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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Landscape Architecture

This Master’s program focuses on landscape architecture based on overarching annual topics that address all of the focal areas within the Bachelor's degree program, combining them into each topic area. Students learn key core areas of expertise in the process: They learn how to manage and moderate complex planning processes and how to make planning decisions on a scientific and theoretical basis, then implement these decisions.

This Master’s program at the Höxter campus offers students further insight into landscape architecture after they complete a Bachelor’s program or other preparatory training, with added creative range. The degree program focuses on landscape planning, ecology and environmental protection, urban green space development and designing open spaces.

Each year, changing “annual topics” address current developments and trends in landscape architecture, ensuring students receive a thorough practical education. This ensures students are prepared to answer key questions they will face in the coming years.


Graduates will be qualified for careers in the following areas:

  • Property and open space planning, urban and construction management planning, village development
  • Garden memorial care
  • District planning and regional development planning
  • Landscape planning, environmental protection planning
  • Natural conservation, monitoring
  • Tourism and recreational planning
  • Project controlling
  • Expert analysis

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s or other degree in landscape architecture or a related field, with a standard program length of at least eight semesters and a grade average of 2.5 or better, or a Bachelor's or other degree in a related field, with a standard program length of at least eight semesters and a grade average of 2.5 or better with a special certificate of planning expertise. A cover letter (1-2 pages) should be enclosed with your application documents, alongside verification that you have completed two modules for at least 5 credits (CR) from at least two of the following three catalogs: 1. Design, drafting and planning, 2. Soil sciences, geology 3. Biology, ecology, botany. One subject must be completed by the time the application is submitted, and the other by the end of the second semester. Other degree programs in landscape architecture or related fields with a standard program length of at least six semesters with a grade average of 2.5 or better may be permitted after supplementary coursework. To apply, submit an application letter (1-2 pages) describing the expertise you have gained (including with work samples if applicable) and your motivation to address the annual topic. The letter should address and explain the following areas of expertise: - Access to spatial-planning topics through reference to a settlement and/or landscape - Access to the context of use and space – Implication of social contexts - Strategic thinking and sustainable action and natural sciences concept, understanding of design quality.

Adaptation Studies

Cross-entry into the Master's program in Landscape Architecture is in principle also open to graduates of other programs (such as geography, biology, urban planning, architecture, and design and art). However, for graduates from other disciplines,  adaptation studies are required, which will be determined together with the chair of the examination board depending on the qualifications brought along.

In the adaptation studies, at least three modules (each with at least 5 credits) must be completed. Depending on the qualifications acquired, modules in the fields of site science, botany, CAD, GIS & design, technology and planning law from the bachelor's degree program in landscape architecture must be taken.

A total of at least 300 credits must be earned toward the master's degree. German Diplom degrees are treated as equivalent.

Three sample cases are presented below for better illustration:

Sample 1

Educational Qualification: Master's degree in architecture with evidence of 300 credits.

Examination certificates to be earned from the adaptation studies:

  • 9104 Botany Groves
  • 9110 GIS
  • 9127 Planning Project Open Space

In addition, the student is recommended to take the following modules:

  • 9102 Biotic Fundamentals
  • 9103 Abiotic Fundamentals
  • 9123 City and Society – Introduction to Urban Planning

Sample 2

Educational Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering in landscape architecture with evidence of 210 credits.

Examination certificates to be earned from the adaptation studies:

Due to the absence of practical semesters within the previous studies, a corresponding internship in a planning office (or similar) must be completed. For the recognition of such an internship as a practical semester and for the award of 30 credits, the submission of a practical semester report / certificate of the landscape architecture office is necessary.

Sample 3

Educational Qualification: Bachelor´s degree in landscape architecture (6 semesters) and Master´s degree in environmental planning; a total of 300 credits.

Examination certificates to be earned from the adaptation studies:

  • 9104 Botany Groves
  • 9123 City and Society – Introduction to Urban Planning
  • 9110 CAD

In addition, the student is recommended to take the following modules:

  • 9180 Project 1 with the allocation to open space planning
  • 9036 Construction Technology 2
  • 9121 Synthesis City and Open Space


Current developments and trends are taken into consideration in the changing annual topics.

  • 2016/2017: Green city
  • 2017/2018: Limits to growth
  • 2018/2019: Climate change
  • 2019/2020: Green infrastructure
  • 2020/2021: Sponge City
  • 2021/2022: Post-Covid-19 Spaces – what are the implications of the pandemic and what can this mean for planning.
  • 2022/2023: Urban Green and Infill Development


The Master’s program in Landscape Architecture is divided into two phases:

Winter semester: Work on the current annual topic through a project and associated modules

Summer semester: Master's thesis and accompanying thesis seminar


Topics: Architecture and Interior Architecture, Construct and Design, Energy and Climate, Environment and Nature protection, Landscape, Technology and Engineering
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 2 semester
Credit points: 60 ECTS
Mode of study: Full-time
Acceptance: Non-restricted
Dual study program: Not possible
Course language: German
Foreign semester: Not required
Accredited by: AQAS e.V.
Preparatory course: no
Chamber ability: Yes

Application Period

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.04. – 31.08.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.04. – 31.08.
Currently no enrollment possible

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