International Programmes 2021/2022

Advanced Architecture — From Urban Design to Building Construction Advanced Architecture

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences • Frankfurt am Main

Master of Science (MSc)
In cooperation with

International partner universities in Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, and the Netherlands

Teaching language
  • English

All courses (120 ECTS) are offered in English.

For interested participants, however, it is also possible to choose courses taught in the German language (maximum of 30 ECTS) from the closely related German Master's programme in “Entwurf und Konstruktion”.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Summer semester
More information on beginning of studies

The programme starts annually in April.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the next summer semester is 1 March of the same year for applicants holding German Bachelor's degrees. Applicants with Bachelor’s degrees from foreign countries must submit their applications by 15 October of the previous year.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Students gain broad knowledge of design and construction through a combination of lecture series and modules that discuss design and construction in the areas of urban design, design of buildings in existing contexts and built environments, and design of new buildings. These topics are directly related to internationally oriented projects and a series of elective modules, giving students the chance to focus on their individual interests, which may then become the main focus of their Master’s theses. Moreover, 30 ECTS can be chosen from the German Master’s degree programme in “Design and Construction“ (“Entwurf und Konstruktion”).

By intensively studying several contexts from a global, diversity-oriented, and multicultural point of view, students develop an ability to independently translate any abstract design into a concrete implementation of material and construction. They will be able to combine professional, practical, technical, economic, ecological, and social aspects while, at the same time, taking varied cultural, historical, and climatic situations into consideration.

In the fourth semester, students write their Master’s theses.

The modules complement each other and are linked to one another, for instance, through combined projects, excursions, lectures, conferences, and e-learning. The integrated, international structure of the degree course offers students the chance to have a unique study experience in the future-oriented metropolis of Frankfurt.

Course objectives

The study programme concentrates on the combination of design and construction. “Advanced Architecture“ means designing and constructing on all scales, from urban contexts to single details. Advanced, future-oriented concepts are developed and addressed in study projects and office internships as well as with the FFin (the Frankfurt University research institute) and in close collaboration with our cooperation partners from the construction sector.

In particular, graduates will be able to work at the interface between abstract designs and their concrete implementations. This means a focus on the planning phase, referred to in the German Official Scale of Fees for Services by Architects and Engineers as “execution planning“, with strong feedback on the design process and in close connection with current developments of scientific research in design and construction.

Relevant occupational fields of graduates are in architectural, engineering, and construction companies, the construction industry, property development and housing associations, real estate companies, and the public sector as well as the research and technological development of design and construction.

Course organisation

The full-time English Master’s degree programme in “Advanced Architecture. From Urban Design to Building Construction” lasts for four semesters and operates in close conjunction with the existing German Master’s degree programme in “Design and Construction". During their two years of study, students will acquire 120 ECTS credits and will be awarded the academic degree of Master of Science (MSc).

The degree course is aimed at graduates with a first academic degree in architecture from European and non-European countries who want to focus on architecture in an international context. The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences cooperates with the Frankfurt Research Institute (Frankfurter Forschungsinstitut FFin) and a specific architectural trainee programme called TRAX to offer special on-site opportunities to students. Students can get involved in ongoing research projects in order to learn and develop scientific work through application-oriented research in the field of design and construction, or they can learn the actual implementation of concepts in practice.

The study programme complies with the UIA standards (Union of International Architects). It has passed the European Commission‘s notification procedure and provides a prerequisite for entry into the German Chamber of Architects.

First semester

Four modules are offered: Lecture Series Design (5 ECTS), Urban Contexts — Design and Construction (10 ECTS), International Design and Build Project (10 ECTS), and Impromptu Designs (5 ECTS).

Second semester

Five modules are offered: Lecture Series Construction (5 ECTS), New Buildings — Design and Construction (10 ECTS), International Design Project (5 ECTS), and two elective courses (each with 5 ECTS).

The elective courses can be chosen from a pool of nine courses offered in English, including the following courses: Visions and Utopias; Rehabilitate, Reuse, Add-On; Urban Development and District Planning; Urban Renewal and Redevelopment; "DigitalAnalog"; Experimental Design; Structural Design; Material Design; and Climate Design. The elective courses may also be chosen from nine further courses from the closely related German Master's programme in “Entwurf und Konstruktion”, which is offered in German.

