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Master’s Programme Spatial Planning

Course ID

UE 066 440 - Master’s Programme Spatial Planning

Duration of course

4 semesters


120 ECTS

Certificate received upon completion

Master of Science

Course programme


In addition to developing and coordinating designs, plans and measures, the particular activities involved in land-use planning lie in the use of planning instruments on different levels (urban, regional and national planning, European land-use planning). Social and economic structures and processes within the framework of political objectives play an important role during implementation.

Graduates of this master's programme possess a core specialist skill set, comprising a range of theoretically and methodologically sound tools for analysing the spatial circumstances when dealing with the diverse tasks involved in land-use planning and in developing alternative solutions.
Graduates of the master's programme in Spatial Planning should be capable of cooperating creatively as responsible managers in the performance of these tasks.

Against a backdrop of altered planning contexts, objectives and expectations, the range of tasks involved in land-use planning has changed and expanded considerably in recent years. These requirements are met by the master's programme through the specialist breadth, the different forms of knowledge transfer and the balance between general and specialist training.

Since 2005/06, the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at TU Wien has offered a four-semester Master's course in Land-Use Planning and Development comprising 120 ECTS, which follows on directly from the six-semester bachelor's programme of the same name. In addition, graduates from other relevant bachelor's programme at universities or technical colleges are admitted to the master's programme. The course consists of compulsory modules (42 ECTS), elective modules (36 ECTS), a free elective module (12 ECTS), as well as the diploma thesis and the diploma examination. TU Wien is the only university in Austria to offer this master's programme.

The compulsory modules in the master’s programme include:

  • Research and planning design
  • Spatial planning policies and ethics
  • Valuation procedures and evaluation
  • Project
  • Diploma seminar

Particular importance is placed on completing a practical team project (compulsory module 4: project) on current issues (12 ECTS). The optional modules can be selected from a wide variety of modules, enabling students to set their own individual focus. Furthermore, an optional module in the form of two concept modules can be taken. The free elective module enables students to combine subjects individually that are offered at domestic and foreign universities. Numerous domestic and foreign excursions form an integral part of the course.

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  (http://arch.tuwien.ac.at/rmpl) and specifically at the following institutes:

Dean of Studies

Thomas Dillinger

Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

More Information and Contact

Dekanat der Fakultät für
Architektur und Raumplanung
Karlsplatz 13
Stiege 3, 4. Stock
1040 Wien

T +43-1-58801-25001
E E401-1@tuwien.ac.at

Website of the Dean's office

Student Association

Student Association Land-Use Planning and Development

Augasse 2-6
3. Stock
1090 Wien

T +43-1-58801-49557