Structure of the programme

We see architecture studies as a learning landscape. You get to choose your own path.


The Master’s degree programme in Architecture and Planning shown in the attached table represents a recommendation. Thanks to the modular structure of the programme, the study plan can be assembled individually. This allows a variety of transitions between more or less intensive semesters.

The general study plan of the programme is structured into four semesters. The programme can be commenced both in the winter and the summer semester. In semester 1 and 2, the advanced studios take place. An optional exchange semester is possible in the second semester. Semesters 3 and 4 are dedicated to the Master’s thesis. The Master’s degree programme in Architecture consists of the following module categories:


Advanced Studios

The Advanced Studios give students the opportunity to engage with architecture as a socially responsible practice on a variety of scales applying a multitude of design‐ and research methods, preparing them for the demands of the broad field of architecture and planning. The interdisciplinary Project Studio is the primary force of education with intensive one‐to‐one instruction in small groups.

Architectural and urban design is practiced in the context of projects of varying complexity, ranging from constructive building details and structures, to planning entire settlements and habitats.

Instruction methods build upon intrinsic motivation and promote self‐study. The project‐design is represented in drawings, models, images, and by using all other available media. Teamwork is conducted with particular attention to the internal organisation and workings of the teams. The instructors specify scope, characteristics, and requirements of the projects. They are responsible for team formation, structuring and organisation of the advanced studio as well as for inviting external experts.

The structure of the semester consists of the project studio creating the opportunity to optimally incorporate the individual integrations into the accompanying project design. In this way the implementation of various teaching formats which best match the project is possible. It enables students to develop an in‐depth understanding of specific theoretical topics and to apply them directly in the main project design.

A one‐week seminar or excursion week as well as the intermediate presentation of the project work are integral parts of the teaching structure of the semester. The semester concludes with the one‐week final presentations and a subsequent mentoring week in which a mentoring committee meets with the students.

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Exchange Semester

In semester 2, an optional exchange semester at one of our partner universities is possible.

MILSA (Mentoringprogramm für interkulturelles Lernen während des studentischen Auslandaufenthaltes) is a mentoring program for intercultural learning for students studying abroad. MILSA prepares students for the challenges of intercultural communication. The programme accompanies the students before, during and after their study abroad at a foreign host university. The aim is to support students in building an open and constructive attitude to the new learning environment, thereby increasing their chances of achieving good academic performance.



The Essentials combine relevant theoretical topics, knowledge and skills in order to support practical professional work. They provide a base in historical, theoretical and technical studies as well as specific tools to successfully design, manage and communicate projects as well as set up business plans and strategies.

Two Essentials in historical, theoretical and technical studies form the base for the Master’s Thesis. These studies allow the student to develop his/her own architectural agenda comprising literature reviews, case studies, material experiments and extensive research and consultation.


The Electives allow students to deepen their knowledge in areas addressed in the Project Studio. They combine relevant topics, knowledge and skills in order to support theoretical and practical professional work in architecture and planning as well as in humanities.

Pro Bono

The Pro Bono Projects are intended to strengthen the sense of responsibility towards society. They allow students to strengthen their independence through praxis‐relevant/hands‐on work which can be self-initiated or predefined by the Institute of Architecture and Planning.

The Pro Bono projects are designed, planned and set up by the students, always under the guidance of one or more supervisor(s). The Pro Bono Projects generate added value for Liechtenstein and the region. International Pro Bono projects are also possible.


Preliminary Study

In semester 3, the student prepares the Master’s thesis by means of a preliminary study. The goal of the preliminary study is for the student to outline the research design and define the research interests. The scope and specific topic of the thesis are determined in an elaborate disposition and in close supervision with 2‐3 thesis supervisors. In the preliminary study the supervision consists of directing the preparation of the thesis proposal and the research design as well as the development of the student’s clear conceptual position.

Master´s Thesis

After a successful completion of the preliminary study the student starts the in‐depth elaboration of their Master’s thesis. The goal of the Master’ thesis is for the student to deepen their acquired knowledge and to strengthen their independent way of working by developing their capacity for integrative thinking and the creative management of major architectural tasks.

At the centre of the freely chosen topic are the independent elaboration, the in‐depth research and discussion as well as the conceptual design of the project.


Guidelines & regulations

Curriculum MSc Architecture
Study and assessment regulations
Student regulations
Admissions guideline


API Scholarships

The Institute of Architecture and Planning is awarding several API scholarships to regular students of the Master’s degree programme in Architecture at the University of Liechtenstein. The API scholarships, awarded per semester to applicants who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence are provided by the Stiftung für Produkteinnovation API (= Foundation for Product Innovation) which supports the research and development of projects addressing sustainable construction and energy efficiency.

There is no guarantee that students who have been awarded a scholarship for one semester will continue to receive one for the entire duration of their studies at the University of Liechtenstein.

Successful applicants will receive CHF 2,000 at the beginning of the semester. This is the equivalent of the tuition fee (CHF 1,250), estimated costs for printing and materials (CHF 250) and the average cost of a design seminar (CHF 500).

To be eligible for re-application, students must have completed a minimum of 20 ECTS in their previous semester at the University of Liechtenstein (including an Advanced Studio) and their overall performance (grade) must be above average. There is no guarantee that even if these criteria are fulfilled, the scholarship will be awarded.

To apply for the API scholarship please submit in addition to your application letter expressing your financial need, the API application form and one reference from your current/most recent employer, indicating their support for you.
API Application form.pdf (0.8 MB)

Please return the API application form completed and signed not later than 30 June for the winter semester and 31 December for the summer semester, together with the following mandatory enclosures:
One reference: from your current/most recent employer, indicating their support for you.

Please find the application submission address below and for further information contact:
Dipl. Arch. FH Jeannette Risch 
T +423 265 11 24

General information on financing your studies