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.

Application period

  • Applicants from Germany and EU countries: 01.04. to 31.08.
  • Applicants from non-EU countries: 01.04. to 31.08.


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


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

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Topics: Architecture and Interior Architecture, Construct and Design, Climate protection and Energy, Technology, Nature protection and Environment

Start: Winter semester
Duration: 2 semester
Foreign semester: Not required
Credit points: 60 ECTS

Location: Höxter
Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Mode of study: Full-time
Cooperative study : Not a cooperative study

Course language: German

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Phone: +49 5261 702 2535
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