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Architectural and Urban Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Architectural and Urban Studies from Kadir Has University seeks to play a leading role in promoting this intertwined, multi-scalar conceptualization of architecture and the city, both in history and in the contemporary world, and invites original graduate level research projects about the design, production and representation of the built environment from critical, interdisciplinary perspectives.


Conceived in close collaboration with the Istanbul Studies Center of KHas University, the program intends to offer a productive platform of research and scholarship where architectural and urban studies can enhance each other, sharing new knowledge, research methods, representation techniques and interdisciplinary insights. 

The graduates of the Architectural and Urban Studies program from Kadir Has University are expected to work in the disciplines of architecture, urban design, planning and landscape not just as design professionals in practice, but also in a myriad of different capacities as academics, theoreticians, historians, critics, writers, curators and project consultants among others.

In our “urban age”, different design disciplines (Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design and Landscape) all claim the city as their territory of concern, research and intervention. As the boundaries between these disciplines get increasingly blurred, it is no longer possible to think about buildings, building complexes and public spaces independent of the urban contexts and regional hinterlands in which they are situated. 

Nor is it possible to ignore the multiple actors involved when it is not just design professionals (architect, planner, urban designer, landscape designer etc.) but also political authorities, local governments, developers, various non-governmental, professional and community organizations, users and the public at large that contribute to the shaping of the built environment in different ways.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Theories and Contemporary Debates
  • Data Visualization and Verbalization Workshop
  • Readings in Society and Space
  • Situating the Modern: Vernacular Forms and Practices
  • Trans-National Histories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism
  • Aesthetics of Architectural and Urban Research
  • Space, Politics and Power
  • Modernity, Architecture and Urban Space in Turkey
  • Gendering Space: Feminist Approaches to Space, Place and Society

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Copy of the undergraduate or graduate diploma and transcript
  • GRE/ALES/GAT score results
  • For diplomas awarded abroad, a copy of the diploma equivalency certificate issued by YÖK's International Equivalency Office, certifying the equivalency of the diploma to that of a Turkish higher education institution (the letter of equivalence must be submitted by the end of the first semester)
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Fee with 25%  Scholarship: $9,000
  • Fee with 50% Scholarship: $6.000
  • Fee with 100% Scholarship: $0.000

Living costs for Istanbul

  • 2000 - 3240 TRY/month
    Living Costs

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


Every international student application for a KHAS academic program is evaluated for a scholarship. No separate scholarship application is necessary. Tuition reduction scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. High international or national examination scores and graduation grades are taken into consideration. Tuition reduction scholarships, are subject to maintain a min. of 1.5 GPA at the end of each academic year.

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