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Master programs Architecture

Study Codes

E 066 443 - Master programme Architecture
E 066 444 - Master programme Building Science and Technology
Duration of Study 4 Semesters
Credits 120 ECTS

Master of Science
Academic Program

Building Science and Technology
Curriculum Document

PDF Architecture
PDF Building Science and Technology

Master programme Architecture

Entry requirements

Candidates must have successfully completed a bachelor's programme in Architecture. Candidates with bachelor's, master's or equivalent degrees in related technical or creative academic subjects may be considered if the scope of these degrees corresponds with that of the bachelor's programme in Architecture at TU Wien.

Qualification profile

The main skills of the graduates of the Architecture master's programme at TU Wien lie in the development of design solutions for architectural problems, taking into consideration creative, technical, social, economic and ecological aspects. Architectural problems include detailed, structural and project design, city planning, landscaping, land-use planning and the design of virtual spaces. Graduates will have learned how to analyse and define construction and planning jobs, create drafts and designs, represent and convey design-relevant information and manage design and implementation processes.

Master's graduates have comprehensive training in drafting, which makes up over half of the modules of this programme. The programme curriculum also enables students to gain a deeper academic understanding of all of the central architectural subjects, including city planning and landscaping, structural design and construction, residential buildings, interior design and building theory, care and preservation of monuments, reconstruction, project design, architectural theory, art history, construction research and management and computer-aided design. This programme is broken up into modules that ensure a close interconnection of theoretical and practical subjects as part of a research-led learning programme. The wide range of modules and drafting available allows students to independently put together a programme programme based around their talents and interests.

With these qualifications, graduates can practice their careers in the following fields: independent practice in architecture and city planning, work in architecture and design firms, the public sector, construction and design departments in companies, project development and consulting, teaching and research at universities and technical colleges, product development in the construction industry, IT for architecture, architectural journalism and in new design disciplines being created within the context of the information society.

Structure of the programme

The programme is broken down into the following areas ("examination subjects"): drafting, modules and general electives, and free electives and additional qualifications ("soft skills"). The programme concludes with a master's thesis.

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Master programme Building Science and Technology

The Master in Building Science and Technology program targets students who wish to develop and deepen their knowledge in the areas of building performance, sustainable design, design computing, and rapid prototyping. The program is interdisciplinary and taught in English.


Significant social, economic, and environmental changes are causing a growing demand for high-performance and sustainable buildings. Due to advancements in science and technology, such buildings are ever more diverse in function and shape as well as more energy efficient and responsive to occupants’ needs. Students in the graduate program Building Science and Technology learn how to apply scientific methods and state-of-the-art technologies in order to address the multi-faceted challenges posed by high-performance and sustainable buildings.

Program strengths

  • Unique blend of courses in building performance, sustainable design, design computing, and rapid prototyping
  • Taught in English
  • Interdisciplinary and international
  • Exposure to R&D environment
  • Possibility to pursue doctoral (Ph.D.) studies at TU Wien 
  • State-of-the-art computational design software, building performance modelling software, building diagnostics instruments, and rapid prototyping laboratory

Who should apply?

The program has a strong interdisciplinary character and is open to candidates from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, such as architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. International students are encouraged to apply. Students’ exposure to colleagues with different professional and cultural backgrounds is an essential ingredient of graduate studies.

Career Prospects

The program’s graduates are well-prepared to pursue careers in professional practices, consulting firms, industry, research, development organizations, and academic institutions.


3 semesters of full-time studies, 1 semester Master’s project (120 ECTS). Graduation from the program is contingent on successful course exams and the completion of a Master’s project, which is documented in a thesis and defended in a final oral exam administered by a committee.


Master of Science (MSc) degrees are awarded to graduates. This degree is equivalent to Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl. Ing. or DI).

Admission requirements

The program is open to graduates with degrees from one of the following accredited national or international degree-granting programs (Bachelor, Master, Diploma): architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and cognitive sciences. Furthermore, candidates with degrees from universities of applied sciences with commensurate qualification may be accepted.
Other prerequisites: proficiency in English, familiarity with basic computing tools

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Further Information

Dean of Studies

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Christian Kühn
T +43-1-58801-25220

Chairman of Curriculum Commission

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Arch. Christoph Luchsinger
T +43-1-58801-26020

Student Association

Fachschaft Architektur
T +43-1-58801-49555

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