MSc Programs in Architecture

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For those who want to receive an advanced degree in a specific field of study, attaining a Master of Science (MSc) degree is a good way to go. This type of postgraduate education can be accomplished in many different countries spanning the globe. Most degrees focus on developing innovative science and technology skills.

What is an MSc in Architecture? While an MSc in Architecture does not lead to architectural licensing, it does provide the in-depth knowledge of architecture helpful for many different professions. Students can acquire a solid education in building science, interior design, and urban design. MSc programs often offer students opportunities to conduct their own research and practically apply the knowledge they obtain. An MSc in Architecture can lead to, and aid in, the pursuit of a doctorate degree.

The benefits of holding this degree include an upper hand when applying for jobs because students leave with a larger body of work in the field of architecture. This degree can give people the opportunity to put sustainable technology to practice in order to better communities through implementing socially conscious ways of living and building.

Since the cost of getting an MSc varies enormously from university to university and country to country, those who seek to enter into this type of program should look into specific schools to know the precise pricing.

People that have an MSc in Architecture can find careers as interior designers after learning about design practice and history, computer applications, and environmental factors for interiors. They can also become urban planners, with a focus on rejuvenating cities and creating sustainable, healthy, and safe environments. Careers in construction management are a possibility as well, so students can put to use their knowledge of mechanical systems, lighting, ventilation, air quality, and building structure and assembly.

 

People that desire to learn but need to work at their own pace and create their own schedule can do so by taking courses online. Our database can help you locate the best options for you. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form. 

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MSc Urban Design

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 30 months September 2017 China Suzhou + 1 more

The Master of Science in Urban Design educates you about shaping urban areas in the dynamic Chinese context and is taught across the Departments of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. Overview The MSc Urban Design programme allows you to engage in the complex issues of urban space production in the dynamic Chinese context. It considers the interplay between spatial design and social, economic, environmental and political issues evident in a range of urban settings. It is taught across the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design to ensure that you receive an interdisciplinary perspective on the development of urban form. The programme is not limited to those with architecture or urban planning backgrounds, rather it is relevant for all interested in understanding the nature and production of spaces. Staff teaching on the programme offer varied perspectives both in terms of disciplinary approaches and spatial understanding. Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Modules Core modules: • Fundamentals of urban design • Place-making and urban design (studio) • Architectural theory and criticism • Urban design enquiry • Sustainable urban planning strategies • Dissertation. Elective modules: • Theory and practice of urban regeneration • Politics, society and participation • Spatial analysis and evaluation • Topics in architectural history • Heritage, historic districts, and conservation. Additional learning activity modules Careers Urban design plays an important role in the environmental, social and cultural factors that influence society and is crucial to building sustainable urban systems. Graduates of this programme can expect to pursue careers as urban or regional planners in public... [-]

MSc Urban Design & Planning

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

Urban design lies at the interface of architecture and urban planning, with both disciplines contributing complementary but contrasting approaches to urban design theory and practice. [+]

MSc Urban Design & Planning Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90) Urban design lies at the interface of architecture and urban planning, with both disciplines contributing complementary but contrasting approaches to urban design theory and practice. This Masters programme is focused on the role of urban design in the context of urban planning, and is delivered with an emphasis on the distinct methodologies, professional perspectives and pedagogies of that discipline. It provides specialist knowledge and skills in: urban design theory; urban conservation; risk, resilience and sustainability; as well as social science research methods applied to the built environment. The programme will enable graduates to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to create better places through urban design. Students will also have the opportunity to draw upon the School’s specialist research and teaching in environmental policy, to place urban design centre-stage in tackling wider environmental risks. This programme will equip planners and others working in related areas with the capacity to develop urban design solutions, to analyse them critically and to provide guidance in regards to their implementation one for which there is a growing demand. This includes traditional urban design concerns surrounding the urban public realm, residential quality etc., but also emerging challenges surrounding the role of urban design in mitigating or adapting to climate change, the role of design in promoting ‘healthy’ cities or neighbourhoods, and the incorporation of ‘nature’ into design (e.g. bio-mimicry) to address biodiversity loss. The MSc Urban Design & Planning is accredited as... [-]

Post-Professional MS in Architecture Program

School of Architecture - Syracuse University
Campus Full time 2 - 3 semesters August 2017 USA Syracuse

