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Major studies

Advanced major studies 60 cr

Thesis 30 cr

Elective studies 30 cr

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Aims of the Master of Science (Architecture) and Master of Science (Landscape Architecture) degree

The aim of the degrees of Master of Science (Architecture) and Master of Science (Landscape Architecture) is to provide students with:

  1. good knowledge of the advanced studies of the master's programme;
  2. knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods and the skills needed for independent and demanding artistic work;
  3. knowledge and skills to understand the problems of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment;
  4. knowledge and skills to perform, both independently and collaboratively, demanding expert, development and management duties of the field of study;
  5. good language and communication skills for work in the field and for international operations and cooperation;
  6. the knowledge and skills needed for scientific postgraduate education and lifelong learning.

The education shall be based on scientific research and the professional practices of fields requiring expertise in science and technology, and on artistic activity. In addition, the degree of Master of Science (Architecture) shall meet at least the requirements set forth in the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (7 September 2005) (see Appendix 3).

Master's Degree Programme in Architecture Learning Outcomes

Architecture is a field at the intersection of technology and art. Architects should be able to approach problems not only from a technical or artistic perspective but they also should understand the social, cultural, environmental and economic implications of their work. This is the reason for the broad-based nature of the education in architecture. Because of this, the Master' Programme aims at developing the student's technical, scientific and artistic thinking with respect to the construction of a socially responsible and sustainable future. After completing the degree program, students will have:

  • the ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements.
  • knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related fields of art, technology and human sciences.
  • knowledge of urban design and planning and the skills involved in the planning process.
  • understanding of the relationships between people and the built environment as well as between the built environment and the natural one.
  • understanding of the structural, constructional and engineering problems associated with the design of buildings and the ability to provide internal conditions of comfort and protection against various climatic conditions.

The learning outcomes of the program are in line with the regulations of the EU directive that applies to pursuing the professional activities of an architect (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications). Hence, the program also enables students to:

  • understand the methods of investigation and preparation of a brief for a design project.
  • meet with their designs the building users' requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations.
  • understand the various regulations and procedures of the industries and organisations involved in translating design concepts into buildings and urban planning.

The program facilitates students to pursue a career in architecture within Finland but also abroad regardless of whether the goal is to work as an employee in the private or public sector or as an entrepreneur. It also strengthen the student's competence in co-ordination tasks related to design, thus enabling graduates to work as a head designer of demanding construction projects.

Education content

The key focus in master's program education is on developing and deepening of skills and knowledge obtained during the bachelor's phase. The topics include the history and theory of architecture, building design and Finnish building art as well as urban planning and design. Course and design studio teaching is enhanced by means of multidisciplinary collaboration and advanced teaching methods. A number of courses are based on a learning-by-doing approach and the working on 'real' design assignments often in collaboration with the local community. In addition, experimental and design research-oriented courses are offered that allow the in depth exploration of specialized topics and the development of an individual expression and voice as a designer.

The program provides opportunities for internationalisation through, for example, exchange studies and international student competitions and study trips. The internships as part of the program can be completed abroad and students can also do field work outside Finland.

Structure of the Master's Degree Programme

Major studies 90 cr, comprising advanced studies in the major (60 cr) and the master's thesis (30 cr).

The scope of a master's thesis is 30 credits. The thesis seminar which may be a part of the degree requirements for a master's degree is not part of the thesis, but is a separate study attainment that is included in advanced studies in the major.

Elective studies 30 credits comprising alternative studies and/or elective studies (minor, specialisation studies, individual courses, training).

Degree structure of the Master's Degree Programme in Architecture (120 credits)

Degree in Architecture


Major (Architecture)


Elective studies


  • At least 15 cr of elective studies must be selected from alternative studies in the Master's Programme in Architecture. Architecture studies completed elsewhere (for example, abroad) can also be accepted for credit.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned 15 cr, 3-12 cr of internship can also be accepted as elective studies.

Master’s Thesis(ARK.thes)


The thesis is completed on one of the following topics:

  1. Building Design (Professorships: Housing Design, Building Design, Building Technology, Wood Constructions, Design of Structures,Health and Wellbeing Architecture, Emergent Design Methodologies );
  2. Urban Planning and Design (Professorships: Urban Planning, Urban Design,Computational Methodology in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism);
  3. History and Theory of Architecture (Professorships: Architectural Principles and Theory , History of Architecture)