Barrier-free Systems (M. Sc.)
Barrier-free systems intend to enable all people, regardless of age and capacity limitations, to live independent and self-reliant lives. They respond to a changing society. Barrier-free systems create new and innovative employment opportunities.
Architecture graduates study alongside computer scientists and care and social scientists within this program. Three interdisciplinary project modules form the core of this program. These modules comprise:
- Barrier-free Planning and Building ("Planen und Bauen", Faculty 1)
- Intelligent Systems ("Intelligente Systeme", Faculty 2)
- Case-Management for Barrier-free Living (Faculty 4)
Innovative spatial and interior systems are explored and developed through creative approaches and within interdisciplinary work groups in order to enable people of all ages and capacity limitations to live independent and self-reliant lives. In addition to subject specific skills and knowledge, the program teaches management and organisation skills, social competencies, the ability to work within a team and communication and presentation skills.
The programme targets graduates with a Bachelor degree or Diplom in architecture, urban construction or interior architecture with a final grade of 2.3 or better. It comprises 120 ECTS and takes four semesters to complete. The programme commences in the summer semester. Studies and project work conducted within the programme is supported by cutting edge e-learning technologies.
The programme comprises all aspects of barrier-free planning for new buildings and building within existing structures, i.e. in barrier-free apartments, common facilities and building structures for work, education, health, culture and leisure. Core subjects include urban construction, building studies, spatial and technical extensions, primary and secondary constructions in existing building structures as well as architectural psychology and building management.
Fields of employment (Faculty 1-focussed)
The Master of Science degree is an internationally recognised degree and renders graduates eligible for entry into a higher degree programme at a university. Approval for access to higher civil service has been requested. Membership in the professional field of architecture and the concomitant conference of the title ‘Architect’ is regulated by the respective state laws for architecture.
Further information on approval processes and subject specific requirements for entry into the profession are provided by the respective states’ Chambers of Commerce for architecture as well as the federal Chamber of Commerce.
Potential fields of employment include urban construction, professional roles in residential construction and in the health and social arenas, as well as research. Planners are offered a future-oriented diversification of their previous career options