Leibniz University Hannover Studies Degree Programmes General Overview
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
(Bachelor of Science)

Lots of people build on a railing. © Institut für Umweltplanung / LUH
© Institut für Umweltplanung / LUH


Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

Pre-internship (compulsory, can be completed up to the registration of the bachelor thesis)

Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

How can we design our landscapes, gardens, parks and open spaces in such a way that they meet the diverse needs of humans, animals and plants, enabling us to live comfortably despite climate change? – This question is at the heart of the broad-based programme in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning.

It is about open spaces both large and small: from gardens and national parks to waterfront promenades and alluvial landscapes. It is about sustainable habitats for humans, animals and plants, places where people can meet, exercise and relax, areas for food and energy production, flood retention and carbon storage.

Addressing these different facets, the programme combines various perspectives and disciplines: ecology and creative design, functionality and aesthetics, an eye for detail and the big picture. The courses offered cover scientific, creative and technical subjects such as planning, design and environmental analysis. Teaching centres around practice-oriented projects, in addition to lectures, seminars and field trips: using concrete examples, complex planning issues are explored in depth by small groups.

With this in mind, applicants should have a broad interest in things: a curiosity of places and the humans, animals and plants they accommodate, and of spatial interrelationships. The desire to address challenges and bring about spatial change requires creativity and spatial-analytical thinking, especially when interacting with urban and rural populations.

Course Content

  • Creative design
  • Ecology
  • Environmental planning
  • Landscape architecture
  • Landscape planning
  • Nature conservation
  • Open space planning
  • Planning communication
  • Plant use
  • Regional and country planning
Course Structure

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1. Semester Orientierungsprojekt 1 (10 LP) Einführung in die angewandte Pflanzenökologie und Bodenkunde 1 (5 LP) Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung: Grundlagen und Methoden (10 LP)
Landschaftsarchitektur, Entwerfen und Geschichte (5 LP) Visuelle Kommunikation/Gestaltung und Darstellung/Graphische Datenverarbeitung (5 LP)
2. Semester Orientierungsprojekt 2 (10 LP) Einführung in die angewandte Pflanzenökologie und Bodenkunde 2 (5 LP) Entwerfen urbaner Landschaften und sozialräumlicher Kontext (5 LP) Vegetationstechnik in der Landschaftsarchitektur - Grundlagen (5 LP)
3. Semester Profession, Planung und Politik (10 LP) Einführung in die angewandte Pflanzenökologie  und Bodenkunde 3 (5 LP) Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung: Maßnahmen und Instrumente (5 LP) Entwerfen urbaner Landschaften und gesellschaftlicher Wandel (5 LP) Wahlpflicht (5 LP)
4. Semester Vertiefungsprojekt 1 (12 LP) Grundlagen der Ingenieurbiologie (5 LP) Stadt-, Regional- und Landesplanung: Planungsrecht (5 LP) Landschaftsarchitektur, Entwerfen und Theorie (5 LP) Grundlagen der Pflanzenverwendung (5 LP)
5. Semester Vertiefungsprojekt 2 (12 LP)
Wahlpflicht (15 LP) Exkursionen und Stegreifarbeiten (6 LP)  
6. Semester Bachelorarbeit + Kolloquium (15 LP)

Ausarbeitung - Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten für PlanerInnen (5 LP)  


  Wahlpflicht (5 LP)  
Recommended Abilities
  • An interest in landscape
  • An interest in urban and rural places
  • An interest in shaping spatial change
  • An interest in scientific, cultural and social scientific issues
  • An interest in plants, animals and humans
  • An interest in social and environmental challenges
  • A creative drive
  • Differentiated thinking
  • Synthesis skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to deal with conflict
  • An interest in verbal, graphic and textual communication
Career Opportunities

Landscape architects and environmental planners are engaged in both the private sector and the public sector. They operate in establishments such as municipal planning offices, nature conservation authorities and the management of historical monuments. In the private sector, they usually work in small private planning offices, or in larger planning operations in collaboration with architects, urban planners and civil engineers. Tasks range from the realisation of minor construction work in outdoor areas to the landscape management of large regions.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application for a higher semester) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th).
  • Requirements for applications from non-EU countries:
    • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg)
    • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
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30167 Hannover
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Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover