Studying Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Master’s program in Architecture

The master's program in Architecture comprises four semesters. After passing the final examination, it concludes with the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Architecture. For this degree, a total of 120 ECTS credits must be earned. During the course of study, the scientific qualifications acquired in the bachelor's program further intensified and deepened.

A wide range of courses for this purpose is offered by four institutes with their respective specializations and teaching areas:

Institute for Architectural Design, Art and Theory

  • Architectural Space and Design
  • Descriptive Geometry
  • Building Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Theory of Architecture
  • Communication of Architecture

Institute for Building Design and Technology

  • Building Construction
  • Basics of Building Construction
  • Sustainable Design
  • Design Methodology
  • Building Lifecycle Management
  • Structural Design
  • Building Technology
  • Building Science

Institute for Urban and Landscape Design

  • Urban Housing and Development
  • International Urbanism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Design and Housing

Institute for the History of Art and Architecture

  • - History of Art
  • - History of Building and Architecture

In many respects, the master's program corresponds to a project study program. Each semester, for example, students have to work on a project that includes a thematic specialization.

All in all, students have a great deal of freedom of choice in the selection of project topics. There is also a wide range of choices when it comes to enrolling in courses. However, it is advisable to consult a student advisor before choosing a course. This helps students to set up an individual curriculum that will help them to develop their profile and to prepare a master's thesis.

The examination regulations and the study plan based on these contain all binding specifications for the course of study.

The standard period of study is four semesters. In addition to the courses, it includes the participation in compulsory excursions, examinations and the master’s thesis.

The study program is basically divided into modules. Each module can consist of one or more courses, which are completed by taking one or more examinations.

The scope of each module is marked by credit points, which are credited upon successful completion of the module.

Click on the study plan of the new study regulations to download it


Within the framework of the implementation of the Bologna process for the creation of a European Higher Education Area, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has set itself the goal that, as a rule, the master's degree is awarded at the end of a student’s education. The bachelor's and master's degree program in Architecture offered by the KIT Faculty of Architecture should therefore be regarded as an overall concept with a consecutive structure.

Besides, admission to the Chamber of Architects requires proof of at least four years of study.

Degree and duration of studies

2 years to the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.); a total of 120 credits (analogous to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be earned, deviations from the prescribed period of study are possible.

Program structure

The modularized master's program often corresponds to a project study. One major project is planned per semester. In addition, there are elective and optional modules from the curriculum of the four institutes of the KIT department. In addition, seminars for the teaching of key qualifications must be attended. The study program concludes with the master project. All in all, the master's program offers great freedom when selecting in-depth projects. The individual modules are defined in the curriculum, which is announced before the start of the study program.

Application and admission

The Master's program is admission-restricted.

Prerequisites for admission to the KIT Master's Program in Architecture are:

1. Bachelor’s degree

A passed* bachelor's degree (or at least equivalent) in Architecture (or a course of study with essentially the same content) at a university, university of applied sciences or university of cooperative education respectively dual university or at a foreign university The course must have been completed within the framework of a standard period of study of at least three years and with a minimum of 180 ECTS points.

 2. Minimum knowledge and performance in the fields**:

- Designing in the scope of 60 CP, including an urban development project encompassing at least 10 CP

  • Construction technology encompassing 30 CP
  • Theoretical and historical foundations encompassing 20 CP
  • Design and presentation encompassing 20 CP and
  • Urban and landscape planning encompassing 20 CP


The matching of that what was achieved in the bachelor's program to the subject fields required must be made by the applicant on a form.

 3. Internship***

A twelve-week full-time internship in an architectural office or in the building construction department of a public office or a large company.

 4. German language skills

For applicants whose native language is not German, proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language in accordance with the requirements of the admission and matriculation regulations of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

 5. Existing right to examination

That in the course of studying Architecture or a related course of studies with essentially the same content, the student has not failed a final examination that is required according to the examination regulations and the right to take the examination still exists for other reasons.

