Creative thinking and problem solving
The programme equips you with in-depth knowledge of the cultural and practical considerations concerning the field and is oriented towards the themes of sustainability through a humanistic and all-inclusive approach. Students' own ideas are highly valued. You are encouraged to develop your thinking independently, yet with full support. Individual projects are developed in close dialogue with professors, assistants and fellow students in a proactive environment uniquely combining architecture with various academic disciplines. Personal initiative, original ideas and creativeness are encouraged and supported. The School of Architecture enjoys an outstanding reputation and attracts students from all over the world.
The quality of education, combined with Finnish expertise in the design field, is internationally recognized and provides an excellent foundation for working anywhere in the world. The contents and objectives of the degree programme are based on the requirements of the European Union's directive that governs the qualifications of architects. The degree confers eligibility to work as an architect in Finland and abroad, although access to the profession may entail training, an internship or an examination, depending on local regulations.
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The Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture provides students with a broad general understanding of the fundamentals of architecture on which to build their expertise. The programme equips students with in-depth knowledge of the cultural and practical considerations concerning the field and is oriented towards the themes of sustainability through a humanistic and all-inclusive approach.
The contents and objectives of the degree programme are based on the provisions of the European Union’s directive for the qualifications of architects.
The School of Architecture enjoys an outstanding reputation and attracts students from all over the world. The quality of education offered by the School of Architecture, combined with Finnish expertise in the design field, is internationally recognized and provides an excellent foundation for working anywhere in the world.
More about the language of instruction
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. In addition, students are required to complete a course in the Finnish language. The course provides students with basic knowledge of everyday Finnish and introduces them to Finnish culture.
While our Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture focuses on sustainability, it covers all major fields of architecture, including public building design, housing design, construction technology, history of architecture, restauration studies, and urban planning and design.
Thanks to its relatively small size and large number of international students, the environment at the School of Architecture is familiar and multicultural. Our staff and students make up a close-knit community that supports teaching and learning. The quality of teaching is high, as instruction is provided by faculty members who are also pursuing research and are internationally recognised for their prestigious accomplishments as professional architects. This ensures access to the most up-to-date knowledge and creates an inspirational learning environment. We maintain state-of-the-art facilities, such as an open-access digital fabrication lab with 3D-printers, laser cutters and scanner, etc.
Architectural studies are mostly about learning by doing. The studies mainly consist of lectures and design tasks that are completed individually or in groups. Practical special courses, excursions and architectural student competitions provide variety. Students' own ideas are highly valued. Students are encouraged to develop their own thinking independently yet with full support. In design studios, assignments are in most cases set in real-life situations. Individual projects are developed in close dialogue with professors, assistants and fellow students in a proactive environment, where personal initiative, original ideas and creativeness are encouraged and supported. Students learn by sharing and exchanging ideas with fellow students in group sessions. The results of projects are reviewed in sessions where the students present their work and explain their approach to the assignment and the ideas underlying their solutions.
Structure of studies
The degree programme takes 4 full-time semesters to complete and carries 120 credits. The last semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis.
The majority of professional architects in Finland work in architecture firms or as private entrepreneurs, but also the public sector is a significant employer. Traditionally architects in Finland have mainly worked in architectural design. The scope of the profession has since expanded considerably to also include, for example, environmental issues, real estate management, education and research, and the culture sector. The focus of design tasks has shifted from new construction to the multiple challenges of renovation. More and more architects are working as urban planners, as experts employed by companies, the government, institutions and organisations, or in education and research. The Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture prepares future architects to pursue a wide range of career opportunities.￼
The degree obtained upon completion of the Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture is an architect’s professional degree that corresponds to the Finnish professional degree of "arkkitehti" and qualifies you to work as an architect in Finland and the European Union in accordance with the relevant laws and decrees. The degree satisfies the criteria set forth in the 2005/36/EC EU Directive and is listed among automatically recognised European degrees.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The Master’s Degree in Architecture confers eligibility to apply for admission to doctoral studies. MSc graduates may seek admission to the Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment that leads to the degree of Doctor of Science in Architecture, which is equivalent to a PhD in many other countries.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected.
General eligibility criteria:
To be eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
• a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master's degree programme or in a closely related subject AND
• a good command of English for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility to university-level master’s degree studies in the country in question.
It is not possible to apply to a Master’s programme based on a Master’s degree. The only exceptions are the one-tier degree programmes where the first cycle degree is not compulsory and the so-called long cycle degrees.
Applicants who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree
You are eligible to apply in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree if the degree will be completed and you are able to send an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and final transcript of records by post by the given deadline (around end of July, exact date to be given later). In this case, you can be admitted to a Master's programme conditionally. If you do not submit an officially certified copy of your degree certificate to Tampere University by the given deadline, your conditional admission will expire.
Programme-specific eligibility criteria:
Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
In the Master’s programme in Sustainable Architecture the previous degree has to be in the field of Architecture.
Language skill requirements
You must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
English language tests
The minimum English language test result requirements:
C1 Advanced/CAE: C
In the Tampere University Master’s programmes it is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you completed your secondary education and/or have taken a higher education degree in English in Finland or other EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States. You must have resided in the country while studying.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official eligibility criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the study programme in question.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Applicants for a second Master’s degree may be admitted only under special provision and only if they are able to show that the courses that count towards a degree at Tampere University provide the applicant with genuinely new knowledge and skills.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. All students with a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK) degree are required to complete a study package which generally includes courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry depending on the student's background. For more information on the complementary studies, please contact the academic coordinator of the degree programme.
How to apply
- Check the admission criteria
- Start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
- If required book a time for the language test
- Fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload required enclosures for the application
- Send the officially certified copies of your educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office by 30 January 2019. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline.
- Wait for the admission results
- Accept the offer of admission by the given deadline
- Pay the tuition fee, if required
- Register as a student and join the Tampere University community!
Application process in detail
Select the Master's degree programme you wish to apply to. Carefully read the general eligibility criteria and programme-specific eligibility criteria and see whether you meet them. Applicants who do not meet the general and programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected.
Check which application documents you are required to submit and make sure to obtain them in time. Remember to check if there are any country-specific requirements for your documents. Please note that some documents may be required to be sent separately by a third party. Make sure these documents are also delivered in time.
When applying to the Master’s programmes you usually must demonstrate your proficiency in English with an internationally recognised academic language test report. We advise all 2019 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach Tampere University.
Online application form
The online application form will be available during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts 4 December 2018 at 8:00 am and ends 23 January 2019 at 3:00 pm (GMT +2).
Some application enclosures are the same in all Tampere University Master’s programmes while some include programme-specific.
You will need to upload all application documents online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading the application documents on the application, you must submit the officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post by 30 January 2019.
You can find the list of the required enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
In addition to the Tampere University application enclosures, for the Master’s programme in Sustainable Architecture you also need to submit:
- A portfolio
- 2-minute video
- The link to the page where the video can be uploaded will be sent to you in a separate e-mail.
Country-specific requirements for application documents
Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation before submitting it. In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents from certain countries must be submitted in a particular way. Note that the degree awarding country may be a different one from the country where the studies are taken. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to any regular requirements for attesting documents.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced by early April 2019. All applicants will be informed of the admissions results.
Please see Tampere University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure.