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Architecture Studies - Islamic Architecture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #1 (QS) , MA,
The Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) is a two-year program of advanced study founded on research and inquiry in architecture as a discipline and as a practice. The program is intended both for students who already have a professional degree in architecture and those interested in advanced non-professional graduate study.

About

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT is a unique international graduate program designed to promote, sustain, and increase the teaching of architecture in the Islamic world. It prepares students for careers in research, design, and teaching. With strong links with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Aga Khan Programs at Harvard, AKPIA concentrates on the critical study of the history and historiography of Islamic architecture; the interaction between architecture, society, and culture; strategies of urban and architectural preservation; design interventions in disaster areas and environmental and material-sensitive landscape research. The siting of AKPIA at MIT's Department of Architecture is intended to negate the polarizing dichotomy between the discipline of architecture (derived from Western architectural history and praxis) and Islamic Architecture, which is routinely relegated to area and cultural studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Historiography of Islamic Architecture
  • Orientalism and Representation
  • Architecture Design Theory and Methodologies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    577

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Academic Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts for all relevant degrees
  • IELTS or TOEFL Score
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A portfolio of work
  • An Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51832 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51832 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    51832 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51832 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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