The Syracuse Master of Science in Architecture program focuses on energy and the built environment with research + design projects ranging across many scales, from urban design to high performance buildings, from VR and computational simulation landscape urbanism to building material research and product design, and across a range of disciplinary and practice areas including adaptive re-use, real estate development and urban design planning. This 30-credit course of study can be completed in two or three semesters and admits students whose areas of interest can be matched with the expertise and ongoing research of the School’s faculty. [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. DESIGN | ENERGY | FUTURES is a concentrated research + design program that leads to a post-professional Master of Science (MS) in Architecture. The program focuses on energy and the built environment with research + design projects ranging across many scales, from urban design to high performance buildings, from VR and computational simulation landscape urbanism to building material research and product design, and across a range of disciplinary and practice areas including adaptive re-use, real estate development and urban design planning. Students are directed for the duration of the program by faculty actively engaged in externally sponsored research and design projects, and have numerous opportunities for research internships in the faculty’s various research facilities. Coursework consists of two required studios, one of which is paired with a prototype thinking research seminar, and a series of electives meant to complement the design + research studio projects. Applicants holding a professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design or urban planning are encouraged to apply, though applicants in related disciplines such as management, engineering, geography, environmental, graphic or product design may also be admitted at the discretion of the admissions committee in consultation with program administrators. Please note that this program does not meet the licensure requirements to become an architect in New York and is not considered licensure qualifying in New York. APPLICATION PROCESS Apply to Syracuse University Graduate School On-line application is preferred. Application fee of $75. Deadline: January 20 (January 10 for SU African American... [-]

MSc in Architecture

USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Switzerland Mendrisio

L'Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio aims to create the new architect, capable of taking on the developements that have occurred in the profession in an effective way. [+]

Goals and Contents The Master of Science in Architecture offers the opportunity to acquire the most advanced theoretical knowledge and operative skills for the practice of contemporary architectural design. Architectural design is taught through its disciplinary foundations and is closely related with technological innovation, environmental issues, models of territorial management and the themes of restoration and reestablishment of the historical, architectural and environmental heritage. The objective the Master pursues is to train professionals who, on the basis of the acquired awareness and in-depth knowledge of the complexity of current architectural practice, are competent both to carry out the functions of direct architectural design and to coordinate the different specialists involved in professional projects. The study programme consists of a series of theoretical lectures and design studios dedicated to arguments and methods of architectural design in its different forms (housing, services industry, culture, etc.) and scales (from interior design to the architectural structure, all the way up to the urban and territorial plan). The programme draws on two different but correlated teaching approaches. The first consists in theoretical courses pertaining to the methodological, technological and historical knowledge that will enable future architects to explore central themes of contemporary architectural culture critically. The second approach entails, each semester, the choice of a design studio which focuses on a specific project typology, whether architectural or urban. In the years of the Master students are asked to produce one theoretical paper on topics of their own choice with the approval of a teacher.The last... [-]


Master in Professional Studies: City Science

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai
Campus Part time 16 months September 2017 United Arab Emirates Dubai

This program has been created for thought-leaders who are fascinated by the fast-developing and extremely exciting area of city science and smart cities. It is particularly suited for those who are in, or who are seeking, a leadership position spearheading digital transformation in either a public or a private organization's operations and services. Our current students include senior decision makers from across the region who are helping shape the future of the cities we live in. [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. This unique and innovative master's degree is the first of its kind in the region and explores what cities are, and what they can be. It goes beyond the concept of a smart city to also cover important technological, social and sustainability issues to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to the cities of today and tomorrow. As a world leader in smart cities and urban development, Dubai is the ideal place to study such a program and see digitalization in effect. The graduate degree will help you build and develop efficient, sustainable and community-based cities and cultivate awareness of the interdisciplinary history of modern cities, urban economics, city development and planning theory, urban ecology, demography, and applied problem-solving and research methods. Providing an all-encompassing view of the development of the city, the program also addresses key subjects such as water, food, waste, transport, education and energy systems, taking into account complex interactions between each of the elements. City Science is an emerging interdisciplinary plan of action that includes the designer, the technologist and the humanist all working together. It prepares you for smart cities that can talk, giving live status updates through networks on traffic patterns, pollution, parking, water and energy and other vital information. The program can be completed in as little as 16 months. Flexible Timings: Class schedule caters to working professionals, providing intensive seminars offered in evenings at our campus in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Who Is It? This program has been created... [-]

MSc Programme in Urban Management and Development (UMD14)

IHS, Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years October 2017 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

Are you always coming up with solutions and innovations for the cities of the world? Do you think globally and act locally? Have you got what it takes to be a city changer? Our lecturers, students and alumni are excellent professionals, developing and managing urban projects and initiatives all over the world. If you want to learn the ins and outs of city management from our international expert lecturers and guest lecturers, this might be your spot! [+]

