Zwei Studierende des Masters Landschaftsarchitektur begutachten die Bepflanzung einer Grünfläche

Landscape Architecture Master

International Master of Landscape Architecture

Development of planning solutions for urban and landscape spaces in a European and worldwide context - against the background of current global challenges.

Your studies in a nutshell
  • Duration  3 semesters
  • Language  English
  • Location  Campus Weihenstephan
  • Semester  Summer semester
Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)
Application deadline

15th November

Admission restrictions




29. April – 15. Juli 2024

Study Landscape Architecture in the Master's programme & Boaden your Horizon

Shaping transformation, planning and designing landscapes with innovative methods and in an international context - this is the focus of the International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA). At two study locations in Germany, which change every year, you will deal with complex tasks in urban landscapes and rural regions. You will work on forward-looking projects at different scales, often across national borders and in intercultural teams with students from all over the world. With its unique profile, the IMLA qualifies you for a variety of tasks in planning offices and administrations as well as for academic activities within the discipline.

The International Master's Programme in Landscape Architecture offers the following Content

IMLA Studeirende analysieren Prospektpläne.

As a Master of Engineering, the International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA) stands for a strong practical orientation. The following module contents form the pillars of the programme:

  • Landscape as System strengthens the systemic understanding of landscape.
  • Planning and Project Management imparts competences in the field of project organisation and management and the development of participatory planning processes.
  • Information Technologies in Planning and Design stands for the integrative application of modern digital technologies and tools.
  • Planning and Design Methods reflects current theories, scientific methods and practical instruments of Landscape Architecture.
  • International Planning and Design provides an overview of European planning systems and internationally successful design approaches.
  • Projects (Planning and Design Studios) offer the opportunity to creatively apply and further develop what has been learned in current planning and design tasks.

The study projects are closely interlinked with the other modules. Master's thesis and elective modules offer individual opportunities to deepen your studies. You can benefit from international online seminars with lecturers from all over Europe. Advanced e-learning methods support and complement your effective and self-determined studies.

The degree programme is accredited according to the standards of the German Accreditation Association for Degree Programmes in Architecture and Planning (ASAP). It complies with the guidelines of the EFLA Education Policy Document valid throughout Europe and the globally valid guidelines of the UNESCO/UIA Charter of Architectural Education.

More information on the IMLA homepage

This is how the IMLA is structured

The programme has a standard period of study of three semesters (90 credit points according to ECTS). It starts on 15 March with the summer semester. You study either in Freising-Weihenstephan or at the partner university in Nürtingen. The location of study changes annually.

Depending on the orientation and duration of your Bachelor's degree, the duration of study is extended from three to four semesters: If you have a Bachelor's degree with less than 210 ETCS points or a degree other than Landscape Architecture, you must complete a practical semester. In this case, the duration of study increases to four semesters (120 credit points according to ECTS).

A detailed description of the contents of all modules can be found in the IMLA course handbook.

This is what your study plan looks like if you have a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture with 210 ECTS or more:

This is what your study plan looks like if you don't have a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture or less than 210 ECTS:

Your Career Opportunities after the IMLA Master's Programme

Testimonials from our former students show you the wide range and variety of possible career paths - from staff in a planning office to a professorship.

Application & Admission

The application deadline is 15 November each year. Applications are submitted centrally for both study locations via the University of Applied Sciences Nürtingen-Geislingen. Information about the application procedure can be found here.

Admission takes place via a selection procedure. Students who meet the following requirements are admitted to the IMLA:

  • Proof of a completed Bachelor's or Diploma degree in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning, Landscape Construction and Management, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning or comparable degree programmes with a degree from a German University of Applied Sciences or comparable degree from a foreign university.
  • Successful completion of the selection procedure with the following criteria: First degree subject, average grade in first degree, final thesis in first degree, knowledge and experience relevant to Landscape Architecture and Spatial Development based on corresponding activities.
  • Proof of an English language certificate at level B2 (CEFR).
  • By the end of the first year of study, non-German-speaking students must submit a German language certificate at level A2 (CEFR).

Tuition Fees and Semester Contributions

Non-EU nationals must pay tuition fees of 750 euros per semester.

In addition, all students have to pay semester fees of approx. 150 euros per semester. The exact amount of these fees depends on the location of study.

International Master of Landscape Architecture: Why you've come to the right place

  • Students from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and competences
  • Project-oriented studies with current topics in an international context
  • modern teaching and learning concept with supporting online elements and unforgettable on-site experiences
  • strong practical relevance and best job market opportunities
  • highly motivated and best-qualified teaching team

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