Architecture (Bachelor)

Brief overview

DegreeBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
DepartmentMünster School of Architecture
Special type of studyfull-time
IntakeWinter semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee

Requirements and enrollment

Admissions restrictions No local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementBefore you can start this Bachelor programme, you must have completed a construction site placement lasting at least 13 weeks. You can complete your placement in various areas of construction; however, you must work for the same establishment for a minimum of four weeks. By the time you start studying, you will need to demonstrate that you have completed at least six weeks of your placement. You have until the start of the third semester to demonstrate that you have completed the remaining weeks of your placement.
Additional entrance requirements

Language requirements:

Applicants who did not acquire their study qualification at a German-speaking institution must, in addition to the admission requirements demonstrate that they have knowledge of German at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), for example by proving that they have passed the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average score of ‘4’, or must furnish equivalent proof.

Aptitude test:
We will decide whether you can be admitted to the programme in the course of a two-part application process. This process will also give you a first impression of the subject of architecture, enabling you to perhaps reconsider your study choice. The first part of the application process involves testing your artistic/creative aptitude. All students must pass this test before being admitted to the second part of the application process. To demonstrate your artistic/creative aptitude, you must prepare a portfolio containing 15 samples of your work, five of which should address a specific topic. If you pass the artistic/creative aptitude test, we will invite you for an interview. During the interview, you and two professors will reflect on your decision to study architecture.

Term of application terminates 15.04.2024.
EnrolmentThe closing date for applications to take the aptitude test for the winter semester is 15 April. Please apply online (see above for the link). Only those who pass the aptitude test can enrol at Münster University of Applied Sciences; this must be done online by 15 September.

Detailed description of the degree programme

Architects produce buildings, working creatively with a variety of media and methods – nowadays, they have a multitude of skills. They have broad specialist knowledge covering disciplines such as design and construction, as well as economic, social and cultural aspects.


After completing your Bachelor programme at Münster University of Applied Sciences, you will possess skills in the various areas of architecture, including design, construction and technical skills. You will be able to identify architectural problems, develop and communicate solutions, and manage complex projects. During the process, you will weigh up the different approaches and develop your own architectural position.

Occupational fields

With a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, you will be able to enter the world of work straight away. Possible fields include building planning, site management, project development and management, facility management or creative occupational fields – our application-oriented study programme will ensure that you are perfectly prepared for this work. Alternatively, you may want to enhance your knowledge and pursue a Master’s degree, which would enable you to use the protected professional title of ‘Architect’. With this title, you would be able to work as a self-employed architect.

Content and course sequence

In the Bachelor programme in Architecture, you will learn basic expertise and methodological skills in the core areas of the building and construction industry.

Which factors make a building safe and stable? You will learn the answers to questions like this in your first academic year, in modules on Materials Technology, Structures, and Structural Design. At a later stage of the programme, you will take modules from the multifaceted area of architecture – from Construction Management to the History of Architecture. Our wide range of courses will give you considerable freedom and many options: after all, many roads lead to Rome!

Our ‘toolbox’ of skills will accompany you throughout your studies. This toolbox will help you to understand and take in the complex design process – a central element of the course. You will start using these tools in the first semester, beginning with simple spatial exercises in design basics, and will progress to design individual buildings and even plan a whole city.

Why choose us

  • Creative environment: MSA | Münster School of Architecture is located on the Leonardo Campus, a stone’s throw from the Academy of Fine Arts and Münster School of Design. Here you will have the use of studios, workshops, a modern photo studio, 3D printers, robots, laser cutters and a specialist library. Take advantage of the special atmosphere of this creative environment to bring your ideas to life!
  • Special teaching culture: We teach architecture in an application-oriented manner. Each topic area is addressed by highly qualified professors with an international track record in design. Teaching takes place in small groups, involving discussions with your professors. Student tutors also assist in the teaching.
  • International outlook: You will learn about architecture from a number of angles. We involve international visiting professors in our teaching, and offer various seminars in English from the first semester. You can also opt to take other foreign languages.
  • High standards: Münster School of Architecture has an outstanding reputation, not only in Germany but also internationally. The quality of our training is reflected in the top ratings achieved in university rankings.

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