IHS offers a 12 month Master of Science in Urban Management and Development which provides a unique opportunity for both professionals and bachelor graduates to invest in enhancing their qualifications and academic development. The programme prepares participants with the knowledge and skill-set necessary to become innovative urban managers and leaders who analyse and develop cities based on in-depth understanding of urban theory and practice. Upon completion of the programme, participants receive a worldwide recognized Master of Science degree from IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Programme features Highly international study environment with participants from over 45 different nations Lecturers with long-standing international teaching and working experience in the field High profile guest lecturers from established institutions such as UN-HABITAT, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Lund University Unique training methodology of role-playing games, real-life case study analysis, class debates and on-site visits 6 different specializations offering a unique chance to tailor your study and broaden your career path Focus on linking theory to real world urban challenges and solutions developed and perfected in IHS’ almost 60 years of experience in the field Balanced learning environment of guided training and self-study Course Content The cities of today are complex with interrelated economic, social, environmental and physical challenges which need to be balanced in the ever-changing urban environment. Contemporary cities need competent urban managers with skills in action and strategic planning, policy analysis, research methods and negotiation and communication to be able to integrate their knowledge within and manage the complex urban multidisciplinary environment.... [-]

Architecture and Urban Design

Politecnico di Milano
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Milan

The programme develops theoretical, humanistic, artistic and design competences based on the Italian tradition, facing different housing cultures, the new forms and spaces of contemporary cities, the development of new urban settlements in developing countries, the innovation in building techniques and sustainability. [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. Mission and goals The programme in Architecture and Urban Design provides students with an advanced training in the field of Architectural Design and develops theoretical, humanistic, artistic and design competences based on the Italian tradition, facing different housing cultures, the new forms and spaces of contemporary cities, the development of new urban settlements in developing countries, the innovation in building techniques and environmental sustainability. The educational path meets adequately the increasing need to face the complexity of problems and the new professional responsibility of architects, as required both in Europe and worldwide. The programme focuses on the core Architectural Design experience at various scales, both in theory and in practice. The educational offer makes it possible to characterize one’s study plan thanks to optional courses and to elective thematic and final Design Studios. Career opportunities Graduates in Architecture and Urban Design can carry out all activities pertaining to the profession of European architect and cover roles of responsibility in public and private institutions and bodies operating the city and land transformation fields. [-]

MSc in Architecture and Environmental Design

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This interdisciplinary and international course will provide you with skills that can be applied to diverse building typologies and global climatic, environmental and contextual issues. On completion of this course you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methodology of environmental design and will develop critical thinking skills to challenge established practices. [+]

The global environmental and energy challenge facing current and future generations of architects and building professionals calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application into architectural practice worldwide. Over the last decades environmental design as a subject area has developed, responding to new research and experimentation, both in academia and in practice. However, buildings claiming to be environmentally conscious do not perform to the expected standards, still heavily contributing to global CO2 emissions and often providing unsatisfactory comfort conditions to occupants. The same can be said for the existing built environment which is largely outdated and underperforming, requiring urgent implementation of effective retrofit strategies. This is due to a lack of comprehensive performance prediction and feedback protocols, which are still not common practice in architectural design. Course content Students on this course will take a fresh critical look at this subject. Here you will gain the knowledge and tools to make informed design decisions based on post-occupancy feedback and performance analysis, towards a new paradigm of environmental architecture, which is environmentally and energy conscious, yet sensitive to the contextual and socio-cultural landscape we live in. You will learn environmental design methods which relate to the various stages of architectural design. You will be able to evaluate existing buildings and design new ones following a combined bioclimatic and building occupant focused approach. In the core design modules you will follow an evidence based design approach where the acquisition of specialised software and analytical tools... [-]

Master of Science in Architecture

University of Oulu
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Finland Oulu

