Landscape Architecture M. A.

The master’s degree program in landscape architecture deals with the sustainable development of natural and cultural landscapes, including urban spaces. The focus is on design using aesthetic-artistic and scientific-technical methods.

The course teaches visionary design and development of complex, living landscape (space) structures. The focus of the interdisciplinary design teaching is the examination of historical, current and future open space systems in urban and cultural landscape contexts against the background of dynamic environmental developments in the Anthropocene. The master's program in landscape architecture imparts knowledge in design and planning theory, landscape architecture and garden art history; construction technology and plant use, as well as landscape ecology and open space sociology. In the project studies, the embedding of the landscape architectural design in the respective economic, ecological and social context plays an important role. At the same time, it is important to consider the relationships to the technical and natural structures in the space at a wide variety of scales. Landscape architecture requires and promotes the combination of artistic and scientific thinking and conduct.

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The master’s program in landscape architecture builds on the fundamental knowledge acquired in a relevant bachelor’s program.

What you'll learn

In the landscape architecture M. A. program, you will learn how to reflectively design, draft and develop living, highly complex open space and landscape structures at a wide variety of scales. You will gain knowledge of theory-based analytical methods for examining existing spatial structures of a wide variety of forms, from urban to rural, from artificial to near-natural, from historic to progressive. Based on the findings from these analyses, you will learn to design using argumentative, structuring and reflective methods in which artistic-creative and scientific-rational aspects intertwine. Students will become familiar with theories and methods for sustainable development and the design of viable living spaces for people and nature, which they will apply in an exemplary manner in interdisciplinary design and planning teams. Awareness of complex interrelationships between economic, ecological, and social factors in creative design characterizes the project study of landscape architecture at the TUM School of Engineering and Design (SoED).

The Master's degree in landscape architecture prepares students for leadership positions in the profession as well as research and development activities on a national and international level. The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree qualifies students for doctoral studies.

Study information

According to the model of two-tier programs, the three-semester master's program in landscape architecture (90 ECTS) builds on the eight-semester bachelor's program in "Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning" (240 ECTS) at the TUM School of Life Sciences (SoLS) or on equivalent programs at other universities. 
Graduates of equivalent courses with less than 240 credits are required to make up missing credits from the bachelor course "Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning" and in the professional internship (§§35 and 36 Fachprüfungs- und Studienordnung FPSO). The period of study is thus generally extended by one to two semesters to a total of four to five semesters. 

The regular three-semester master's program in landscape architecture is designed as a project study program. The design-related project work takes up at least 50% of the study time and is primarily dedicated to the examination of space-related, complex interdisciplinary problems. The design projects deal with spatially relevant, current landscape architectural and social issues in relation to innovative research.

The first two semesters of study consist of project work (15 ECTS) and supplementary elective modules. The third study semester is used to prepare for the master’s thesis (30 ECTS) which must be written independently within a period of six months.

The program is supported by four core Professorships:

  • The Chair of Landscape Architecture and Public Space (LAO) is involved with the moderation and design of development processes in cities and landscapes. The focus is on the careful design of urban spaces that meet the current requirements of social coexistence.
  • With the subject area of Landscape Architecture of Regional Open Spaces (LAREG), work is carried out on the development of larger spatial contexts, characterized by cities and cultural landscapes and thus at the interface of open space theory, open space planning and landscape development.
  • The Chair of Landscape Architecture and Transformation (LAT) deals analytically, conceptually and design-wise with the transformation of complex landscape (spatial) assemblages, especially with the re-use of disused production and infrastructure sites.
  • The Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture (GTLA) tenure-track-Professorship develops innovative bio-engineering design approaches to develop new open space architectural typologies and investigates their spatial aesthetic impact and technical performance. 

The Master’s program is an essential level for cooperation between the aforementioned core Professorships alongside adjacent environmental design disciplines in teaching and research.

Information on subject examination and study regulations (FPSO) can be found in the Study Wiki. 

Following the model of two-tiered programs, the Landscape Architecture M. A. program builds on the Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning B. A. program at the TUM School of Life Sciences (SoLS) and equivalent programs at other universities. 

