• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The design process – and particularly its social and cultural role-is the core of the Faculty of Architecture’s education. The Master of Architecture combines a designerly with an academic approach. It is characterized by a fully integrated design methodology, providing students with solid skills in the contemporary discipline of architectural design and research.


The Master of Architecture programme explores the subject from a research-by-design and design-by-research perspective. The programme combines an academic approach with a creative experimental approach, and you will be fully prepared for the multicultural and international context of your chosen career.

The Master of Architecture programme is organised at both of the faculty's campuses in Brussels and Ghent, though each campus offers a different orientation:

  • Campus Brussels - Architecture: Urban Projects, Urban Cultures
  • Campus Ghent - Architecture: Resilient and Sustainable Strategies

Programme outline

This Master's programme consists of a minimum of four semesters, and is organised at faculty's campuses in Ghent and in Brussels.

Based on a highly interdisciplinary learning process of integrated research and ‘research by design’, students are expected to determine a critical stance on current issues with emphasis on facilitating, making and imagining, leading to relevant spatial interventions. 

The learning environment is constructed out of four engagements:

  • Urban Cultures
  • Craftsmanship
  • Mediating Tactics
  • Legacies

Based on four programmes, students, faculty staff and alumni can join on-site traineeship and internship programmes, conduct on-site research, and join local academic or professional events.


  • This programme opens the doors to a network of cooperative associations with professionals and universities worldwide and strives to leverage this international network for students' benefit. Other benefits are:
  • The faculty's activities are extensive and diversified: students and staff exchange knowledge on a European and intercontinental level. The faculty continues to build on its tradition of academic integration of teaching and research to maintain its high standard of quality.
  • The faculty takes its international dimension as the basis for its own quality assessment.
  • The teaching staff is a mix of academics and architects with an exemplary practice, including many leading international architects and researchers.
Career perspectives

Graduates are trained to lead multidisciplinary teams of engineers, interior architects, landscape architects and artists. In addition to working as independent (self-employed) architects, graduates also work as professionals in government agencies and international design firms worldwide. Many graduates go onto roles as researchers, serving local or international governance bodies, NGO's or other institutes.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure


History and Theory

  • Architecture and Sustainability 
  • Landscape, Ecology and Urbanism
Building Technology
  • Building Technology - Integration 
  • Climate Design & Sustainability 
  • Innovative and Sustainable Structures
Professional Practice
  • Project management
Design Studio
  • Design Studio
  • Master Dissertation

Electives (examples)

  • Acoustic Building Solutions in Architecture
  • Mapping/Drawing/Visualizing the Experienced
  • The Sustainability Problem
  • Urban Projects, Collective Spaces and Local Identities
  • Internship
  • Summer Schools: Intensive Foreign Programmes
  • Portfolio

Alternative Components

  • Student dean
  • Master Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Candidates should hold a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in the same field of study.

After a prepatory programme:

  • Professional Bachelor of Construction
  • Professional Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Professional Bachelor of Applied Architecture

Applicants must submit proof of English proficiency, unless they hold

  • a diploma of secondary or higher education from an institution in Flanders or the Netherlands
  • a diploma in English-taught higher education in an institution located in the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, the Caribbean Islands or South Africa
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Gent

  • 754 - 1210 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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