M.Sc. On Campus


Aalto University

24 months
15000 EUR/year
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At the Architecture programme from Aalto University, your scientific and artistic thinking will be developed, aiding you in designing buildings and cities for a sustainable future while promoting health and well-being and enriching lives aesthetically.


Architecture is a field at the intersection of technology and art with strong social, cultural, environmental, and economic implications. The Major in Architecture aims at

  • deepening the students’ technical, scientific and artistic thinking as foundation for building a socially responsible and sustainable future.
  • fostering creative exploration and experimentation as well as multi-disciplinary collaboration.

After completing the degree, the students will have:

  • the ability to apply various design strategies in reaction to programmatic, technical, and aesthetic requirements.
  • an understanding of the main lines of development in history and theory of architecture and their contextual relevance for critical design thinking.
  • the ability of identifying systemic interactions and the transformation of these interactions into design operations for socially responsible and sustainable action.

The Architecture programme from Aalto University offers an opportunity for individual development of skills and knowledge in a range of specialization fields such as wood construction, building design and the reuse of buildings, human-centered design and wellbeing, computational design, preservation or urban design and planning.

Career opportunities

The majority of architects work as project architects in a company or as entrepreneurs in their own architectural agency, working with new or renovation projects. The public sector is another important employer, with job titles including zoning architect, permit architect, cultural environment manager, museum director and municipal architect. Architects work as academic researchers or teachers, such as professors or lecturers. Architects can also be construction managers, project designers or experts in the property field; senior inspectors or specialists in the environmental field or exhibition architects and curators in the field of art. The duties of an architect are steadily expanding from traditional design tasks to other fields that require comprehensive vision and creative problem-solving ability.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The key focus in master's programme education is on developing and deepening of skills and knowledge obtained during the bachelor's phase. 
  • The topics include the history and theory of architecture, building design and Finnish building art as well as urban planning and design. 
  • Course and design studio teaching is enhanced by means of multidisciplinary collaboration and advanced teaching methods. 
  • A number of courses are based on a learning-by-doing approach and the working on 'real' design assignments often in collaboration with the local community. 
  • In addition, experimental and design research-oriented courses are offered that allow the in depth exploration of specialized topics and the development of an individual expression and voice as a designer.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should demonstrate

  • their communication skills that is the ability to use visual means of representation of the discipline in order to communicate your design idea and its architectural expression.
  • their technical skills that is the ability to translate your concept into an adequate material system and coherent construction logic.
  • their understanding of context that is the ability to relate the architectural project to its physical, social, cultural and political environment.
  • their understanding of space-making that is the ability to translate the architectural concept into an adequate spatial experience and spatial dynamics.    

Portfolio (max 20 pages, pdf-format)

The CV should be maximum 1 page and include at least information on previous studies, work experience, software skills and prizes. 

The motivation letter

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 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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