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Sustainable Architecture

Tampere University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
August 2022
Tampere University

Program description

Sustainable Architecture

Are you a creative designer and critical thinker with a passion for architecture and creating a better world? In the Sustainable Architecture Master’s Programme we reimagine the built environment to better answer to the diverse societal, cultural and environmental challenges the world is facing. You will do this together with other students, architects and researchers in a vivid social community. Join us in building a more sustainable future!

We integrate sustainability thinking and wellbeing into design. A major theme is the relationship between the built and natural environment. In the heart of the studies is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11, “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. Moreover, the programme covers several other UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which you will study through theory, lectures and readings, and explore in your coursework.

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Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s Programme at Tampere University, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree*
    • an applicable bachelor’s degree at a university or a university of applied sciences in Finland
    • a bachelor's degree completed in a university outside Finland which provides eligibility for equivalent University master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
      • With a minimum scope of 180 ECTS credits, three to four years of full-time study
      • from a relevant field for the master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
      • from a recognised institution of higher education
  • A good command of the English language for academic purposes.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's program you are applying to. In the Master’s program in Sustainable Architecture the previous degree has to be in the field of Architecture.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The first year of our programme equips you with a broad general understanding in the fundamentals of architecture on master’s level. While orienting towards sustainable architecture, the courses cover the profession’s major fields of architectural design (including public building design and housing design), management of built heritage and urban planning and design.

The second year focuses on architectural design with two major intensive courses in the autumn, as well as on preparing the master’s thesis during the spring semester.

Architectural studies in our programme are mostly about learning by doing. Our staff and students make up a close-knit community that supports teaching and learning. In design studios, assignments are rooted in real-life situations. Excursions and architectural student competitions provide variety. Students learn by sharing and exchanging ideas with fellow students in group sessions. Design project results are reviewed in sessions where the students present their work and explain their approach to the assignment and the ideas underlying their solutions.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Degree earned

Master of Science (Architecture)

Extent of studies

120 ECTS

Study objectives

After completing the degree, you will have the skills for the architect's profession, lifelong learning and the qualification for scientific or artistic postgraduate studies.

Having completed the Master's Programme in Architecture, you will be able to:

  • Innovatively design safe, responsible and accessible constructed environments that meet aesthetic, technical, spatial and functional requirements
  • Develop and apply a variety of responsible solutions independently and creatively, regardless of scale, taking into account the relationship between human being and the environment
  • Design and combine different things into a broad and goal-oriented architectural entity and understand the significance of different factors in the whole
  • Assess the development of the architecture industry and justify their opinions in the international and societal debate in architecture
  • Critically and systematically apply the professional knowledge and knowledge from different disciplines
  • Apply theories and methods of architecture and use the scientific methods of work
  • Justify the solutions chosen and to present and assure them clearly, in writing, verbally and visually, using various techniques
  • Interpret the needs of customers, users and society and design solutions in the context of the economy, regulations, timetables, climate, professional ethics, sustainable construction, aesthetics and technology
  • Actively use interaction, language and networking skills in multidisciplinary and multicultural communities
  • Develop yourself and take responsibility for your own professional skills
  • Work independently and responsibly in the profession of architect, and evaluate the quality of your work

Continuing studies

Postgraduate study opportunities

The Master’s Degree in Architecture confers eligibility to apply for admission to doctoral studies. MSc (Arch) graduates may seek admission to the Doctoral program in the Built Environment that leads to the degree of Doctor of Science in Architecture, which is equivalent to a PhD in many other countries.

Career opportunities

The majority of professional architects in Finland work in architecture firms or as private entrepreneurs, but also the public sector is a significant employer. Traditionally architects in Finland have mainly worked in architectural design. The scope of the profession has since expanded considerably to also include, for example, environmental issues, real estate management, education and research, and the culture sector. The focus of design tasks has shifted from new construction to the multiple challenges of renovation. More and more architects are working as urban planners, as experts employed by companies, the government, institutions and organisations, or in education and research. The Master’s Degree program in Architecture prepares future architects to pursue a wide range of career opportunities.

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Tampere University

Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at our university. Tampere University is a merger of the former University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. University...

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