4507773: Master's thesis

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Semester:SS 18
Scheduled in semester:4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:120.0 L / 90.0 h
Self-directed study time:690.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)


The master's thesis consists of an analysis that investigates the context within which a project is set, identifying its challenges, the formulation of one or more working hypotheses and research questions which form the basis for the design proposal and the written thesis. A developed hypothesis is verified (or falsified) within the context of a given or freely chosen project, developing it into a designed architectural proposal and/ or into an in-depth theoretical or historical-theoretical investigation.

Learning Outcomes

Professional competence

  • Execute complex defined and self-defined projects of research, development or investigation and identify and implement relevant outcomes.
  • Develop an architectural idea into a sustainable proposal, carefully taking into consideration the project's historical, theoretical, cultural, economic and social context.
  • Communicate and articulate ideas and information fluently in English language and work comprehensively in visual, oral and written forms.
  • Make formal presentations about specialist topics to informed audiences.
  • Exercise autonomy and initiative in carrying out set project briefs and self-directed programme of study.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage time and physical resources in relation to set project briefs and self-directed programmes of study as an individual and a group member.
  • Deal with complex ethical and professional issues.
  • Show competence in analysing case studies and the ability to infer principles and motivations.

Methodological competence
  • Apply a variety of design- and research methods and visualization techniques
  • Have knowledge of scientific or artistic methods within an interdisciplinary context

Social competence
  • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing or visual communication
  • Understand how to work with confidence in the complex organisational and community settings within which the applied methods and design processes are typically deployed.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for assignments, exercises, experiments, presentations etc

Personal competence
  • Assess own work and put it into a historical, theoretical and social context.
  • Gain confidence in own role and the persuasive and accountable manner in which it is expected to be performed.


Lectures Method

design studio, exercises, experiment, research, writing, visualising, modelling, presenting, case study, peer feedback


Successfully passed module "Thesis Preparation"

Exam Modalities

mid-term and final presentation and defence, book


  • PAR MA 14_Master's thesis (SS 18, in Planung)