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: The application period for studies starting in August 2018 has ended.

The next intake for studies starting in August 2019 will begin in December 2018. 

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The surroundings we spend our time in have a great impact in our lives. Architects are in a key role in designing built environment and for that providing joy, safety and usability to  people every day.

Sustainability – and lots more

Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture provides you a broad understanding in fundamentals of architecture. The programme has focus in sustainability but it also covers all major fields of the profession from architectural and housing design to urban planning and restauration studies.

Develop your thinking in inspirational and supportive atmosphere

At the TUT’s School of Architecture, 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. Personal initiative, original ideas and creativeness are encouraged and supported.

Faculty members, who are also pursuing research activities and are internationally recognized for their accomplishments as professional architects, offer their guidance. This ensures access to the most up-to-date knowledge. In Design Studios most assignments are from real-life situations. 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.

Familiar atmosphere and modern learning environment

The atmosphere at the School of Architecture is familiar and yet international, thanks to relatively small size of the faculty and large number of foreign students. The professors are easy to approach and the teacher-student relationships are informal.

The learning environment is modern. Students have access to digital media and fabrication facilities that include computers with architectural software solutions and integrated design tools such as scanners, printers, a high-quality large format color plotter, 3D-printers, 3D-scanner, laser cutters, CNC router and many other tools and equipment for students to use. We also have a reference library with architectural books and journals. Facilities include open space work area with drawing tables for all students, a crafts workroom and an art studio. The TamArk students' guild has its own quarters including a cosy kitchen, where students can take breaks, relax and connect with fellow students. A free wireless network is available on whole campus.


The Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture includes 120 credits. Full-time students complete the programme in four semesters. 90 credits are awarded for completing a set of professional studies, major subject studies and elective studies, which will take three semesters. Students spend the last semester of the two-year programme writing their master's thesis, which is worth 30 credits.

The programme is conducted entirely in English. All courses, exams and student services are offered in English, so good language skills are required.

Professional studies (52 credits)

Professional Studies in Architecture are mandatory courses offering you a strong set of professional skills during your first year. TUT is especially known for its generalistic education concept. The studies will give you a comprehensive and solid foundation in many disciplinary areas that form a necessary background knowledge for an architect.

Major subject (30 credits)

Major subject studies cover the first semester of the second year. Courses are mandatory and structured by one main design studio plus four supporting courses. The main design studio is a cross-disciplinary course with an emphasis on sustainability and an annually varying theme in the field of architecture. The four supporting courses deal with up-to-date topics and complement the Sustainable Design Studio. The teaching and research on urban sustainability takes place in a multidisciplinary environment. Courses focus on social, technical and economical sustainability through an integrative perspective. The objective is to educate the next generation designers with knowledge and skills required for leading multidisciplinary design teams and interacting with other stakeholders in sustainable urban development processes.

Elective studies (8 credits)

You can customize your degree by selecting some elective courses that include for example advanced studies in Finnish architecture, computer aided design and visualization skills as well as language skills.

Master's Thesis (30 credits)

The Master's Thesis is an individual and self-defined architectural project. The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate that you have fulfilled the requirements of the programme and are professionally qualified to practice architecture.

For more detail see the Study Guide 2017-2018

Wide range of 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. Most graduate’s work in architecture firms. 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. In addition, the focus within design tasks has shifted from new construction to the multiple challenges of renovation, for which TUT's degree provides you with the required knowledge.

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 recognized 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 gives eligibility to apply in doctoral studies. TUT’s School of Architecture offers postgraduate studies in the Doctoral Programme in the Built Environment.


Updated by: Meeri Oikemus, 07.02.2018 14:15.
Content owner: Yli-Äyhö Marleena
Keywords: education and studies, architecture, architect


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