Urbanism – Urban and Landscape Studies and Design M. Sc.

The interdisciplinary Master Urbanism – Landscape and City is aimed at graduates of different bachelor degrees of a design-oriented or analytical first degree with a spatial focus, especially for architecture, landscape architecture or planning and regional planning.

The immense ecological, economic, social and aesthetic changes within our cities and cultural landscapes arising as a consequence of the process of global urbanization represent a challenge for all space-related disciplines. Therefore a close cooperation between different faculties is necessary.

Graduates need methodological, technical, personal and social competences, which are necessary in the spatial planning and design working area. To develop spatial strategies for complex challenges in the future within present framework conditions, the urbanist is – unlike the undergraduate studied urban planner – able to merge disciplinary specialist knowledge with interdisciplinary knowledge. So graduates qualify for research and practice in the area of urban development and urban planning. The academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) entitles to a Ph.D. program. in a research field that is rooted in interdisciplinary cooperation between architects, urbanists, and landscape architects within the Department of Architecture, and that is unique in Germany.

Study Information

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The Master's degree program in Urban Studies – Landscape and City has a standard duration of four semesters. It is supported by the Focus Area Urban and Landscape Transformation (ULTRA) at the Department of Architecture.

At its core, the program is a project study based on one- or two-semester study projects and a scientific master's thesis. In the thematic design, students can choose their own focal points or draw on the courses offered by the participating ULTRA professors. These are primarily the fields of landscape architecture, urban planning and spatial development.

Compulsory basic modules and freely selectable specialization modules of the faculties of Architecture and Building Geo Environment, the Science Center Weihenstephan as well as the interdisciplinary offer of the ISB (Interdisziplinäres Seminar für Baureferendare) form the further contents of the study.

The online application is made via the application portal TUMonline.

The following documents must be enclosed:

  • a curriculum vitae in tabular form 
  • a transcript of records with modules amounting to at least 140 credits for a six-semester Bachelor's program, at least 170 credits for a seven-semester Bachelor's program, and at least 200 credits for an eight-semester Bachelor's program. If a degree certificate or transcript of records with more than 140 credits is available at the time of application, the applicant must list the 140 highest-scoring credits as part of the application. 
  • a portfolio of work completed to date (max. ten pages, DIN A3 format) or the final thesis of the bachelor's degree (=thesis, max. DIN A3 format). The submission is to be made as a PDF file, max. 20 MB, upload in the TUM applicant portal. 
  • Certification of internships related to the professional field in Germany or abroad, totaling at least six months (activities in the field of urban planning, urban development, landscape architecture or architecture with reference to large-scale scales are considered) or of additional studies at a foreign university, at least one semester, 20 credits. The mandatory study abroad programs in architecture and landscape architecture/planning at TUM fulfill this requirement. 
  • motivation and reasons for the choice of the study program as well as specific talents and interests on the basis of which the applicant considers himself/herself particularly suitable for the study program (max. two pages Din-A4).