Master's Programme Architecture

Curriculum (2019W)


4 semesters/120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree/equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Architecture

Level of qualification
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0731 Architecture and Town Planning

Study code
UC 066 443

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The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Master of Architecture gives you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master's programme.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria must be fulfilled for enrolment in the Master of Architecture, how long the programme lasts, which modules must be completed and much more.

The curriculum 2019W is currently valid for the Master's programme in Architecture.

Information on the Curriculum 2019W

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme. The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

10.0 ECTS-Credits: EP Design Studio 1
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Specialisation
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Specialisation
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Urban Development or VO Territorial Strategies and Sustainability or VO Landscape
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Architectural Theory or VO  Building History or VO  Interdisciplinary Artistic Practice
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Elective Topics within Architecture

10.0 ECTS-Credits: EP Design Studio 2
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Specialisation
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Elective Topics within Architecture
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Elective Topics within Architecture
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Structure and Computer-Based Design or VO  Structural Design and Lightweight Buildings or VO  Sustainable Architecture
2.5 ECTS-Credits: VO Building Typologies or VO Residential Building or Spatial Design
5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Experimental Building Construction

10.0 ECTS-Credits: EP Design Studio Pre-Diploma or SE Design Studio Pre-Diploma
2.5 ECTS-Credits: SE Master's Thesis Seminar
2.5 ECTS-Credits: SE Presentation and Communication
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Specialisation
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module: Interdisciplinary Skills or Individual Choice of Specialisation

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master's Thesis
   20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Studienverlauf_MA Architektur 19w_en

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

Extension Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Extension Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits or 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Extension Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading scheme Definition %-age
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance 46.5= 100%
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors 31.3
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 15.4
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria 6.8
5INSUFFICIENT: Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Forms (in German only)

Please enclose a 1-page exposé, in which contents and methods of the planned master thesis are briefly presented.
Content Exposè: To be attached to the application for the master thesis is an abstract in which the planned master thesis is briefly outlined and the architectural focus is clearly formulated. Indicate whether it is a theoretical work or a design/project/installation. Further information: bibliography (5 most important works) in the case of theoretical/scientific work, or reference projects/reference buildings (5 most important) in the case of project work.

Forms and Guideline for submitting the Master's Thesis (valid since 01.11.2023)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17

Associate Dean of Studies - Recognition of exams (from 1st June 2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Kathrin Aste

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Karolin Elisabeth Schmidbaur

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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