The master’s program in landscape architecture runs over three semesters with 90 ECTS. It is designed as a project study program with cooperative, interdisciplinary design modules (design studios) at its core. It is possible, in cooperation with the four core Chairs, to set individual study emphases (“master courses”). The program includes the following components:

  • Cooperative project/design modules with special topics according to the orientation of the respective study focus (public space, regional open spaces, transformation landscapes, green technologies).
  • project/design-related modules (seminars, workshops, etc.)
  • Variable subject-oriented modules, closely related to the individual focus of study if required (lectures, seminars, exercises, etc.).

The first two semesters of study consist of the design project modules (30 ECTS), lectures and seminars (30 ECTS).  
The third semester of study is used to prepare for the master’s thesis (30 ECTS), which can be individually designed as a draft project or theoretical work and created within a period of six months.  
If an additional semester has to be completed, in accordance with §35 of the FPSO, this would consist of a project / draft work (15 ECTS) and bachelor modules from the subject area of landscape architecture and landscape planning (15 ECTS).

All Master's modules of the Landscape Architecture Core Chairs are in principle offered in English, or/and also in German. Bachelor modules (§35 FPSO) are in principle available in German.
Many Chairs at TUM cooperate closely with each other, so that different subject and competence areas from the fields of planning, engineering, natural sciences and humanities are integrated into the design modules landscape architecture. There is particularly close cooperation with the academic area of Architecture (within SoED) and the Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management (SoLS).

Within the design projects (design modules), small groups work together on complex tasks within a defined period of time, usually three months. The design projects cover different ranges of local, national, regional and are focussed upon the areas listed below, within which individual study emphases can be set ("master courses"):

  • Landscape architecture as object planning in public space.
  • Transformation of complex production and infrastructure landscapes
  • Landscape architecture of regional open spaces
  • New open-space architectural typologies

The landscape architecture program is located at the TUM School of Engineering and Design (SoED) and builds consecutively on the eight-semester Bachelor’s program in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning at the TUM School of Life Sciences (SoLS). 

Successful examination performance (of 60 credits) in the compulsory and elective areas is required for obtaining the master’s degrees, which is undertaken over two semesters.

In addition, there is a maximum of six months allocated for the completion of the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS).  The total number of examinations and other assessments to be taken in the compulsory and elective areas amounts to at least 90 credits. The standard period of study is three semesters in total. 

Provided that proof of a completed university degree for which less than 240 credits but at least 180 credits have been awarded, the prerequisite for admission to the master's thesis is evidence of 30 credits from the undergraduate course "Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning" at the Technical University of Munich (§35 FPSO) as well as a six-month national or international internship in the professional field of landscape architecture, which corresponds to 30 credits (§36 FPSO). Such an internship as well as the missing 30 credits from Bachelor modules must be proven by the beginning of the Master's thesis at the latest. The duration of the course is thus extended to a total duration of four to five semesters. The course must be completed after five semesters at the latest, regulated by the study progress control.

Applications are made via the appropriate TUMonline Platform 

The submission of a folder (portfolio) to illustrate previous design and publication experiences must be digitally uploaded to the TUMonline application portal.

After the formal examination of the application (first stage of the admission procedure), a decision on admission will be made in a personal interview (second stage of the admission procedure). 

Detailed information on the procedure can be found in the Subject Examination and Study Regulations (FPSO) for the master's degree in landscape architecture in the study wiki.

The following documents are relevant for admission to the application:

  • Application for admission (print out, sign and upload) 
  • Curriculum Vitae – in tabular form
  • Diploma or Bachelor certificate. If this is not available, proof of study and examination achievements (Transcript of Records) is required
  • Evidence of work and internship as well as other evidence of subject-specific additional qualifications
  • Adequate knowledge of English, proof of English​​​​​​​ subjects in the Bachelor's degree or similar, or knowledge of German for non-German citizens, applicants from German-speaking countries or holders of a German university entrance qualification
  • List of academic achievements (subjects and range of subjects / transcript of records)
  • Meaningful portfolio with work samples (max. ten pages, format DIN A4 or A3 format) to assess landscape architecture skills and knowledge
  • Convincing written justification for the choice of course (letter of motivation) is also required.

For international applications students should use the pre-screening documentation from uni-assist.