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Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSc)

Architecture is the process of planning and designing buildings. What can be condensed into just a single sentence is, however, a fundamental aspect of our daily life because architects, as the creators of our built environment, have not only creative and technical but also social and cultural responsibility.

The objective of the BSc in Architecture is to train highly qualified architects capable of putting their projects into practice in a creative and coordinating way and who fulfil their many different responsibilities on the basis of a holistic interdisciplinary understanding.

For documents such as the module handbook, study plan and examination regulations, please visit the German page.

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Career prospects

You can find extensive information on importantquestions such as

  • What different fields of work are there for architects?
  • How does the employment market for architects look right now?

on the website of the North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Architects, where you can also order brochures and access further links.
You can find the Chamber of Architects and especially its services for pupils and students under: 

North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Architects

Admission conditions

Admission to the programme is principally conditional on passing an artistic/creative aptitude test which takes place in May/June each year. For further information please consult the aptitude test website.

Higher education entrance qualification

To be admitted to this degree programme, you must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Higher education entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife)
  • General higher education entrance qualification: German Abitur
  • An entrance qualification recognised as equivalent

In the case of the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, a differentiation is often made between the academic part and the practical part. The academic part is completed at school. The practical part can be a completed training course (e.g. apprenticeship) or a 6 or 12-month guided work placement. As a rule, which type of work placement you require in order to be entitled to study is indicated on your certificate. If you are unsure, please contact your school.

If you have obtained your entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences in a federal state other than North Rhine-Westphalia, please check your certificate to see if it is also valid here.

Subject-related work placement:

  • 8-week work placement on a construction site:

At least 4 weeks of the work placement must be completed before commencing studies. Proof that the remaining 4 weeks have been completed must be produced by the start of the 3rd semester of the programme.

Temporary regulation for the winter semester 2020/21:

No work placement is required upon enrolment. However, the work placement needs to be completed and accounted for by the beginning of the fourth semester. This temporary regulation is solely applicable for new enrolling students for the winter semester 2020/21.

Possible areas:

Occupational activities in at least one shell construction or finishing trade suitable as an illustrative introduction to the constructional interdependencies found in the building process:

  • Earthworks
  • Timber construction
  • Masonry
  • Concrete and reinforced concrete construction
  • Carpentry
  • Joinery

Occupation and training in a relevant professional field can count towards the work placement.

Programme structure

The BSc in Architecture prepares students for their many different tasks as an architect under consideration of the social, creative and technical aspects of the profession. They learn and develop the scientific, methodical and subject-related knowledge and creative skillsnecessary and in so doing are empowered to act independently and responsibly towards society and the environment in the framework of their profession.

  • The standard period of study is 4 academic years (8 semesters) including the bachelor’s thesis. Students who pass the examination are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc).
  • The scale and content of the programme entitles graduates to be listed in theArchitects Register. They may only use the professional title of “architect” once they have completed a period of practical vocational training (2 years) and are listed in the Architects Register at the Chamber of Architects. 
  • The programme is modularised. It is divided into foundation studies and advanced studies, each lasting 4 semesters, with a transition phase in the 3rd and 4th semesters.

UAS_ BO runs a total of 21 different bachelor’s degree programmes on its Bochum and Velbert/Heiligenhaus campuses. A speciality is its supplementary “Teaching+Engineering” programme, which is directed at students who would like to teach at a technical college. Participation is conditional on enrolment on one of the following programmes: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Mechatronics & Information Technology, Mechatronics & Product Development, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering.

Please note the language requirements for this course of study.