Architecture - Tampere University of Technology

Master´s Degree Programme in Architecture


Focus area:

  • Sustainable Architecture

Name of degree: Master of Science (MSc)

Language of instruction: English

Scope of degree: 120 ECTS

Duration of studies: 2 years

Mode of study: full-time

Tuition fee: yes

Scholarship programme: yes

Application deadline: 25 January 2017

The Tampere University of Technology’s (TUT) Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture aims to provide students with a broad general understanding of the fundamentals of architecture. Although the programme has its focus in sustainability, it also covers all major fields of the profession, from architectural and housing design to urban planning and restauration studies.

The degree Master of Science (Architecture) corresponds to the Finnish degree of "Arkkitehti" and complies with the criteria established by the 2005/36/EC EU Directive, meaning it is listed among the recognised European Degrees. The degree confers eligibility to work as an architect in Finland and other countries, even though actual access to the profession may entail a training period, an internship or an examination, depending on local regulations.

The Master’s Degree in Architecture also confers eligibility to apply for admission to doctoral studies. TUT’s School of Architecture offers postgraduate studies in architecture in the Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment.

Why apply?

High quality education

TUT’s School of Architecture enjoys an outstanding reputation and attracts students from all over the world. The quality of teaching offered by the School, combined with Finnish know-how in the design field, is known to provide an excellent foundation for working anywhere in the world. Instruction is offered by faculty members who are also pursuing research activities and are internationally recognised for their prestigious accomplishments as professional architects. This ensures access to the most up-to-date knowledge, which is a crucial necessity in today's rapidly changing work environment.

Contact information

General questions about admission: admissions (at)

Programme-specific questions:
architecture (at)

Individuality through teamwork

At the School of Architecture, students' own ideas are highly valued. You are encouraged to develop your 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 students present their work and explain their approach to the assignment and the ideas underlying their solutions.

Supportive learning environment

Thanks to its relatively small size and the number of foreign students (50-60 per year), the environment at the School of Architecture is familiar and yet multicultural. Staff and students constitute a close-knit community that supports teaching and learning. The professors are easy to approach and the teacher-student relationships are informal.

Top quality facilities

The School of Architecture provides you with access to digital media facilities: two advanced computer labs (equipped with PCs and MACs), scanners, printers, a high-quality large format colour plotter, architectural software solutions and integrated design tools. The ArcLab includes two 3D-printers, a laser cutter and a laser scanner, which are put to use in courses and which are free to use for all students. In addition, a free wireless network is available on campus, accessible via the School’s computers and students' own laptops. We also have a reference library that stores architectural books and journals. Facilities include open space work area with drawing tables for all students, a crafts workroom and an art studio. Students have access to the premises at all hours. The TamArk students' guild has its own quarters including a kitchen, where students can take breaks, relax and connect with fellow students.

Career opportunities

TUT’s Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture prepares future architects to pursue a wide range of career opportunities as professional architects and in research. The majority of graduates work in architecture firms. Still others opt for a career in the public sector or continue as private entrepreneurs. Traditionally, architects in Finland have been working mainly in architectural design, but in recent years the task field has expanded considerably. Architects work more and more as urban planners, in institutions and organizations as well as experts in educational and advisory functions. Also, the focus within design tasks has shifted from new construction to the multiple challenges of renovation, for which TUT's degree program provides you with the required know-how.

The School of Architecture

The School of Architecture at Tampere University of Technology was founded in 1969. For over 40 years, the School has aimed to provide students with a broad general understanding of the fundamentals of architecture on which to build their expertise already during the programme and later on throughout their careers.

Excellence, efficiency, equity and internationalization are the keywords that best represent our current and future aims. The School of Architecture fosters a hands-on and project based approach to learning, deriving from the belief that design is not an overriding point of departure but rather a means through which architects can contribute decisively and positively to the optimal development of the built environment from small to large scale. The idea is to keep social, environmental and technical problems as the starting point for generating architectural solutions that embrace technical, aesthetical and cultural values with an innovative vision.

The strategy of the School is expressed through the following values:

  • A humanistic and wide-ranging approach to architectural disciplines
  • Problem-based learning
  • An international environment
  • An informal and proactive atmosphere

Staff and faculty members

Over 60 people are employed at the School of Architecture. Eight of them are full professors and the professorship in Sustainable Design and Construction is shared with the Department of Civil Engineering. The Head of the School is Professor Panu Lehtovuori.

The professorships at the School of Architecture have a special focus, respectively, on Architectural Theory, Architectural Construction, Architectural Design, Architectural and Urban Research, History of Architecture, Housing Design, Urban Design and Planning, Theory of Urban Design and Planning and Sustainable Design and Construction.


Architectural Construction
Architectural and Urban Research 
Architectural Design
Housing Design
History of Architecture
Sustainable Design and Construction (joint professorship with the Department of Civil Engineering)
Urban Planning and Design
Theory of Urban Planning and Design


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