Study structure

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The study program Urban and Regional Planning of the Department 06 I ASL is interdisciplinary linked with the two departmental study programs Architecture and Landscape Planning & Landscape Architecture and thus creates a basis for interdisciplinary thinking and acting. This meets today's requirements for the profession, which is characterized by broad, interdisciplinary and constantly changing tasks.

We teach and research spatial design in architecture, urban planning and landscape planning in a reciprocal context. The goal of developing space and society sustainably connects all three disciplines.

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Bachelor Urban and Regional Planning

The aim of the 6-semester Bachelor's program in Urban and Regional Planning is to acquire knowledge and competencies that provide a sound basis for the Master's program and enable students to work in limited fields of activity in planning in a structural-spatial or strategic-conceptual context or in other related fields of activity.

The training of planning and design competence forms the core of the curriculum throughout the entire course of study.

Basic skills are learned that are prerequisites for planning and designing:

the understanding of spatial thinking and causal relationships,

the design of spaces and processes,

the use of technical and communicative tools, be it by hand, computer or model making

as well as the successful presentation of one's own work.

Study structure

Our module structure allows for choice and combination, which increases as the course progresses, to meaningfully combine the competency areas of knowledge, understanding, and skill.

The inaugural studios and project modules teach essential key skills:

  • the ability to work in a team and to manage time,
  • to work conceptually, creatively and scientifically,
  • communication, integration and presentation skills

In parallel, there is a broad, cross-ASL basic education in the four fields of study:

  • General Sciences
  • Fine arts, design and performance
  • Instruments, methods and technology
  • Planning objects and planning levels

Basic subject-specific knowledge is continuously built up in the two orientations of urban and regional planning required in professional practice:

  • the planning-conceptual and planning-scientific orientation of planning (urban and regional development) 
  • the design-related design-oriented orientation (urban planning)

Field trips, exchange programs & Practical experience

Already in the introductory phase of studies, excursions open up a critical view of practice. Exchange programs to international universities offer the chance to deepen studies abroad and foster relationships with students from other countries. The practical semester complements and deepens the education and enables students to get to know the working world in an office, a nature conservation authority or another relevant institution.

While the theoretical-systematic courses offered in the first three semesters of study are predominantly compulsory, an increased proportion of compulsory elective modules after the 3rd semester of the bachelor's degree allows for a specification of the course content with individually chosen focal points of interest.

The interdisciplinary oriented introductory studio in the 1st semester serves as an introduction to the basics and diversity of planning or designing. The focus of the studio work is on conceptual and creative thinking, design and representation as well as communication within the team and externally.

The aim of the introduction is to convey the common content-related basics and initial methodological knowledge - such as perspective drawing or the basics of computer work in CAD or layout programs - for the three disciplines of architecture, urban planning and landscape planning.

The introductory project in the 2nd semester expands the learned skills on the basis of a subject-related task with comparatively simple structural-spatial or conceptual contexts.

In the 3rd-6th semesters, project modules are offered in the elective area that combine the learning objective of design and planning competence with various subject content focuses.

A practical project module with accompanying seminars is integrated into the 5th semester of the bachelor's program, which serves to link theory and practice and a personal strengths and weaknesses analysis. It is organized and supervised by the department. In this module, students get to know the demands of practice by working in an office and can make valuable contacts for the time after graduation.

At this point, the students have the experience and knowledge from four semesters of study at their disposal and can thus also be entrusted with independent activities at the practical sites. Subsequently, within the framework of the bachelor thesis, there is the opportunity to specifically expand the interests, deficits and potentials identified in the practical project.

The project module in the 6th semester of study generally prepares students specifically for the topic of the final thesis (Bachelor's thesis). The further course of studies and the final bachelor thesis are designed in such a way that the interests formed at the latest in the practical project can be intensified.


A degree program consists of modules that are defined in the examination regulations and described in more detail in the module handbook. In terms of content and time, it makes sense to study these modules in a certain order. For each degree program, there is a sample study plan that shows you an ideal typical course. If you study in this way, you will be able to complete your studies in the standard period of study. This is not always possible, so there may be individual deviations from the suggested sequence. When planning, you should bear in mind that not every module is offered in the winter and summer semesters and that some modules necessarily build on each other or have other participation requirements. The student advisor will support you in the individual organization of your studies.

Sample study plan