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Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The interdisciplinary bachelor's program in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning is devoted to the interpretation, development and design of landscapes.

TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Due to the current situation, the application deadlines for bachelor's programs  for the winter semester 2020/21 will be extended once until July 31st, 2020.

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 8 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The interdisciplinary bachelor's program in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning deals with the interpretation, development and design of landscapes. As such, the focus lies primarily on open spaces in populated areas.

To this end, the program fosters competencies in the social, cultural and natural sciences, as well as in engineering. The focus of landscape architecture lies on the area of design, while landscape planning focuses on aspects of planning science. In order to do justice to the complex demands of the thematic area, the program combines both pillars and, at the same time, allows for early specialization. 

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

The bachelor's program in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning consists of lower-division courses and upper-division courses.

  • The first two semesters are devoted to the lower-division courses. These impart foundational knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies, and provide orientation between the two specialist fields.
  • Central to the upper-division courses during the third semester, besides the broadening out of knowledge of the discipline through core subjects, is project work. Modules in a minor subject and required elective disciplines allow for the creation of an individual study and competence profile. The compulsory stay abroad enriches professional competencies and prepares students for embarking on an international career.
  • The degree concludes with a bachelor's thesis, which deals with a topic relating to the chosen specialization.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate, you are in a position to independently handle various types of problems relating to the design of open spaces, the development of landscapes and nature conservation. Based on your specialist knowledge, you also select suitable methods of analysis, assessment, design and planning, and apply these. In accordance with your chosen course of studies, you have at your disposal further technical training and methodological competencies. You can develop design solutions to complex problems and work out their structural feasibility. Alternatively, you will have specialized in the formulation of expert reports containing plans and texts on the status of landscapes and associated development goals.

In your work, you draw upon sound knowledge of the areas of construction engineering and plant use, botany and ecology, garden design and the history of ideas, design and CAD, as well as planning theory, instruments and law. Moreover, in accordance with your individual choice of courses, you have at your disposal skills and knowledge relating to architecture and urban design, as well as soil science and spatial planning.

Independently of the chosen focus of your studies, your practical planning work shows a consciousness of social, historical and ecological contexts. You will also have developed a basic understanding of questions relating to the natural and cultural sciences. 

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Should you decide to enter a profession upon completing the bachelor's program, opportunities arise in architecture and planning firms, as well as in construction and environmental planning. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit during the online application?

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure evaluating your ability to successfully manage the particular qualitative requirements of the bachelor’s program.

In the first stage, your overall secondary school grades, your grades in subject-specific courses, and any relevant practical experience or additional qualifications will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview.

Students who earned their higher education entrance qualification in a non-German language school in another country and whose native language is not German must take part in an admissions interview to assess their subject-specific language skills. 

In detail: 

The aptitude assessment procedure for the degree program

Where can I find the online application portal?

Do I have to complete an internship?

Internships are not required. In the 5th term a stay abroad is provided. This can be served as a practical training, at a university or as a stay abroad for research.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program. 

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