Architecture

Master of Science

Architektur, M.Sc.

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.

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Department of Architecture

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Degree Master of Science
Duration 4 Semesters
Language German, some courses in English
Programme Start winter semester or summer semester
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme 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.
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.
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.
Part-time Studies possible under specific conditions
Special Features TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

While the Bachelor of Science in Architecture focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. Also, the Master's programme enables and requires students to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. In addition, a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture is not sufficient (to date) as a professional architectural qualification or for employment as an independent architect. This qualification can only be achieved with a minimum of 8 semesters in a degree programme. Further information on the official requirements for an architectural career may be found at Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen (architect and city planner associations in Hessen). For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.

The Department of Architecture of TU Darmstadt hosts a yearly exhibition „Sichten“, curated by the students themselves, which gives a good overview of the diversity of the degree programme and the current standard of good performances. Furthermore the regular Wednesday-Night-Lecutres „Positionen“ are a good opportunity to meet internationally known architects, who are presenting their work.

Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university: Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt

Architects deal with the planning, visualisation, design and construction of residences, public buildings and industrial buildings. Other activities include the design of complex urban facilities both within Germany and abroad, plus building renovations. They are involved with technical design issues, as well as visual, economic, socio-cultural, ecological and legal aspects and standards. They work closely with the aspects of functionality, aesthetics, environmental suitability and target group.

Getting started as an architect is unfortunately not always easy. A large number of architects have been graduating recently and the job market has not been able to keep pace. For this reason architects are finding positions in various fields. Many architects market themselves as generalists and start their own firm. It is also possible to work with other architects in a large firm, which may specialise in one or more areas, such as submitting bids. Other options for architects include working for municipal and other agencies (e.g. building authorities), engineering and construction offices, real estate agencies, advisory and building inspection firms (either independently or for insurance companies), construction companies and property developers. Working as facility developers, architects deal with the economic effectiveness and viability of buildings. Some architects specialise in specific areas such as renovation and/or energy efficient buildings. The aesthetic, artistic side of architecture also leads graduates to career fields such as photography, design, advertising and graphic design. Finally, architects may also find themselves working for the preservation of historic sites, for museums, in journalism, the art trade or in humanities research (e.g. art history).

It is therefore important for students to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in architectural offices or other relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations

General Examination Terms of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.

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