The international master’s degree programme in Architecture is a two-year design-oriented study programme. The courses are taught by professionals with wide range expertise in the field of architecture and urban design. [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. Master’s Programme in Architecture, Master of Science (Architecture) northernmost architect school in the world design-oriented study programme leads to an EU-notified professional architect’s degree The international master’s degree programme in Architecture is a two-year design-oriented study programme. The courses are taught by professionals with wide range expertise in the field of architecture and urban design. Professors of the school are internationally recognized architects actively involved in the profession and architectural debate both in Finland and internationally. The degree awarded is an architect’s professional degree, providing the right to practice the architect’s profession in Finland and the European Union according to the national laws and decrees. The study programme provides students with skills, knowledge and advanced tools in: design of urban areas and spaces public building design detailing of buildings and urban structures use of Nordic building materials (e.g. wood) architectural lighting interior design research and theory of architecture academic writing team work and presentation Courses are organized as semester-long integrated studio projects, ranging from larger scale urban design tasks to designing of public buildings, as well as detailing of buildings and urban structures: Design-led Urban Renewal Design of Public Buildings Advanced Architectural Design Thesis project Studies are carried out both individually and in multicultural teams in an international working environment. Nordic nature, climate and light circumstances offer a living laboratory for lighting experiments in 1:1 scale. Varying courses and additional study options give possibilities to integrate student competitions or workshops in the student’s individual study plan.... [-]

Master of Human Settlements (Leuven)

KU Leuven - University of Leuven
Campus 1 year September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The programme aims to provide insight into the problems of human settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making. [+]

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The programme aims to provide insight into the problems of human settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making. What's the Human Settlements about? Architecture, urbanism and spatial planning are the core disciplines of the programme. Contributions from economics, geography and anthropology, among others, complement this core. The structure is organized around: Introductory courses Core courses Design Studios Optional courses Master's thesis (research- or design-based) Design studios form an important part of the programme, a status reflected in their credit load. They are organized as two full days of work on Mondays and Tuesdays to provide an intensive and immersive working environment, as occurs in most professional practices. They also are courses where a balance between teamwork and individual contribution is developed, since students are subdivided in small but mixed groups from inception. Core courses are related to the studios themselves, whereas for students selecting a more research-oriented trajectory in line with the programme's profile supporting courses are organized for the elaboration of a research Master's thesis. International Study trips to various destinations are organised throughout the academic year as a compulsory part of the MaHS programme. You will be able to observe and experience the area being studied and will have a unique opportunity to link your theoretical knowledge to daily practice and fieldwork. The trips include... [-]

MSc in Architecture, Building and Planning

Eindhoven University of Technology
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Eindhoven

The Netherlands, as part of a globalizing world, will increasingly face important developments, such as natural, demographic, societal and spatial and land use developments. [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. The Netherlands, as part of a globalizing world, will increasingly face important developments, such as natural, demographic, societal and spatial and land use developments. The built environment industry will have to respond to this, and society must provide a continuous stimulus with innovative and market-oriented concepts. In the Master program Architecture, Building and Planning, you will learn to encounter these developments by translating them into smart, healthy and sustainable opportunities for the built environment. Characteristics of the Master program The vision of the Graduate School (the Master program is part of it) is that students develop a personalized education program. Therefore the Maste rprogram ABP offers you a series of courses and projects with a lot of flexibility and multidisciplinary opportunities the possibility to gain international experience educations in soft skills, such as creativity and communication skills in the curriculum [-]

Master of Science in Architecture

Kaunas University of Technology
Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 Lithuania Kaunas

A dynamic, innovative and practical at the same time, programme is implemented through Studio method - study courses are integrated into a single complex task: students learn architecture-related principles of drawing, composition, physics, materials strengths, etc. and apply directly in the project they are working on. Another exclusivity of the programme lays in the historical, cultural, theoretical and philosophical critical analysis of existing typologies, associated with the design of aesthetic prototyping which integrates constructions, mechanical, ecological and economic research. [+]

Architecture Master of Science in Creative Arts A dynamic, innovative and practical at the same time, programme is implemented through Studio method - study courses are integrated into a single complex task: students learn architecture-related principles of drawing, composition, physics, materials strengths, etc. and apply directly in the project they are working on. Another exclusivity of the programme lays in the historical, cultural, theoretical and philosophical critical analysis of existing typologies, associated with the design of aesthetic prototyping which integrates constructions, mechanical, ecological and economic research. This extended undergraduate programme leads to the master’s degree (5 years programme). Top reasons to study @KTU Why KTU? Why Lithuania? Course outline More information about programme ktu.edu/b/architecture Internship & academic mobility opportunities Internship (studies practice) is a part of Bachelor’s study programme (typically 2 months during the last semester but not limited) therefore all graduates gain professional experience. The students of this programme may perform internship in Lithuania or abroad using Erasmus+, IAESTE, AIESEC, ISIEC, P4V, etc. academic mobility programmes and designated scholarship. The main business partners of the programme are AB Miestprojektas, Lithuanian Real Estate Development Association, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Union of Architects, etc. KTU students also are encouraged to use academic mobility programme among which Erasmus+ is the most popular. More than 350 Erasmus+ and 100 other bilateral agreements are made for student exchange, and the students may spend 1-2 semesters in a partner university of KTU and gain credits which are transferred into... [-]

