Architecture (M.Sc.)


Architecture (Master of Science)

(Architektur, M.Sc.)


General Information

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 4 Semester
Language: German, some courses in English
Internship: a minimum 12-week-long internship is required for admission to the Master’s programme. This internship must be completed before registering for the Master’s thesis; further information.
Requirements for Admission:
  • Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Science degree in the same programme or an equivalent degree. This can also be a bachelor of art's degree in architecure and can also be acquired at a “Fachhochschule” (University of Applied Sciences) in Germany or abroad. Should the bachelor's degree not come from a German university or Fachhochschule, applicants have to submit proof (certificates) of German language proficiency as required by International Admission.
  • Admission also requires to hand in a portfolio, containing the Bachelor's Thesis and additional work samples from the Bachelor's degree programme. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental student advisory service. Please also note the general information on the Master's degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
  • A 12-week internship must be completed before registering for the Master's thesis; further information.
Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.
Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions
Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester
Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application: Online application
Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

Brief Description

The Master of Science in Architecture is designed to deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills regarding the planning, design, visualisation and construction of buildings. The Master’s programme is characterised by the integration and in-depth study of the two subject areas Structural Design and Urban Planning (as per the “Darmstadt Model”). Plans and models from design projects will be presented by their designers and then discussed during the colloquium. A 12-week internship is part of the programme.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

The Master of Science degree programme in Architecture is divided into five sections, as follows:

1.In the Design section, students will produce two designs, one for High Rise Planning and one for Urban Planning. In the third semester, students then concentrate on one of these two areas and produce a more comprehensive and detailed design in that area, which then serves as preparation for the Master’s thesis design requirement for one of these areas of specialisation.

2. The Specialisation Module section introduces students to the various specializsations in architecture. Modules may be chosen from the departmental course catalogue, including Historical Principles, Visual Arts, Building Planning and Construction, Urban Planning Studies, and Building Technology. The specialisation modules may in some cases be offered only once a year, whereas all other modules are offered in the summer semester as well as in the winter semester.

3. The Research Module section to have students become familiar with scientific methods as they deal with subject areas relevant to architecture. Various modules are at students’ disposal as the means to become familiar with analytical research methods. Besides working with various project groups on current research, students may also choose to work on an adjudicated project or with raw materials in a planning context. Another possibility is to work in the design research area or in the implementation of methods within a related discipline.

4. In the Optional Area, students may choose from five types of courses. Volunteering as a tutor in the department or assisting with organisational duties would serve as the equivalent of a Soft Skills course. Another option open to students are so-called Impromptu Designs, which involve the creation of short, compact concepts. Whereas optional courses from the department of Architecture serve to strengthen knowledge of the discipline, optional courses from other departments are designed to foster an interdisciplinary overview. It will also be possible to attend courses from other universities in this context.

5. The Master’s Thesis is the final section of the degree programme. The thesis is always an architectural design project and never an only theoretical subject. The thesis is carried out similar to an architectural tendering procedure, i.e. an architectural design project bound by given circumstances and conditions. Each semester three subjects can be chosen from for the thesis, and all resulting projects have to be rendered at the same time.

Depending on the subject chosen, the thesis can be carried out by students as a group work. The thesis is looked at and assessed jointly by all professors of the Department of Architecture, instead of individually by only one professor. This means, a student does not work on his/her thesis with one specific professor alone, but with the Department of Architecture of TU Darmstadt as a whole.

The additional internship at a firm will provide students with practical experience and qualifications. The internship gives students the opportunity to practice with architecture, engineering or planning firms or in specialised offices the theoretical material they have learned during classes, thereby preparing students for future careers in this field. If possible, the 12-week internship should be completed before beginning the Master’s degree programme, and at the very latest before registering for the Master’s thesis. The internship may also be divided into a maximum of two stages. Paid work in an architectural firm may also count as an internship; this work may also be done outside of Germany. Studying at a partner university of TU Darmstadt for one or two semesters is possible, but no obligatory part of the Master's programme. If desired by students, therefore, these studies abroad have to be organised individually, with help by the Department of Architecture's International Office.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Architecture


Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students

Related Degree Programmes

Doctoral Studies

Career Perspectives