Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Architectural Engineering, M.Sc.

This Architectural Engineering Master offers a high level of scientific education where designers are trained to realize the synergy between the construction and the architecture discipline. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) master is focused on structural engineering and architectural studies combined with the training of management skills, a high level of scientific education that prepares students to a wide range of job profiles.

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This Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Master offers a high level of scientific education where designers are trained to realize the synergy between the construction and the architure discipline.

The Architectural Engineering master is focused on structural engineering and architectural studies combined with the training of management skills, a high level of scientific education that prepares students to a wide range of job profiles.

The master programme in Architectural Engineering trains designers to realize the synergy between the engineering and the architecture disciplines. The programme provides students with an advanced level of knowledge and insight and makes them proficient in the creative and inventive use of the engineering and architectural knowledge in a complex architectural design.

The training is characterized by the integration of scientific research in education. The design studio acts as a crystallization point in the application of knowledge with respect to architectural design, structural design, installation techniques and urban planning. Given the complex and more advanced nature of architectural design at Master level, it requires the interaction between various disciplines combined with a scientific attitude.

The programme consist of a fixed number of compulsory courses and a number of optional courses. The second year also includes a master thesis. In this master thesis it is requested to realize a synergy between a research study and an architectural design.

Careers

The programme prepares students to a wide range of job profiles such as

  • architectural and structural engineer
  • project manager
  • consultant
  • employee or executive in an architectural or engineer office
  • supervisor of the built heritage
  • policy maker for urban planning
  • researcher and others.

Accreditation

VUB is registered with the Flemish government of Belgium as an institution of higher education.
The VUB programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO, Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie). This official organisation was established by an international treaty between the Flemish and the Dutch governments to ensure the quality of higher education in both the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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  • Design of Concrete Structures
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Parametric Design of Transformable Structures
  • Capita Selecta in Architectural Engineering Research
  • Energy Performance of Buildings
  • Spatial Structures: Design and Analysis
  • Structural Renovation Techniques
  • Post-war History of Construction and Architecture
  • Design Studio 
  • Sustainable Design
  • Architectural Engineering and Construction Project Management
  • Low Energy Design for Sustainable Buildings
  • Daylighting in Buildings
  • Design Project Competition
  • Theory of Architecture and Urbanism

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    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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  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 72

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Each programme has its own specific requirements. After you submit your application, we will verify your degree and transcripts in order to determine whether you are eligible for the programme of your choice.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 2500 International
  • EUR 835 EU/EEA

For this 2 years double degree programme the tuirion fees are as follows:

In the 1st year:

  • EEA students: 835 EUR
  • Non EEA students: 2500 EUR

In the 2nd year:

  • EEA students: 890 EUR
  • Non EEA students: 2500 EUR

Funding

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays.

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