University of Applied Sciences
M.S.A. Münster School of Architecture
Münster, DE
University of Applied Sciences
M.S.A. Münster School of Architecture
Leonardo Campus 5-7
48149 Münster

N 51° 58' 33.13'', E 51° 58' 33.13''
 Jutta Uthmann  

t: +49 (0)2 51 83-6 50 01
f: +49 (0)2 51 83-6 50 02
Prof. Ir.  Weisher 
Dean of School
Degree programmes
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts
Faculty profile

The school of architecture at Münster University of Applied Sciences is located at the heart of Münster's "arts campus" - the Leonardo Campus - a stone's throw away from the Academy of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Design and the future Music Conservatory of the Westphalian Wilhelms University.

By having its own independent area on the campus, the architecture building has a very individual profile, enabling students to identify strongly with their faculty. What is more, by being part of a large university landscape, valuable synergetic effects emerge.

The roots of the msa go back to the foundation of the Royal School of Construction over a century ago. On the basis of its long tradition and the recognised quality of its training, the msa introduced tiered five-year Bachelor and Master studies of Architecture according to the UNESCO Standards of the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA). The leading role played by the msa with regard to the Bologna Process is substantiated by the fact that the msa was the first school of architecture in the whole of Germany to be accredited up to 2011.

The participation model of students in all areas of university life is exemplary in the German higher education landscape. Thanks to active student involvement in important tasks ans faculty policy decisions, participartion represents a significant element and unique characteristic of the msa.
This is most clearly visible in the Dean's Office: one of the two Vice Deans is chosen from the ranks of the student body, and is involved in the responsibility of the Dean's Office on an equal footing.

On the Leonardo Campus, the life of architecture students is concentrated in an environment conducive to studying. It is here that the creative spectrum of the university landscape is gathered, with the study programmes Architecture, Art and Design. In addition to studying, students are invited to spend time on the "Green Campus", at the café 8bar and, last but not least, with the student community. All institutions relevant to studying architecture can be found directly on campus. The library, workshops, MAC pools, laser and 3D plotter, photographic studio, plot service and canteen are all close by.

637 students (412 Bachelor, 225 Master, 0 PhD), 9% of foreign students.

43 staff members (23 full-time and approx. 20 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities


24/7 design studio
Architectural Model Lab
CAD - Lab
Computer Room
Computing service
Digital Design Lab
Digital Fabrication Lab
Exhibition hall,
Exhibition Room
Extensivemodelling workshop
Foam Cutter
Laser Cutter
Lecture Room
Materials Database
Metalworking workshop
Model workshop
Modelling room
Photographic Studio
Plot centre
Printing facilities
Study Room

Admission Requirements

1. Qualification for admission to higher education

2. Work placement

3. Artistic-creative aptitude test

Tuition fees

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Application Deadline

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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 3-years, Bachelor, 180,
Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Architecture, 2-years, Master, 120,

At the msa students are taught intensively by professors or assistant lecturers. A very close, enriching master-pupil relationship is thus able to develop in the small groups, supported by tutors.

The method of teaching Architecture at the msa is very practise-oriented. Each architectonic subject area employs highly qualified professors and assistant lecturers who enjoy international success not only in teaching but also in practice. In addition, experts from industry and lecturers from other higher education institutions are regularly invited to the msa to expand the range of teaching.

Teaching at the msa focuses on promoting the individual strengths of every single student. For this reason, the msa offers a wide range of specialist focal areas. Depending on students’ aptitudes, they can concentrate on key study areas in the course of their degree, not only by taking supplementary modules and electives but also by exploring a topic in-depth in the Bachelor and Master theses.

The Bachelor study programme is an undergraduate course leading to a first professional degree after six semesters.

It is a comprehensive programme that focuses, however, on fundamental specialist knowledge and methodological expertise in the core areas of the building industry. A choice of options enables students to pursue areas of specialisation that suit their aptitude.

With this degree, graduates achieve a first qualification giving them access to professions in the fields of building design, project development and management, construction site management and facility management, as well as in creative fields. The degree qualifies graduates to be entered in the “register of craftsmen” at the Chamber of Trade, and gives them access to the higher civil service and, above all, to advanced Master study programmes. These can be in either Architecture or any other related subjects, such as Stage Design, Urban Development, Real Estate Management or Facility Management.

The Bachelor is the basis for studying Architecture at Master level. However, completion of the Bachelor as the first degree in a tiered study programme does not qualify graduates to take up the profession of architect or to be registered or licensed by the Architectural Association.

After relevant practical experience corresponding to the BA/MA study structure, in the post-graduate phase – the Master programme – the complex design and construction process is trained within a generally oriented study programme, also with regard to social and cultural marginal conditions. In accordance with their interests and aptitude, students can select special areas of specialisation from the wide range of courses on offer.

The design projects carried out at the msa at Master level focus on technical/constructive key areas as well as economic aspects, comprising the construction process, associated controlling, as well as the further management of the life cycles of buildings. The qualifications in all areas form an important basis for later success in a broad area of activity of architecture that is subject to considerable change.

A special aspect of the Master study programme at the msa is integrated short modules in the first semester, specifically offered to our students at renowned European universities, such as Barcelona, Delft, Cracow, Prague and Venice. Furthermore, famous, internationally active architects act as visiting lecturers for these impromptu designs at the msa. Past visiting lecturers include Roman Delugan (Delugan Meissl Architects, Vienna), Holger Kehne (Plasma Studio Architects, London), Tristan Kobler (Holzer Kobler Architekturen, Zürich) and Volker Staab (Volker Staab Architekten, Berlin). Here, students are able to experience the different methodologies of various architecture philosophies, enabling them to gain a personal relationship to Architecture.

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