Master's in Architecture

masters in architecture

Does it make sense to study my Master's in architecture abroad?

Architecture is a highly international profession. As a result international experience is particularly prized.

We can suggest several top architecture universities in the world for English-taught Master's programmes in architecture, landscape architecture and naval architecture.

For example, sustainable architecture is a boom and Norway is improving in it. Therefore, the two-year Master's programme in Sustainable Architecture at Norwegian University of Science and Technology might be something to think about.

Will my Master's degree in architecture be recognised?

This is a very important consideration with architecture postgraduate qualifications. The typical pathway to becoming an architect in the UK takes seven years and comprises three main parts: undergraduate study, work experience and postgraduate study. As your work experience is extremely likely to take you abroad anyway, we would advise you to consider taking your Part 2s at an international university. For details on recognition of architecture qualifications it is worth referring to the RIBA website for international students and architects.

Where should I look for Master's in architecture programmes?

At postgraduate level there are some excellent opportunities to study interior architecture, landscape architecture and naval architecture abroad. Amongst the most popular ones we have encountered in Europe are:

Master's degrees in architecture in the Netherlands

MIA in Interior Architecture and Retail Design, Willem de Kooning Academie

MSc in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, Delft University of Technology

MSc in Architecture, Building and Planning, Eindhoven University of Technology

MSc in Landscape Architecture and Planning, Wageningen University

Master's degrees in architecture in Norway

MSc in Sustainable Architecture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Master's in Architecture, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Master's in Landscape Architecture, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Master's degrees in architecture in Sweden

MArch in Architecture, Lund University

Master's in Architecture and Urban Design, Chalmers University of Technology

Master's in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

MSc in Naval Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology

Master's in Landscape Architecture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp

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How to get into Master's in architecture programmes?

This will depend on the university you apply to. With the  best architecture universitie you are likely to need at least a 2.1. Top universities for architecture will also be looking at the calibre of work experience you have collected and your portfolio.

How do I build up a portfolio to get into a landscape architecture program with no experience in the field?

Application to study Master's in landscape architecture in Europe can be difficult if your academic background is not in this field. The reason is landscape architecture is often taught at undergradate level in Europe and the US, so the majority of bachelor's degree holders in in those countries would submit their undergraduate portfolio as part of their Master's application. If you don't have that, you could be at a disadvantage. Nevertheless, you can at least submit your B.Arch work to support your application.

If you don't have that also, we recommend that you show your interest by writing a statement of purpose. Explain why you want to study landscape architecture and tell the Faculty your opinions in the field. For portfolio, you can include your drawings, paintings and photos to justify that you are able to communicate visually how to design public spaces or streetscapes.

In your statement of purpose, you should mention how you have developed a wealth of transferable skills that are that are highly desirable within the landscape profession. For example, observation skills with high attention to details, an interest and concern for the environment, report writing skills and the ability to work in teams to solve complex problems.

What else should I bear in mind about postgrad study in architecture?

There are many different approaches to teaching architecture. This could have a major impact on the way that architecture is taught and how relevant the curriculum of each school is. We are not qualified to judge individual architecture schools so it may be worthwhile asking for advice from practising architects when choosing a course.