Master in Urbanism Studies

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Campus Full time September 2017 Sweden Stockholm

This one-year Master’s programme is aimed at graduates from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and city planning who are specifically concerned with design issues of the public realm and the effects these have on social life and human behaviour. Our focus is to deepen theoretical and design knowledge, changing the mindset of professionals regarding the importance and value of the public realm in the design of our cities. [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. Master’s programme in Urbanism Studies This one-year Master’s programme is aimed at graduates from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and city planning who are specifically concerned with design issues of the public realm and the effects these have on social life and human behaviour. Our focus is to deepen theoretical and design knowledge, changing the mindset of professionals regarding the importance and value of the public realm in the design of our cities. Urbanism Studies at KTH The rationale behind Urbanism Studies is for professionals to understand and work in interdisciplinary urban design and city planning teams, coupled with the growing desire for cities to establish different, new forms of urban living. As the goal of this programme is to move design thinking from objects to places, our core Urban Studios and Modules differ from traditional studios/modules in several ways. Our approach involves in-depth explorations of urban design issues by combining five topic-based modules situated within the three studio courses. Ongoing seminar reading series and urban film studies are included in the studios. The integrated final thesis project builds upon the previous three studios and five modules, leading to a thesis portfolio that reflects the main achievements and thinking of each student as an outcome and product of their intense, focused learning throughout the year. Furthermore, students are offered the opportunity to be exposed and collaborate with the guest faculty from some of the leading Built Environment (Urbanism) programs in the world: ETH... [-]

Master of Science in City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Luis Obispo

The MCRP Program cultivates talent, leadership, innovation and action-oriented research in the place making education of civic minded and diverse students. We provide an applied, comrehensive, professional planning education with, community, regional, and global awareness. We prepare planners to develop communities and regions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable. [+]

About the Program The Master of Science in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program cultivates talent, leadership, innovation and action-oriented research in the place making education of civic minded and diverse students. We provide an applied, comrehensive, professional planning education with, community, regional, and global awareness. We prepare planners to develop communities and regions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable. General Characteristics The Master of City & Regional Planning degree (MCRP) is an applied, comprehensive, and professionally-based program. It is open to students with high standards of academic achievement who wish to pursue careers in city and regional planning. It is structured to prepare graduates to function in a general context of city planning, as well as in an area of special emphasis. The core courses cover planning theory, methods, law, and formulation and implementation of plans and policies. Students may choose to pursue specialized studies in four areas: Urban Design Environment and Sustainability Transportation Housing, Economic, and Community Development In addition, skill building in all aspects of planning communications (visual, verbal, written) is stressed. The City & Regional Planning Department jointly offers the MCRP degree with the Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in transportation planning. The MCRP program is structured to meet the needs of those who have earned baccalaureate degrees in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, environmental studies, economics, business, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, political science, environmental or urban studies, natural resources management, and ecology. The program is... [-]

MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Urban Design

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Glasgow + 1 more

This course is designed for practitioners and students to enhance their understanding of the city as a complex and dynamic system. While your focus will be on physical planning and the design of urban spaces and buildings, the various influencing factors that affect form will also be considered... [+]

MSc Degrees in Architecture. MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Urban Design Recent data and predictions on the forthcoming rate of urbanisation make cities the most common living environment of the future. What kind of life will it be for the seven billion people who will live in existing or developing cities? Cities hold tremendous potential, but at the same time are sources of stress, inequalities and pollution. We're working to improve cities to better support fulfilling and diverse lifestyles. Urban design has an important role in determining both the current and future form of cities. The responsibility for the development and management of cities is becoming increasingly shared. This course is designed for practitioners and students to enhance their understanding of the city as a complex and dynamic system. While your focus will be on physical planning and the design of urban spaces and buildings, the various influencing factors that affect form will also be considered. The major topic is the European metropolis, or city region, within the context of globalisation. You’ll learn to develop appropriate strategies for sustainable urban development. This will encompass social, political, economic, environmental, architectural, aesthetic and psychological aspects. You’ll study Your course is delivered through studio work, lectures, seminars and a research project. The studio involves work on the design of a complex urban area. This includes the levels of the entire city, the neighbourhood and the individual public space defined by urban architecture. The course is strongly linked to the Urban Design Studies Unit's research agenda. All... [-]