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Master of Arts (M.A.)

Sustainable Landscape Design and Development

Is sustainable landscape architecture and development your passion? Have you already completed a bachelor’s degree program on this or a related topic, and want to deepen your knowledge through a master’s degree? If you are also looking for an international focus in the English language, want to sharpen your overview and develop your management qualities, then welcome to our program!


Your heart beats for...

Sustainable urban landscape projects, UN SDGs and landscape development, International teamwork and exchange, Informative excursions and experts meetings, Internship with real life experience, Practical part: 70 %, Foreign language: English: 20 %

A Degree Program with a Future

Type of Study

The first two semesters consist of required and mandatory elective subjects, as well as a landscape and a landscape planning and development project with real-life project work. The 3rd semester is an internship, and the 4th semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis.

  • A Bachelor's degree (or higher) in landscape architecture or in a related field such as architecture, urban planning, environmental planning, etc. with a grade point average of at least 2.3 in Germany
  • Information about the application process can be found on this page.
Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1st Semester

  • Human-centered Open Space Planning and Design
  • Sustainable Planting Design
  • Landscape and Regional Planning in Germany
  • Quality in Detailed Design
  • Extra Muros 1
  • Urban Landscape Project

2nd Semester

  • Compulsory elective subject 1
  • Compulsory elective subject 2
  • Compulsory elective subject 3
  • Compulsory elective subject 4
  • Extra Muros 2
  • Landscape Planning and Development Project

3rd Semester

  • Internship

4th Semsester

  • Master Thesis 
  • Colloquium (oral examination)
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

In this master's degree program, you will gain comprehensive perspective on the wide range of sustainability aspects in landscape architecture. Practice-oriented and professionally focused – including with respect to newly created work areas on the market. In the master’s degree program, you will combine tradition and innovation in planning, designing, and developing urban and rural areas. Focus on the challenges of the 21st century, such as

  • Climate change
  • Water-sensitive urban development
  • Biodiversity
  • Gender equitable cities
  • Energy landscapes
  • Healthy cities
  • Food safety
  • Urban shrinkage processes
  • Increasing urbanization and migration

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework for the content of our master’s degree program.

Job Profiles

Our degree program in Sustainable Landscape Design and Development is primarily application-oriented. It prepares you

  • to conduct academic work in environmental or planning research areas
  • to carry out leadership or management duties in sustainable landscape design and development in Germany and abroad
  • to begin a career in the sciences/academia and complete a Ph.D.
As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to zero hunger
  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to gender equality
  • directly to industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to responsible consumption and production
  • directly to climate action
  • directly to life on land

Studying at Sustainable Campus Höxter

Our Sustainable Campus in Höxter

The Höxter campus is home to our environment-related degree programs. They are combined in the departments of Environmental Engineering and Applied Computer Science as well as Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The participation with several projects in the "Landesgartenschau 2023" in Höxter illustrates how presentable and exciting sustainability can be. Modern teaching and laboratory facilities guarantee practical work, as does the university's own botanical garden. Sustainability is tangible everywhere on the campus, for example when fertilizers and pesticides can be reduced with the help of digitalization in agriculture as part of the "Precision Farming" degree program. Here, as in the environmental engineering degree programs, the campus cooperates with municipalities and companies, for example when it comes to water purification or landfill remediation. The beautiful location on the curve of the Weser River and the proximity to the city center make the campus a perfect match.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Sustainable Landscape Design and Development
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Study model:
Standard period of study:
4 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Sustainable Campus Höxter
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 31.05.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.04. – 31.05.
Currently no application possible