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Architecture: Residential Building

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Architecture: Residential Building M.Sc.

The master's degree program of Architecture: Integrated Housing Development offers an attractive opportunity for specialization to graduates of an architecture degree program of at least eight semesters (bachelor's degree/diploma).

This degree program deals with influencing factors and demand situations for sustainable renewal strategies in housing construction and specializes you in the area of strategic housing construction development in a application-oriented manner. Upon successfully completing the program you acquire the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.).

What's in Store for You

The master's degree program of Integrated Housing Development focuses on a one-year project in the area of housing construction, which is analyzed, scrutinized and further developed conceptually in a process-based manner in close cooperation with experts and executives from the scientific, business and political arenas. An important objective is the acquisition of a comprehensive perspective that discerns the complex realities of housing construction. This enables you to design sustainable concepts for the development of new forms of housing and devise the updating of existing buildings. Further, you will relate spatial, typological and economical aspects of housing construction with sociological, psychological and historical circumstances.

At a Glance

Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) 
Type of program: full-time
Standard period of study: 2 semesters
ECTS credits: 60 
Starting semester: winter semester
Language: German

Application period

Winter semester: from 15 July

Program Structure

AnalysisSocial Space
TypologyTypological AnalysesSociologyThe Psychology of Housing
PoliticsHousing Policies
Masters SeminarProseminar: Exposé
Urban Space
Typological DesignHousing Sociology
Housing Law
Master's ThesisThesis
PlanningMaster PlanUrban PlanningUrban Development
Cultural HistoryThe Culture of the Home
EconomyThe Housing Industry
Case Studies
Urban Development Design
Residential History

Your professional prospects

With the completion of the two-semester full-time degree program (60 ECTS), the internationally agreed-upon total study time of five years (300 ECTS) for the second university degree has been achieved and entitles you to do a doctorate, work in senior civil service and, after two years of working professionally, to practice the occupation of architect worldwide.

Additional areas of the job market open up to graduates of the master's degree program, particularly in the planning of housing construction and the housing industry, in public and private institutions, and in scientific projects and facilities. You are able to assume charge of larger-scale projects or, as a manager, to lead others and aspire to higher levels of responsibility in professional qualifications and personnel managament in the long-term.

Studying and family

Mainz University of Applied Sciences guarantees all students childcare facilities for children starting at the age of six months. For further information on the network of daycare providers or the on-campus nursery school (Kita Campulino) please go to: Studies/While studying/Studying with a child

Mainz University of Applied Sciences has been awarded the basic certificate "Family-friendly university".

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Who to contact

Prof. Michael Spies
Degree program director
T +49 6131 628-1233
michael.spies (at)