable housing for all people, and a more equitable distribution of resources. Spatial planning plays an important role in ensuring that these developments also happen in harmony with nature.
Spatial planners are in high demand and receive a corresponding academic salary. Due to the different employers, the actual salaries vary.
As a spatial planner, you will often work in complex and interdisciplinary contexts. Fields of work are for example
- in regional or municipal development planning in urban and rural areas
- in urban planning, urban redevelopment and urban renewal
- in transport, infrastructure and environmental planning
- in political and economic consulting or in international development cooperation.
Spatial planners do different things to help solve problems related to spatial and urban planning. They work on different levels and in different contexts and have to consider many different interests. Some combination of the following tasks is always required:
- analysis of physical, geographic and social space
- spatial research and consulting
- spatial planning design and drafting
- design of planning processes
- communication, mediation and negotiation of space and spatial planning
- Establishment of spatial agreements, liabilities and legal certainty
As a graduate of the Bachelor's Programme Spatial Planning you will find many different employers:
- in public administration, such as city planning offices and regional associations
- in private planning offices or as independent civil engineers
- in companies working in spatial, urban or regional planning, transport, infrastructure and environmental planning
- in other private companies, especially in the field of real estate and location development
- in associations, interest groups or other non-governmental organizations
- in scientific and research institutions
Climate change and the sustainable and responsible use of resources are important topics that are intensively researched in spatial planning and play a role in every research area. These include questions about sustainable mobility concepts (e.g. e-mobility, shared mobility), the energy transition and spatial planning solutions or local climate experiments.
Another important topic is "Housing and living in the city". Here, the focus is on topics such as housing in the city, social housing and affordable housing. The study of vacancies and the impact of expensive housing in some neighborhoods are also research topics.
We also research the supply of important services in an area, issues around migration (potentials of integration, cross-border migration) or the impact of automated driving.
The Spatial Planning programme is very broad and well-trained spatial planners can contribute to finding answers to many social questions.
TU Wien offers its students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad. The International Office can help and support you with the organization.
Internships are not mandatory. However, they help to better understand and consolidate what has been learned and support career orientation.
We recommend completing semesters abroad as part of the ERASMUS exchange program. Getting to know other (planning) cultures opens up a view beyond your own nose. The International Office is there to help and support you with the organization.
Internships are not obligatory but recommended: If you work in a company or a research institution, we can credit you with up to 6 ECTS in the module Free Electives. This activity must be recognized by the dean of academic affairs.
The supervision ratio in the Spatial Planning Programme is very good: around 1,200 students are enrolled in the Spatial Planning programmes - of which slightly more than half are in the Bachelor's Programme. They are supervised by around 100 professors, assistants and student employees, who are happy to answer any questions.
In the Bachelor's Programme Spatial Planning you will spend most of your time in the main building of TU Wien at Karlsplatz 13. However, there are also courses that take place at Karlsgasse 11 and 13.
The programme is mainly supervised by the following institutes:
- Institute of Spatial Planning
- Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
After you have completed all required courses and your Bachelor's thesis has been evaluated, you can submit your degree.
As a graduate of the Bachelor's Programme Spatial Planning, you will be awarded the academic degree "Bachelor of Science" - BSc for short. To find out how to graduate, visit https://ar.tuwien.ac.at/Studium/Bachelorstudium-Raumplanung-und-Raumordnung/Abschluss-Bachelorstudium-Raumplanung-und-Raumordnung-BSc, opens an external URL in a new window.
At the TU Wien, after completing your Bachelor's Programme in Spatial Planning, you can take the Master's Programme in Spatial Planning for specialization.
Questions about the Programme?
Student Union Spatial Planning
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Registration for the Bachelor's Programme
For information on admission to the programme, please visit the Admission Procedure page.
Dean's Office of Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Staircase 3, 4th floor
Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Vice Dean of Academic Affairs
Senior Lecturer DDipl.-Ing. BSc.
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.