 6. Subject-specific study aptitude test (project folder/interview)

The successful participation in a subject-specific study ability test consisting of a project folder and, if necessary, an interview.

The design or project folder with samples of work should consist of the final thesis of the undergraduate bachelor's degree, further self-chosen own work from the bachelor's degree and a tabular curriculum vitae and should be submitted in DIN A4 format with a maximum of 30 pages.

The draft or project folder will be evaluated on a scale of 0 to 80 points.

 With a score of at least 61 points, the portfolio meets the requirements and the subject-specific study ability test is passed.

If the score is less than 41 points, the subject-specific study aptitude test is not passed.

With a score of 41 to 60 points the student is invited to an interview.

During the interview, you should be able to apply technical content from your studies and professional experience to questions and objectives within the field of Architecture. This includes the subject areas of design, an understanding of architectural issues, the ability to work scientifically, and technical language competence. Your conversational behavior will also be assessed in terms of expression, your approach to discussing problems and the conclusiveness of your argumentation.

The interview takes place on-site at KIT in Karlsruhe and lasts about 20 minutes.

The exact dates and location of the interview will be announced by KIT at least one week before the appointment. The applicants admitted to the interview will be invited by KIT in due time. The time frame for the interviews will be determined and announced before the application deadline.

The interview will be evaluated on a scale from 0 to 20 points.

 A total score of at least 10 points in the interview is sufficient to pass the subject-specific study aptitude test.

 Letter of motivation

To form the ranking list, a letter of motivation of a maximum of 500 words for why one selected the KIT master's program in Architecture must be enclosed.

In your letter, please explain why you are applying for the Master of Science in Architecture at KIT, why you think you are suitable for this program, and what your goals and expectations are for studying architecture at KIT.

 Ranking list

A ranking list will be drawn up among the applicants who meet the admission requirements:

  • Overall grade of the academic degree (15 points)
  • Letter of motivation (5 points)
  • Design/project folder (80 points)

Due to the high number of applicants, not all applicants who meet the admission requirements can usually be admitted. This means that even after successful completion of the interview, it is possible that admission will not be granted, as the placement on the ranking list is in the lower range.



* Admission to the master's program in Architecture can also be applied for if the bachelor's degree has not yet been obtained by the application deadline, and if it can be expected that the applicant will complete the bachelor's program in good time before the master's program in Architecture starts, based on the course of studies to date, in particular the previous examination results.

In this case, an average grade can be taken into account for the admission and selection process as well as decision, which is determined on the basis of the previous examination results. The applicant takes part in the admission and selection procedure exclusively with the average grade that has been determined as well as the previous study and examination performances. The later result of the bachelor degree will not be taken into account. The application must be accompanied by a certificate of the study and examination achievements that one has attained by the end of the application period (e.g. an excerpt from the grade sheet).

** If up to 30 CP are missing from the above-mentioned achievements, the applicant can still be admitted with the achievements that have actually been achieved if he/she successfully completes and proves these achievements within the first three semesters of the master's program in addition to the study and examination achievements required according to the relevant study and examination regulations of the master's program in Architecture.

*** If the twelve-week professional internship as per paragraph 2 no. 4 is missing, the applicant may nevertheless be admitted in individual cases on condition that he/she successfully completes the internship by the beginning of the third semester of the master's program. The fulfilment of this condition must be proven at the latest when re-registering for the fourth semester.

- Download the master's application guide

 - Form for the verification of one’s professional knowledge from the first degree program for the application to the master's program in Architecture



The KIT faculty recommends the completion of a 24-week internship in an architectural office before or during the master's program. The internship can be carried out up to the master's degree.

New study regulations as of the winter semester 2016/17

In the winter semester 2016/17 new study regulations came into effect for the master's program in Architecture. These automatically apply to all students who began their master's studies as of the winter semester 2016/17.

Further information

Specialist study advice

Dipl.-Ing. Doris Kern
study consultancy∂arch kit edu

Building 20.40
Room 140
Phone: 0721 608-42673 

Appointments by appointment.