Programme Code

UE 066 440 - Master’s Programme Spatial Planning

Duration of Programme

4 semesters


120 ECTS




Diplom-Ingenieur_in (Dipl.-Ing.)
Master of Science (MSc)


Programme contents

The study programme deals with space in its many dimensions in an interdisciplinary sense. This theoretically founded, process-related and future-oriented perspective aims to balance and integrate ecologically compatible use of resources, economic efficiency and socially compatible distribution of wealth, opportunities and quality of life in the sense of sustainable development, taking into account social diversity. Independent analytical work and integration of spatial information, its methodical transformation into knowledge, the scientifically founded and critical evaluation of spatial qualities and challenges as well as the independent development of strategies, spatial concepts and measures up to the legalisation of spatial utilisation possibilities and their evaluation are taught.

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.

Since 2005/06, the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning at TU Wien has offered a 4-semester Master's programme in Spatial Planning and Spatial Development with 120 ECTS, which builds on the six-semester Bachelor's programme of the same name. In addition, graduates of a relevant Bachelor's degree programme at universities or universities of applied sciences are admitted.

The programme consists of the following modules:

  • Two compulsory modules (33 ECTS)
  • Two elective modules (36 ECTS)
  • One Master's project (12 ECTS)
  • One module "Free choice and transferable skills" (9 ECTS)
  • A diploma thesis with diploma seminar and diploma examination (30 ECTS)

The completion of the practice-oriented project (compulsory module 3: Master's project) on current topics is of particular importance. The elective modules can be selected from a wide range, which enables an individual thematic focus. The free elective module enables an individual combination of subjects offered at universities in Germany and abroad. Numerous excursions at home and abroad are an integral part of the education.

The Master's programme is divided into the following examination subjects with the modules assigned to them:

Concepts and methods for research and planning

Compulsory module 1: Process design and methods

Elective module 8: Digital analysis and visualisation

Theories, strategies and instruments of spatial planning

Compulsory Module 2: Theories, Strategies and Instruments

Elective Module 1: Global Development of Cities and Metropolitan Regions

Elective Module 6: Project Development, Project Evaluation and Real Estate Economics

Elective Module 7: Spatial Planning Law and Land Policy

Practice of spatial planning

Compulsory module 3: Master's project in spatial planning

Elective Module 2: Spatial Planning in Rural and Alpine Areas

Elective Module 3: City and Landscape. Planning and intervention practice

Elective module 4: Mobility and energy spatial planning

Elective module 5: Society, everyday life and space".

Free electives and transferable skills

Compulsory module 4: Free electives and transferable skills

Diploma thesis

Further information about the programme

Spatial planners mostly work in complex, inter- and transdisciplinary 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 consulting or in international development cooperation, and
  • in spatially related research institutions.

For graduates of the Master's degree programme "Spatial Planning and Development", employment opportunities arise above all:

  • in public administration and downstream institutions, such as urban planning offices and corresponding municipal departments, municipal and regional associations, in regional management, in economic development agencies, area support agencies, city and regional marketing agencies,
  • in private planning offices, as self-employed civil engineers, companies in spatial, urban or regional planning, transport, infrastructure and environmental planning as well as consulting companies, -in other private sector companies, especially in the field of real estate and location development,
  • in associations, interest groups or other non-governmental organisations such as chambers of commerce, business or environmental protection associations, initiatives or societies, as well as
  • in scientific and research institutions. The activities mentioned can refer to all spatial levels of reference and action: -local and local level -total city and municipal level
  • small regional, regional and state level - national (federal) level - cross-border, inter- and transnational level - European and international level

Numerous domestic and foreign excursions form an integral part of the course. Thanks to Erasmus partnerships, there are many opportunities to spend semesters abroad at European universities, an option which is taken up by the vast majority of students.

In addition to graduates of the Spatial Planning bachelor's degree, graduates from other relevant bachelor's courses at universities or technical colleges are admitted to the master's programme.

Courses in spatial planning take place in the Faculty of Architecture and Planning of TU Wien (, opens an external URL in a new window) and specifically at the following institutes: