• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


It is safe to assume that (interior) architects will have to deal increasingly with the transformation and adaptation of the built environment. Today, the role of architecture is being re-defined due to demographic, economic and ecological challenges. Transition and reuse take centre stage in the practice and theory of the profession. This academic Master’s Programme in Interior Architecture Adaptive Reuse from Hasselt University is innovative as it considers preservation through the act of adaptive reuse instead of mere conservation and restoration. Rather than relying on an archaeological perspective, it emphasises a designerly approach as to give new and unexpected energy to buildings. Therefore, the programme seeks to train students who explore and activate the rich potential of existing sites through design supported by research and theory.

Ideally positioned in a region full of historical sites with various identities (cultural, artistic, religious and industrial), the faculty is in close geographic proximity to a rich laboratory of potential cases that span 600 years. Students are taught to conceive of these sites as palimpsests rather than monuments. Subsequently, they are encouraged to explore the beauty, memory, hidden qualities and broader potentialities of the sites handed down by our predecessors. Finally, the master’s programme departs from the conventional understanding of the ‘interior’ as a quantifiable spatial category by underlining its richer artistic and ethical dimensions as Public Interior.

Programme Structure

The one-year master’s programme consists of three major components: design studio, theory module and master thesis/ project.

The design studio focuses on the study, transformation and adaptation of existing buildings and sites.

The theory module introduces students to the emerging frame of reference related to adaptive reuse by studying relevant texts and recent case studies. 

The master’s project and thesis conclude the programme, consisting in a personal and original work of design on an existing building and its surroundings.

For more information, please visit programme website. 


Visiting lecturers
  • Karl Otto Ellefsen AHO, Oslo
  • Ellen Klingenberg KHiO, Oslo
  • Freek Persyn 51N4E, Brussels
  • Mark Pimlot TUDelft & London
  • Genaro Postiglione Politecnico di Milano
  • Emilio Tuñón Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos, Madrid
  • Raphael van Amerongen vh Merckx & Girod, Amsterdam

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Diploma requirements

Bachelors or Masters in Architecture and/or Interior Architecture with a strong interest in adaptive reuse. Depending on previous qualifications, you may have to complete a preparatory programme (max. 48 ECTS).  

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • EU: 906.10 €
  • Non-EU: 2006.00 €

Living costs for Hasselt

  • 730 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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