Degree Master of Arts
Start of study Winter semester
Application period Winter semester 01 June until 15 July
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Credits 120

Accredited by the ACQUIN Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute and notified to the European Union in 2018.

Admission restricted Yes
Admission requirements

see admission requirements

Language of instruction German
Faculty/institution School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Integrated stay abroad No
Study format part-time study

The part-time Master's programme in Architecture/Environmental Design at the School of Architecture Bremen enables you to combine your studies with professional practice in a sensible and uncomplicated way. The six-semester structure is designed in such a way that your studies at the university are supplemented by an accompanying practical phase in an architecture firm.

This means that you gain a wide range of practical experience even before you graduate. The special link between your studies and the practice is supplemented by regular project reports and guest critiques contributed by renowned architects from Germany and abroad – and rounded off by accompanying field reports. On the one hand, this opens up networking opportunities with professionals in the field, and on the other, it brings insights into a supra-regional, international practice horizon.

Career prospects

Context-related architecture is playing an increasingly important role in dealing with the challenges raised by a highly mechanised and economised environment (including building redevelopment, resource-saving construction, low energy consumption). With its part-time Master's programme in Architecture/Environmental Design, the School of Architecture Bremen focuses on the relationship between architecture and the environment, both in terms of society and building culture as well as technology and economics.

If you are interested in this type of profiling and wish to improve your professional opportunities in the field, then this is the right programme for you.

The Master of Arts degree enables admission to the Chambers of Architects in the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany. It also fulfils the requirements of the European Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013) and the UNESCO/UIA Charter for the Education of Architects. It thus qualifies for worldwide recognition as an architect.

Programme structure

Your part-time Master's programme in Architecture / Environmental Design is organised as follows:

  • 1st to 5th semester - 1 project module or 3 elective modules each semester
  • Semester 6 - Thesis
  • The colloquium of the Master's thesis constitutes the professionally qualifying conclusion of your studies.
  • You are free to choose how to exchange modules and decide in which semester you sign up for a project or take the required 3 elective modules.

Specialisation areas

You must choose each of the following profile areas in the course of your studies:

A: Location and Society

B: Construction and Economy

C: Materials and Ecology

Elective modules

Subject-related, interdisciplinary offerings and key competences. At least two elective modules must be completed in subject-related areas.

In individual cases and upon request, the chairperson of the examination committee may consent that three elective modules, including one module on a subject-related topic, may be replaced by a project module.

Examination regulations (German)


Throughout your studies at the School of Architecture at the Hochschule Bremen, you will have access to generously proportioned workrooms where you can get down to work on your projects and join in discussion with other students. In addition, your teachers will regularly provide suggestions and criticism in the form of ‘round-table feedback’.

In addition to the workrooms, you also have access to spacious and well-equipped workshop and CAD rooms as well as an extensive reference library (construction documentation) and a photo studio.


The School of Architecture Bremen is comprehensively networked with universities in other European and non-European countries. In the frame of your studies, you therefore enjoy a wide range of opportunities for short- or long-term stays abroad. This gives you the opportunity to gain valuable international experience – for example within the framework of the Erasmus programme.

Of course, we also cultivate a welcome culture for the many international students who come to the School of Architecture every semester. The person to contact for all questions regarding stays abroad is Prof. Klaus Schäfer (klaus.schaefer@hs-bremen.de).


  1. Information

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    Questions about the degree programme can be answered by the contact persons on the degree programme pages. If you have any further questions about your decision to study at HSB, our advisory and service institutions will be happy to help.

Admission requirements

Your application must include the following documents and information:

  • Evidence of artistic aptitude, i.e. an upload of previous course work (portfolio).
  • University degree in architecture or in a comparable degree programme with at least 180 ECTS credits, as well as an average grade of at least 2.5 in the Bachelor's or Diploma degree (ECTS - Grade A-C).
  • Relevant information about the course of study of the first professionally qualifying degree, as far as it is not a study programme at the Hochschule Bremen, as a rule by means of the Transcript of Records (current certificate of credit points) as well as the Diploma Supplement.
  • The grade of the final thesis of the Bachelor's or Diplom degree in your first degree programme, must be at least 3.0.
  • Proof of at least 10 weeks of relevant professional practice, which must have been completed by the start of the Master's thesis. Students are recommended to complete a one-year practical phase before starting the Master's programme.
  • Applicants with an average grade of 2.6 to 2.8 (in their Bachelor's degree or Diplom) require at least 9 months of professional practice to qualify for admission.
  • Practical experience gathered during studies: Proof of at least 1200 hours of work in an architecture or planning office by registration for the Master's thesis.
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form

Supplementary information

  • Applicants with an average grade of 2.6 to 2.8 (in the Bachelor's degree or diploma) must provide evidence of at least 9 months of qualified professional practice* for admission.
  • In the case of a grade of 3.3 in the final thesis of the first degree programme, at least 9 months of qualified professional practice* will improve the grade of the final thesis by 0.3.

(*Professional practice is deemed to be qualified if it was carried out after acquiring the first professional qualification and in the same field and level.)


Questions about the study content

Porträtfoto Katja-Annika Pahl

Prof. Katja-Annika Pahl
Entwerfen, Darstellung und Gestaltung
+49 421 5905 2669

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