Master's Degree Programme in Architecture

Tampere University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Architecture

Tampere University of Technology


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.

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.


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.

Programme Structure

The Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture is comprised of 120 credits, and 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 take three semesters. Students spend the last semester of the two-year programme writing their master's thesis, which is worth 30 credits.

Professional studies (52 credits)

Professional Studies in Architecture are compulsory courses that offer you a strong set of professional skills during your first year in accordance with the generalistic education concept that the School is especially known for. The studies provide you with a comprehensive and solid foundation in the many disciplinary areas that contribute to the formation of the necessary background knowledge of an architect.


  • Introduction to Graduate Studies (1 cr.)
  • Architectural Design, Professional Course (12 cr.)
  • Housing Design, Professional Course (12 cr.)
  • History of Architecture, Professional Course (12 cr.)
  • Urban Planning and Design, Professional Course (12 cr.)
  • Starting Finnish (3 cr.)

Major subject (30 credits)

Major subject studies cover the first semester of the second year; they are compulsory and structured as follows: 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.


  • Sustainable Design Studio (15 cr.)
  • Negotiating and Designing Sustainable Change (5 cr.)
  • Sustainable Renovation and Redevelopment (5 cr.)
  • Digital Design in Urban Environments (3 cr.)
  • Professional Practise (2 cr.)

Elective studies (8 credits)

You can customize your degree by selecting courses from among the available elective courses. The study areas include advanced studies in Finnish architecture and computer aided design and visualization skills. It is possible to include in the degree courses from other departments, for example in civil engineering, industrial engineering management or also language courses.


  • Contemporary Finnish Architecture (3 cr.)
  • Spaces in Finnish Nature (3 cr.)
  • Finnish Wood Architecture (8 cr.)
  • Computer Aided Architectural Design (4 cr.)
  • Revit Architecture, Basics (4 cr.)
  • Free Form Modelling in Architecture (3 cr.)
  • Landscape Architecture (7 cr.)
  • Visualizing Architecture (4 cr.)
  • School of Architecture's Varying Topics Course (1-10 cr.)
  • Introduction to Finnish Planning (2 cr.)
  • Internship (4 cr.)
  • Finnish and English language studies

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.


Educational qualifications

Applicants must hold a three- or four-year bachelor's degree in the field of architecture from an internationally recognized university, preferably from one of the European architecture schools listed in the Directive of the European Parliament and Council 2005/36/EC. Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may also apply, provided that they graduate before the end of July.

Language skills

The official language of the programme is English. A good command of English is an absolute prerequisite and must be demonstrated by taking one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL - minimum score: 92 in the Internet-based test, or 580 in the paper-based test
  • IELTS - minimum score: 6.5
  • Cambridge English Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) - minimum grade: "C"
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) - minimum score: 62

The minimum requirements are strict. If you do not meet the requirements, your application will not be considered.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 28, 2017
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Aug. 2018
2 years
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Finland - Tampere
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