Master of Science in
Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning

The master's degree program is created with an orientation towards both, well-founded professional qualification and scientific research. Practical skills and theoretical knowledge are communicated on the basis of detailed fundamental knowledge through the study of current issues in research and practice. This develops the capability to practice in all areas of the discipline, in the contexts of spatial and structural design, as well as strategic and conceptual planning.

A particular aim of the four-semester master's degree program is to create an individual study profile tailored to the diverse, changing requirements of areas of professional practice that are highly differentiated in both methodology and content.

The development of planning and design expertise in complex and interdisciplinary contexts forms the core of the curriculum over the entire course of study. Teaching content and methods are based on the unity of teaching and research. Beyond the teaching of specialized knowledge, they are geared towards developing methodological, systemic and strategic skills.

Master Programs

Master Program ST: Urban Design
Focus: in-depth spatial analysis and urban design with consideration of architectural, urban and landscape planning issues
Specific learning objectives:

  • Design competence with respect to new sites and modernization/completion of existing urban structures and reflection within the discourse of urban theories

Master Program LF: Landscape Architecture and Open-Space Planning
Focus: Open-space design, design methodology and technology (development and innovation) focused planning and design strategies
Specific learning objectives:

  • in Landscape Architecture: emphasis on free inductive and experimental approaches to promote innovative design results
  • in Open-Space Planning: sustainable, spatial and organizational concepts for the development of open spaces at district, city and regional levels

Master Program ULM: Environmental Planning and Landscape Management
Focus: Concepts and planning strategies for managing environmental factors and natural resources requiring protection (air and climate, water, soil and rocks, flora and fauna, ecosystems, cultural heritage, landscapes)
Specific learning objectives:

  • The application of scientific, planning and legal standards and methods in planning; understanding and extending existing database by conducting environmental and landscape analysis.

Master Program LB: Landscape Practice & Planting Design
Focus: Planning and design strategies for landscape practice & planting design
 (development and innovation) with a strong emphasis on implementation.
Specific learning objectives:

  • creative planning of vegetation, and of plant design, with consideration of current ecological, aesthetic, cultural, and functional usage aspects

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master's degree program can be granted to those who

  • have obtained a degree in the same or a related discipline at the University of Kassel, or 
  • have obtained a degree in the same or a related discipline from another university or technical college in the Federal Republic of Germany or from a foreign university with a standard study duration of at least six semesters.