In addition to developing and coordinating designs, plans and measures, the particular activities involved in land-use planning lie in the use of planning instruments on different levels (urban, regional and national planning, European land-use planning). Social and economic structures and processes within the framework of political objectives play an important role during implementation.
The core specialist skills of graduates of the master's programme consist in a mastery of a sound set of theoretical and methodological instruments for analysing the spatial circumstances when dealing with the diverse tasks involved in land-use planning and in developing alternative solutions.
Graduates of the master's programme in Regional Planning and Development should be capable of cooperating creatively as responsible managers in the performance of these tasks.
Against a backdrop of altered planning contexts, objectives and expectations of planning, the range of tasks involved in land-use planning has changed and expanded considerably in recent years. These requirements are met by the master's programme through the specialist breadth, the different forms of knowledge transfer and the balance between general and specialist training.
Overview of the programme
Since 2005/06, the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at TU Wien has offered a four-semester master's programme in Regional Planning and Development comprising 120 ECTS, which follows on directly from the six-semester bachelor's programme of the same name. TU Wien is the only university in Austria to offer this master's programme. The academic title of Diplomingenieur/in (Dipl.-Ing.) is awarded upon successful completion of the programme. The master's programme includes compulsory modules with a total of 42 ECTS credits as well as related and free elective modules with a total of 48 ECTS credits. The thesis constitutes an additional 30 ECTS credits.
The compulsory modules of the master's programme include:
- Sustainable Urban Development
- Planning Theory
- Regional and Structural Policy
- Regional Planning and Regional Development
- Urban and Regional Economics
- Traffic System Planning
- Building Codes and Civil Engineering Law
- Landscape Planning
- Social Inequality, Segregation and Integration
Particular importance is placed on completing a practical team project ("P3") on current issues (14 ECTS). Students can also choose from a wide range of specific modules and to set their own individual focus. Numerous domestic and foreign excursions form an integral part of the programme.
Study abroad and work placements
Numerous excursions both in and out of Austria form an integral part of the programme. Thanks to Erasmus partnerships, there are many opportunities to spend semesters abroad at European universities, an option which is taken up by the vast majority of students.