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Architecture Project Development (MSc)

The Master's programme in Architectural Project Development is a one-year (2-semester) programme that enables talented graduates with a diploma in architecture or at least an 8-semester bachelor's degree in architecture to gain access to new thought processes and fields of activity in the development of architectural projects.

The aim of this Master's programme at Bochum University of Applied Sciences is to integrate the professional fields of urban planning, project development and architecture. Future graduates will occupy the interface between these individual disciplines.

This separation of disciplines and skills currently affects practice. The town planner draws up the town planning regulations, the project developer links task and capital to achieve the most efficient "cash flow" possible, the architect produces a design based on urban planning and economic principles. The resulting loss of quality due to the potential for friction between the various interest groups and the lengthy coordination processes have tangible and visible consequences for the length and quality of the planning processes, as well as for the compromised construction results.

The programme...

  • provides expertise in project development and property management,
  • teaches architects and property professionals to speak a common language,
  • shows how new development processes for architectural projects require new approaches in the planning process, and
  • Develops new concepts and strategies.

Graduates will have the skills to take a key position in interdisciplinary project teams in the early stages of project development in the interests of high architectural quality, or to open up professional fields outside the original architectural profession.

The Master of Architecture: Project Development was accredited in 2007 and re-accredited in 2016. The new Master of Science degree, awarded in accordance with the reaccreditation and the current examination regulations, is nationally and internationally recognised and qualifies the holder for doctoral studies at a European university and for higher national civil service positions.

*For documents such as exam regulations and module handbook, please visit the programme's german page.

Module descriptions

While the focus of the Bachelor's degree is on the implementation of architectural projects, the Master's degree in Architecture: Development analyses issues relating to the development of projects and the relationship between the built environment, human behaviour, commerce and culture with experts from the fields of media, finance, communication, urbanism and architecture and develops new concepts and strategies. As a rule, these will be architectural projects. However, architectural thinking also helps to analyse and develop strategies in related areas such as urban marketing and media communication. Synergies with the other two Master's programmes at Bochum University of Applied Sciences (Architecture Mediamanagement and Städtebaumaster NRW) are developed and used here.

Module plan (as of 2010):

M1 - Media and Communication

  • M 1.1: Media perception
  • M 1.2: Communication in architecture

M2 - Scientific Methodology

  • M 2.1: Social science basics
  • M 2.2: Introduction to the methodology of research-based conceptualisation

M3 - Urbanism and Sociology

  • M 3.1: Future urban development tasks
  • M 3.2: Effects of the initiated project on urban developments and on the environment (enviroment)

M4 - Concept development - Project 

  • M 4.1: Project development with changing initial scenarios
  • M 4.2: Programme development

M5 - Economics and law

  • M 5.1: Property management 1, basics
  • M 5.2: Real estate management 2, forms of financing and realisation

M6 - Thesis

  • M 6.1: Master's thesis

Admission requirements

International prospective students

As an international student applicant, please note the German language skills required for this degree programme.

  • 8-semester Bachelor's degree (240 credit points) or Diplom degree in Architecture (Building Construction) with an overall grade of 2.5 (up to 2.59) or better.
  • Applicants with qualifications obtained abroad may be admitted on application, provided that proof of equivalence can be provided.
  • Participation in the selection interview
  • The selection interviews will be held on 24.07.2023 and 25.07.2023.
  • You will receive an invitation to the selection interview with a specific date, time and location by email from Student Services after the application deadline.
  • Details on the selection interview can be found in § 4 of the statutes on the organisation of the selection procedure (PDF file) dated 2 May 2014.

If you have completed a 6 or 7-semester Bachelor's degree in Architecture (Building Construction) with an overall grade of 2.5 or better, you can also apply.

However, once you have enrolled on the Master's degree programme, you must complete 60 or 30 credit points (two or one semester respectively). The alignment studies are full-time studies and take place "before" the actual Master's programme, i.e. not in parallel.

The harmonisation credits (modules from the architecture programme, e.g. design, building construction, construction management, etc.) are put together individually. The specific structure of the harmonisation programme is determined by the chair of the examination board.

Career prospects

Through research cooperation with institutions, companies, cities and municipalities as well as independent planning offices, the Master's programme provides a network that enables synergies for your future career.

Graduates of this Master's programme are thought leaders, idea generators and responsible moderators within a planning team, without having to master the specialist disciplines individually. They will be able to formulate and evaluate requirements and thus initiate and conceptualise architectural projects.

For the benefit of society and the significant improvement of building culture, the interdisciplinary skills acquired will enable them to shorten planning processes, improve their quality and develop concepts characterised by responsible urban intervention, sustainable design power and resilient economic perspectives.

Thanks to the additional knowledge and proven application of the project study programme, graduates will have immediate access to a wide range of fields of work that are only open to classically trained architects after years of professional experience.

The Master of Science degree is nationally and internationally recognised and qualifies graduates for doctoral studies at a European university as well as for higher positions in the national civil service.

Architecture project development