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Master's Programme Architecture

As of winter semester 2019/2020 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

Faculty Faculty of Architecture
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Diplom-Ingenieurin/Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing. or DI)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0731 Architecture and Town Planning
Mode of Study
Study Code
C 066 443
Information on the Curriculum (2008W) *
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent

Information on Curriculum (2008W)

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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 60.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Design Studio and Design
  • 10.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: History and Theory
  • 20.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Construction, Materil, Technology
  • 10.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
  • 10.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Art and Culture
  • 10.0 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Digital and Analog Architectural Representation

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree 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).

First Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Lectures in Architecture
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Building Construction M
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Studies 1 (1)
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Studies 2 (1)

Second Semester »

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Lectures in Architecture and Urban Construction
10.5 ECTS-Credits: Design Studio M1
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

12.5 ECTS-Credits: Design Studio M2
10.5 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Studies 3 (1)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Master‘s Thesis › continue fourth semester

Fourth Semester »

20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's  Thesis Defence

(1) Three compulsory intensifying modules must be completed worth a total of 20 ECTS-Credits from M20 to M22.

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master Programme Architecture

Elecitve Modules M11 until M19: »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: M11 Architectural Theory (Master Course)
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M12 Architectural History and Building Research
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M13 Intelligent Buildings
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M14 Methods and Processes
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M15 City and Landscape
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M16 Design Research
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M17 Concepts of Spatial Design
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M18 Interior Space and Design
7.5 ECTS-Credits: M19 Architecture and Experiment

Qualification Profile and Skills

The master's programme imparts core competences and in-depth knowledge of the practice and theory of architecture, taking into account artistic, scientific, technical, social, economic and ecological aspects. Students learn the analysis and specification of building and planning tasks, design and construction, presenting and conveying information relevant to planning, and controlling the processes of project development, planning and realization.

The master's programme serves to

  • extend and deepen the fundamental knowledge acquired in the bachelor's programme and to promote independent working skills based on scientific and artistic principles;
  • promote integrative design and problem-solving abilities in architecture, urban development and in wider (multidisciplinary) contexts;
  • develop the ability to integrate knowledge and to deal with complexities.

In line with the principle of research-driven teaching, the master's programme allows in-depth scientific treatment of a specialization topic with individually selectable variants. 

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in all design, technical and theoretical areas of architecture and urban development. They are able to demonstrate their abilities in research and innovation and at the intersections of other areas by independently formulating and substantiating scientific arguments and by finding innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

  • Leadership roles in the implementation of projects in architecture, urban development and related disciplines
  • Independent or leading work in architectural and planning offices, in building and planning departments of companies, and in public administration
  • Project development and consulting
  • Product development in building and design industries
  • Activities in archtectural publishing, architectural theory, architectural criticism and creative industries
  • Teaching and research at universities, academies, colleges and technical high schools

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits or 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary 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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution) »

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
 Outstanding performance
= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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).

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Equivalence Lists

Examination Dates (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

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

Information for students with disabilities

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