Third semester

Four modules are offered: Existing Contexts — Design and Construction (10 ECTS), Specialisation project (10 ECTS), and two more elective courses (each with 5 ECTS).

Fourth semester

Master's thesis and colloquium (30 ECTS)

Types of assessment

Written and oral exams
The majority of courses require a design project for the final examination.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Integrated internships

The specialisation project course, which is proposed for the third semester, will be offered in cooperation with the Frankfurt Research Institute (Frankfurter Forschungsinstitut FFin) and a specific architectural trainee programme called TRAX. This will give students the possibility to do internships in architecture studios in Frankfurt (Main) and beyond.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

We are currently using virtual classroom formats, especially for the international design courses, which we intend to provide collectively together with colleagues and students from our European partner universities.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

The enrolment fees are currently approx. 360 EUR per semester. They also cover public transportation in the greater Frankfurt area.

Costs of living

Approx. 1,000 EUR per month, depending on accommodation costs and lifestyle

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

All excursions are co-financed, and scholarships can be requested for the preparation of the thesis.

Academic admission requirements

Admission to the English-language Master’s degree programme in “Advanced Architecture“ is granted to applicants with a diploma or Bachelor's degree in architecture with 180 ECTS, completed with a grade that corresponds at least to the grade of 2.3, as calculated according to the German grading system. Applicants will have to submit a CV, a portfolio describing their studies, and a letter of motivation. They also have to provide proof of at least a four-month internship in an area relevant to architecture.

Language requirements

English language skills should be at the level of TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6, or Cambridge First Certificate (A), corresponding to the level GER/CEFR B2. Native English speakers as well as graduates from English-language Bachelor's programmes are exempt.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the next summer semester is 1 March of the same year for applicants holding German Bachelor's degrees. Applicants with Bachelor’s degrees from foreign countries must submit their applications by 15 October of the previous year.

Submit application to

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

Possibility of finding part-time employment

International students are allowed to work for 120 full days a year.

Frankfurt (Main) is one of the most interesting and dynamic job markets for architects in Germany. Additionally, the Master's programme in “Advanced Architecture“ cooperates with a job placement agency that specialises in placing architecture students in jobs in Frankfurt (Main) and beyond.


Accommodation is provided by state-run as well as private sector halls of residence. The university website provides useful addresses.

Career advisory service

The International Office offers International Career Service as an additional support for international students.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
Supervisor-student ratio

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences offers practice-oriented study programmes of a high academic standard, opening the way to a broad range of attractive professions. Frankfurt University’s international orientation paves the way to the global job market. It not only offers a wide range of language courses and language learning levels but also maintains partnerships with about 100 universities worldwide. Students graduate with Bachelor's or Master's degrees that are in conformity with international standards.

Faculty One unites three departments: Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geomatics. At the Nibelungenplatz campus, the degree courses of study in the planning of our built environment encompass all phases of planning, from design to implementation. The school has a tradition of more than one hundred years.

In the year 1908, the Royal Baugewerkschule with its department of civil engineering was founded in Frankfurt. The Staatsbauschule was formed in 1931 and the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main emerged from it 40 years later. On 1 July 2014, the name “Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main” was changed to “Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences”.

The Faculty One offers five Bachelor's and nine Master's degree courses with the main focus on Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geomatics. Fifty-five professors and additional lecturers from the areas and contexts of economy, industry, and administration educate over 2,000 students and are supported by more than 40 employees in laboratories and administration.

The strengths of Faculty One include a broad undergraduate education in the Bachelor's programmes and a differentiated professional specialisation with high practical relevance in the Master's programmes. Personal contact between professors and students, small study groups, and individual support offer the best conditions for high-quality and successful studies.

14,000 Total number of students
25 Percentage of international students

University location

With just 700,000 inhabitants, Frankfurt am Main calls itself a "small metropolis". As one of the main financial, trade and logistics centres in Europe, the city is the hub of a flourishing region in the heart of Germany, the Rhine-Main area. It has a strong multinational and multicultural character and attracts businesspeople, students and tourists alike. It is a city of striking contrasts – historical and modern, commerce and culture, dynamism and tranquillity. Pubs, restaurants, museums, parks, an opera house and many theatres provide a rich social and cultural life. Frankfurt has an excellent public transport system, extending to the whole urban region and even to the beautiful landscape of the nearby Taunus Hills. A large number of fascinating natural and cultural heritage sites are well worth visiting.