Master of Science in Architectural Engineering


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Program Description

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MSc in Architectural Engineering

This master is jointly organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with Université Libre de Bruxelles, leading to a joint master's degree.

The Master’s programme in Architectural Engineering combines structural engineering and architectural studies with management training.

The programme trains you to design large-scale architectural projects that add value to complex, mainly urban, situations. You’ll be working in a design studio, where a variety of aspects related to your task come together: analysing a historical, architectural and urban context, setting up a programme and designing a pleasant building complex with adequate materials, an efficient structure equipped with sustainable techniques. This synergy is to be expected, given the complex and advanced nature of architectural design at Master level. The university manages the interaction between these disciplines and combines it with a scientific attitude. This means you’ll receive a scientific education at a high level, that optimally prepares you for the job market.

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The programme consists of a fixed number of compulsory courses and a number of optional courses . The second year also includes a master thesis. In this master thesis it is requested to realize a synergy between a research study and an architectural design.

The teaching methods combine theory lectures with exercises, seminars, workshops, visits and lab sessions. The design studio is conceived as the heart of the teaching project and represents one quarter of the course programme.

Studying abroad The curriculum of the first master year can be replaced by an alternative programme of 30 to 60 ECTS at a university abroad. This international mobility offers you extra opportunities to tune the content of your curriculum with international courses, internships and research projects without delaying your study progress. Possible destinations are Milan (Italy), Cottbus (Germany), or Göteborg (Sweden).


Academic requirements

Students with a bachelor in the same field of study (architectural engineering)have direct access after the evaluation of their application file. Holders of another engineering degree must be approved/admitted by the curriculum council.

For engineering sciences: to posses the more specialized knowledge for the calculation and simulation of all technical aspects related to the execution of a project, ranging from the stability of structures, foundation techniques, building physics, building acoustics, heating, durability, lighting to the use of new materials, lightweight constructions, the re-use and renovation of existing buildings and the 4D-design;

Language requirements

The following language tests are accepted: 

  • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79; 
  • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5; 
  • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170;

More information on language requirements can be found here


Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals) need to submit their pre-application before March 31th

Students who do not require a visa must submit their pre-application before before September 12th

In order to apply you have to fill in the online application form (button below).

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Last updated May 2020

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Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the ... Read More

Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Almost 200 years of experience and history await you at its green, urban campuses. A young university with a well-established tradition The single word ‘vrije’ in ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel’ means ‘free’ and really tells you everything you need to know about the ambition of our university: the promotion of research and thought without dogmas and prejudices. Because studying at VUB, in an open atmosphere of tolerance and diversity, means growing into an independent and critically- thinking individual who can cope with our fast-changing world. Read less