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Program overview
4 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2020

September 2021

September 2022

Program description


The Master of Architecture programme from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen is an attractive and challenging programme for those who are creative, technical and see it as their purpose to have positive impact on society.

This 4 year master programme in Architecture offered by Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen is close to practice and society. In this master you'll combine working and studying simultaneously. 

Developing your creative and analytical skills goes hand in hand with obtaining disciplinary knowledge and skills.

After obtaining your master degree, you're allowed to register to the Dutch Register of Architects which gives you the license to practice in Europe. You will no longer need to get the required two years of work experience because you already gained this during your study.

Groningen Academy of Architecture's Master's in Architecture is an attractive and challenging programme for prospective architects. This programme focuses purely on design, combining academic study with work in professional practice.

The strong link between professional practice and the Master's in Architecture is one of the programme's defining characteristics. 

Students combine their studies at the Academy with work in an architectural practice. This approach is known as concurrent learning, incorporating two relatively independent but closely linked parts of the programme. The academic component is primarily designed to enable students to acquire professional expertise and design skills. The practical component contributes to students' professional development. This interaction between study and work means that you learn twice as much, twice as fast. 

Admission requirements

Admission interview

In all cases, an admission interview is part of the admissions procedure. The admission interview is aimed at assessing whether the student has sufficient motivation, knowledge, insight and talent to take the programme at the Academy.

After this interview, there are a number of possibilities:

  • The student is admissible, i.e. they have received a positive enrolment decision from the admissions committee.
  • The student is admissible, but there are deficiencies. The student is advised to take an adapted programme in the first year in order to address identified deficiencies. During the end-of-year interview at the end of the first year, the student will be assessed to ascertain their likelihood of completing the programme successfully.
  • The student is not admissible, i.e. they have received a negative enrolment decision.


Entrance examination

Prior to the admission interview, prospective students will sit an entrance examination. In the interview, the results of this examination will be discussed. The examination will assess aspects of creativity, technique and empathy. In addition, attention will be paid in the admission interview to a personal portfolio to be brought along.



In principle, anyone can apply, regardless of their prior education. A number of qualifications share the same developmental curve as this programme. These include:

  • an Architecture and Construction Engineering Bachelor's degree (Architecture specialisation) from a university of applied sciences (HBO);
  • a Bachelor's degree (Architecture differentiation) from the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences of Delft University of Technology or Eindhoven University of Technology;
  • a certificate from an equivalent foreign programme, the validity of which is to be determined by NUFFIC's certificate comparison system;
  • a Bachelor of Design certificate (Spatial Design specialisation) from a university of applied sciences.

However, it is also possible to be admissible with a different prior education and/or specific experience. If the admission interview is positive, the student is admissible. Any deficiencies must then be eliminated in the first year.

Work in practice

Master's students are obliged to gain practice expericence. A student has to work a minimum of 20 hours a week in a relevant practice (Architect's firm or related). The Academy offers help for students who are temporarily unable to find a job.

Work in practice for Non-EEA Students

In general: Dutch law does not allow students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to work in the Netherlands in a regular employment. The Academy of Architecture is an exception to this rule. A limited number of non-EEA students is permitted to have a regular employment in the Netherlands for a maximum of 20 hours per week under a number of strict conditions.


All universities and higher education programmes in the Netherlands are connected to a nationwide registration system calledStudielink. Applicants should apply for our programme via the Studielink website. After your application in Studielink is complete, our Student Administration (STAD) department will send you an email containing a link, enabling you to upload documents in order to finalise the application process.

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Tuition fees

€2,083 for EU/EEA students

€7,700 for non-EU/EEA students

Scholarships & funding

Hanze UAS has various scholarship possibilities to aid students financially if they meet the requirements.

For more information, please visit the University's website.


Master of Science

Continuing studies

Career prospects

The significant practical experience and in-depth technical and design knowledge that you will have acquired through your studies will stand you in good stead when you graduate from the Academy as an architect. You will be immediately employable because you will already have been working in the field. But that is not all, because you will have acquired a great deal of specialist knowledge and will have a lot to offer.

Not only will you have learned to design and build, but you will also be familiar with the entirety of the design and construction process: a highly complex business that involves a large number of bodies and stakeholders. You will have learnt to work with colleagues, contractors, builders, suppliers, technical advisers, public officials, clients and end users. 

You will have a broad knowledge of the legal, social, economic and organisational principles associated with the field. You will have learnt to research, collaborate, negotiate and, where necessary, to take a stand. You will know what it means to defend and uphold the quality of a project. In short, you will have learnt not only in theory but also in practice what it means to be a designer.

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Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands

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Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Zernikeplein 7
9747 AS Groningen

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