Master's Programmes in Architecture

Course ID

UE 066 443 - Master's Programme Architecture
UE 066 444 - Master's Programme Building Science and Technology (to be discontinued)

Duration of Course

4 semesters


120 ECTS

Certificate received upon completion

Master of Science

Course programmes


Study content

Excellence in design is a central learning outcome of the Master's programme in Architecture. The path to this leads via project exercises at different scales and with varying degrees of complexity, in which the handling of form, space, process and method design is practised. In addition to the development of design skills, the curriculum provides for the acquisition of the necessary specialist knowledge in theory-oriented, research-led modules.

Further information about the programme

Candidates must have successfully completed a bachelor's programme Architecture. Candidates with bachelor's, master's or equivalent degrees in related technical or creative academic subjects may be considered if the scope of these degrees corresponds to that of the bachelor's programme Architecture at TU Wien.

The main skills of the graduates of the master's programme Architecture at TU Wien lie in the development of design solutions for architectural problems, taking into consideration creative, technical, social, economic and ecological aspects. Architectural problems include detailed, structural and project design, city planning, landscaping, land-use planning and the design of virtual spaces. The qualifications of our graduates cover the analysis and specification of construction and planning tasks, drafting and designing, presenting and conveying planning-relevant information as well as the management of planning and implementation procedures.

Master's graduates have comprehensive training in drafting, which makes up over half of the modules of this course. The course curriculum also enables students to gain a deeper academic understanding of all of the central architectural subjects, including city planning and landscaping, structural design and construction, residential buildings, interior design and building theory, care and preservation of monuments, reconstruction, project design, architectural theory, art history, construction research and management and computer-aided design. This course is broken up into modules that ensure a close interconnection of theoretical and practical subjects as part of a research-led learning programme. The wide range of modules and drafting available allows students to independently put together a course programme based around their talents and interests.

With these qualifications, graduates can practise their careers in the following fields: independent practice in architecture and city planning, work in architecture and design firms, the public sector, construction and design departments in companies, project development and consulting, teaching and research at universities and technical colleges, product development in the construction industry, IT for architecture, architectural journalism and in new design disciplines being created within the context of the information society.

The course lasts four semesters and is broken down into the following areas: drafting (40 ECTS), modules and general electives (41 ECTS), and free electives and soft skills (9 ECTS). The course concludes with a master's thesis.

Building Science and Technology

The master's programme Building Science and Technology targets students who wish to develop and deepen their knowledge in the areas of building performance, sustainable design, design computing, and rapid prototyping. The programme is interdisciplinary and taught in English.

Further information about the programme

Significant social, economic, and environmental changes are causing a growing demand for high-performance and sustainable buildings. Due to advancements in science and technology, such buildings are ever more diverse in function and shape as well as more energy efficient and responsive to occupants’ needs. Students in the master's programme Building Science and Technology learn how to apply scientific methods and state-of-the-art technologies in order to address the multi-faceted challenges posed by high-performance and sustainable buildings.

  • Unique blend of courses in building performance, sustainable design, design computing, and rapid prototyping
  • Taught in English
  • Interdisciplinary and international
  • Exposure to R&D environment
  • Possibility to pursue doctoral (Ph.D.) studies at TU Wien
  • State-of-the-art computational design software, building performance modelling software, building diagnostics instruments, and rapid prototyping laboratory

The programme has a strong interdisciplinary character and is open to candidates from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, such as architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. International students are encouraged to apply. Students’ exposure to colleagues with different professional and cultural backgrounds is an essential ingredient of graduate studies.

The programme's graduates are well-prepared to pursue careers in professional practices, consulting firms, industry, research, development organizations, and academic institutions.

Three semesters of full-time studies, one semester master’s project (120 ECTS). Graduation from the programme is contingent on successful course exams and the completion of a master’s project, which is documented in a thesis and defended in a final oral exam administered by a committee.

Master of Science (MSc) degrees are awarded to graduates. This degree is equivalent to Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl. Ing. or DI).

The programme is open to graduates with degrees from one of the following accredited national or international degree-granting programmes (Bachelor, Master, Diploma): architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and cognitive sciences. Furthermore, candidates with degrees from universities of applied sciences with commensurate qualification may be accepted.
Other prerequisites: proficiency in English, familiarity with basic computing tools

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Dean of Academic Affairs

Christian Kühn

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

Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

Andrea Rieger-Jandl

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.

Vice Dean of Academic Affairs

Michael Surböck

Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

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
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Student Union

Student Union Architecture

Karlsplatz 13
Hof 2, ground floor
1040 Vienna
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