Architecture - Design for the Built Environment

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • 3 Semesters
  • Full time
  • 90 ECTS
  • €690/Month
  • CORE-Principle
  • only summer semester

Building in context, and the history, identity as well as future of architecture and the city are social challenges and tasks for architects. Why not study this in Heidelberg and Europe?

  • English
  • summer semester
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Your course content
What you will learn

The following modules are taken in the first semester: Architectural Theory, Building Construction I + II, Urban Analysis and Representation. Together, we focus on a reflexive approach towards architecture and the city: we develop architectural ideas, concepts and theories, and implement them in architectural design. In the second semester, we concentrate on an existing building, taking the steps of analysis, design and building construction in existing fabric. Besides working in the university, we also explore the object on site. A variety of electives round off the semester before you start writing your thesis.

Your career prospects
Our innovative approach that pays off

Having completed the Master’s degree in Architecture-Design for the Built Environment, you will be perfectly equipped for an increasingly global and international world. Your English and intercultural skills will enable you to collaborate with people from other cultures, jointly leveraging this potential. Working in an architecture firm at home or abroad, you will be able to make a direct contribution to the wide-ranging debate on important social challenges, such as dealing with existing architecture and urban structures or creating tomorrow’s people-friendly and climate-friendly cities.

Open Days Ask the Dean: Info session - May

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Summer Schools Summer School Neckar Now IV: Transformative approaches to a sustainable future – active cities

The School of Engineering and Architecture presents the fourth interdisciplinary Summer School “Neckar Now IV: Transformative approaches to a sustainable future – active cities” taking place from 21st until 25th of August 2023.


Curriculum Architecture (M.A.) Your curriculum

3 Semester 90 ECTS
1. Semester
  • Architectural Theory 8
  • Design and Building Construction I 8
  • Design and Building Construction II 8
  • Urban Analysis and Representation 8
2. Semester
  • Analysis of the Existing Fabric 8
  • Design in Existing Fabric 8
  • Building Construction in Existing Fabric 8
  • Electives 8
3. Semester
  • Master's thesis 23
  • Colloquium 3

Impressions Student work

Admission requirements
Our requirements

You can be admitted to the Master’s programme in "Architecture - Design for the Built Environment" if you have the following qualifications and knowledge:

  • A Bachelor Degree in Architecture (210 CP) is required with Numerus Clausus of 2.5 (according to German grading system). Bachelor graduates with 180 CP degrees have the opportunity to obtain additional 30 CP through a preliminary course (Pre-Course Practice in an architectural office as well as a Design Project). The practical pre-course must be started and successfully completed no later than the winter semester to ensure entry into the regular programme for the following summer semester
  • English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL 80 / Duolingo Certificate 95 / PTE Academics 58, or a pass in a comparable aptitude test
  • Architecture Portfolio
  • Motivation letter

Applicants from abroad must show their eligibility for entry to higher education by presenting certificates of previous qualifications.

Fees and Funding
Your tuition fees

690 EUR per month + one-time registration fee of 750 EUR.

Applicants from Non-EEA countries without permanent residence permit need to pay a one-time registration fee of 1,000 EUR and must pay the first year’s tuition fee in advance. From the second year onwards the payments for the remaining years of study have to be made in advance at latest 14 days before the end of the period of study already paid for.

For more information and payment modalities, please refer to the current fee schedule (valid from 01.12.2020).

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Application process and deadlines

Applying to us will involve:

  • Using the online portal to apply, submitting your university certificates, references and internship certificates, a letter of motivation, and a portfolio containing your designs and other work,
  • having a personal interview.

APS Certificate

Please note that special conditions apply to applicants from some countries: 


From 1st of November 2022, applicants from India will be required to have their documents verified by the Academic Evaluation Centre New Delhi (APS-India) before applying for a visa. After successful verification you will receive a certificate which allows you to initiate the visa process. Please note that the verification process at APS-India is expected to take approximately 4 weeks. We recommend that you apply for the APS certificate at the same time as you apply to SRH University Heidelberg. For more information, go to the APS-India website: 

The People’s Republic of China

The procedure of the Academic Evaluation Centre of the Cultural Section at the German Embassy in Bejing (Akademische Prüfstelle – APS) must have been successfully completed before you apply. The centre checks documents for authenticity and conducts interviews. The original APS certificate must be enclosed with the application documents. For more information, go to the APS website at:

Please note that you don’t need to complete the APS procedure if you apply for our 3+1 programmes. 


The Academic Evaluation Centre of the German Embassy in Hanoi has been checking the university entrance qualifications of Vietnamese applicants since 2007. The procedure includes checking the submitted written documents as well as an interview with the applicant. An original copy of proof of successful completion of this process, the APS certificate, must be enclosed with the application documents. 

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Impressions Field trips of the Architecture programme