Master of Science in Architecture

University of Oulu

Program Description

Master of Science in Architecture

University of Oulu

Master’s Program in Architecture, Master of Science (Architecture)

  • northernmost architect school in the world
  • a design-oriented study program
  • leads to an EU-notified professional architect’s degree

The international master’s degree program in Architecture is a two-year design-oriented study program. 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 program 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
  • teamwork 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.

The School of Architecture has recently become a part of the university’s main campus in Linnanmaa, and will at the beginning of the year 2018 move into tailored and newly renovated premises on the campus. The school has its own computer labs for architecture students and workshops for professional model making. In Fab Lab Oulu the university provides common facilities, tools, and instruction for digital fabrication and 2D and 3D laser cutting.

Career prospects

After graduation, the students are eligible to carry on to doctoral studies at the University of Oulu. Most architects work as building designers and urban designers. Additional career options for an architect may be:

  • entrepreneur
  • expert
  • teacher
  • researcher
  • concept designer
  • visualizer

Students applying for the program must possess an applicable bachelor’s degree in architecture.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
University of Oulu

Last updated July 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
2 years
Full time
13,000 EUR
Jan. 23, 2019
Application deadline: Nov 1, 2018 – Jan 23, 2019.
Finland - Oulu
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 23, 2019
Application deadline: Nov 1, 2018 – Jan 23, 2019.
End date Contact school
Aug. 2019
Finland - Oulu
Application deadline Jan. 23, 2019
Application deadline: Nov 1, 2018 – Jan 23, 2019.
End date Contact school