Bachelor’s Programme Spatial Planning
The students deal with space in its geographical, physical and social dimensions. The spectrum ranges from the development and consolidation of spatial information and its methodological 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 manifold 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 spatial development of cities and regions.
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.
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.
Further information about the programme
The ability to analyze, fact-based decision-making, instrumental assertiveness and teamwork 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 recognizing and shaping the scope for action on the other. In the spatial planning studies, therefore, a special emphasis is placed on project work.
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.
Spatial planning and regional development is understood as an interdisciplinary field of work in the debate
with spatial development our living, working and environmental conditions. The graduates are prepared by
the study on various professional activities. Room planners work mostly in complex, interdisciplinary contexts. The fields of work of spatial planning can be found for example:
» in the regional or municipal Development planning in urban and rural areas,
» in urban planning, urban redevelopment and renewal,
» in the transport, infrastructure and Environmental Planning
» in the location analysis and valuation, in the real estate industry and project development.
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.
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.