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.
Extent of studies
Form of learning
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.