Urbanism, Landscape and City M.Sc.

The structure of the study program follows that of the other master’s programs at the Department of Architecture. Over the course of four semesters, students undertake mandatory, required elective and elective modules concluding with the final master’s thesis. The program is predominantly project-oriented with projects lasting one or two semesters. This structure forms a framework within which the respective chairs – or the student themselves – can place a thematic focus along with the accompanying content and methodological program. As such, the study program can be given a particular, topical thematic focus. There are therefore two possible learning paths:

Type

Course theme

Project form

Thesis

A

Student’s own topic

Project mentored by the professor(s) + integrated subject

Freely choosable

B

Topic offered by one or more professors

Project programmed by the professor(s) + integrated subjects

Freely choosable

The study projects take place as individual studios or studio teams, in which questions relating to urban landscapes are dealt with academically and methodologically through interdisciplinary work, i.e. analytically and conceptually. They take up about a third of the study period in the middle semesters and are supervised by one or more of the program professors. Depending on the selected topic, they are supplemented with “integrated subjects”. These represent specific subjects and are supervised by the appropriate faculty, but assessed as part of the project. An initial response from relevant lecturers showed strong support for this innovative concept. 

The mandatory modules and required elective modules in the first semester provide a fundamental footing in the respective disciplines and subjects: urban design, landscape architecture and spatial development. The mandatory modules in the second and third semesters represent the methodological core of the program (practical, theoretical and reflective). Of these, the “reflection” module is a special case as it encourages the students, through self-reflection to consider their study outcomes to date, and often helps in discovering a direction for the master’s thesis. The required elective modules, again depending on the course topic, cover the field of available instruments and the strategic and legislative aspects of urbanism. Finally, the elective modules enable students to pursue interdisciplinary perspectives in space-related issues from the range of subjects offered at the Munich universities, and in particular the Carl von Linde Academy at the TUM.