M.Sc. Architectural Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Application deadline: Non EU citizens: 21 June, EU citizens: 21 September;
Tuition fee:
  • € 837 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Joint
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This Master offers a high level of scientific education where designers are trained to realize the synergy between the construction and the architure discipline.

The 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.

Realize synergy between engineering and architecture disciplines
The master program in Architectural Engineering trains designers to realize the synergy between the engineering and the architecture disciplines. The program 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.

Interaction between various disciplines
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.

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Objectives
The Master of Science in Architecture 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 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.

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.

Requirements

All students coming from outside the EEA, who wish to register to study in English at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Exemptions :

* Students who have succesfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as the language of tuition.
* Students with a primary education certificate with English as the language of tuition.
* Students who have been awarded at least 15 credits in higher education with English as the language of tuition.
* Students who have completed secondary education (ASO) in Belgium
* Students who have passed one of following specific English language tests: TOEFL (min. 550 paper-based, 213 computerbased, 80 internet-based), IELTS (min. academic module 6.5), Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (Grade B) of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade C) or TOEIC (min. 860).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Funding

Scholarships granted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel awards yearly a number of scholarships for advanced studies at Master or Advanced Master level. These programmes are characterized by the integration of education and research and a Master's thesis. They cover at least one year of study and depending on the field of study some programmes may take 2 years.

Yearly one or more specific programmes will be considered for Scholarships of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The Bureau for Development Cooperation selects these programmes every year following an internal "Call for Interest" to all programme directors of a Master or Master after Master programme. This selection is submitted for endorsement to the Research Council.

Scholarships for International Course Programmes (ICP)
The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) offers yearly scholarships to students from developing countries to follow International Courses. These courses are master courses, lasting two academic years, all of which lead to a masters degree. The ICPs focus on specific problems of developing countries. International Courses are:

* Master in Human Ecology
* Master of Science in Molecular Biology
* Master of Science in Ecological Marine Management
* Master of Science in Physical Land Resources
* Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering

Outstanding graduates can subsequently apply for a 4 year grant from the Flemish Interuniversity Council to obtain a PhD-degree.

Scholarships for International Training Programmes (ITP)
International Training Programmes are short-term training programmes whose main focus is transferring skills rather than knowledge. The programme is designed for people from developing countries with a certain degree of professional experience. A possibility for cooperation and networking is created during these 3 months of training.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers a training programme in Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries

Scholarships of the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC)
BTC is the Belgian development cooperation agency that supports developing countries in their fight against poverty. Each year BTC grants some 1.000 scholarships in Belgium across diverse fields of training, including Master programmes to students from its priority countries.

Erasmus Mundus Master scholarships
The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world. It supports European top-quality Masters Courses and provides EU-funded scholarships for third country (non-EU) nationals participating in these Masters Courses.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in the following Erasmus Mundus Master programmes: (click on a link for detailed information).

* Master of Science in Photonics
* M.A. Degree in Economics of International Trade and European Integration

Student Jobs
During the academic year, international students are entitled to work maximum 20 hours per week. They can work on a full time basis only during the summer holidays period (July-September).

The money earned from student jobs should be considered as a supplementary source of income, not as main financial means for living in Belgium.

The Job Service can help international students to find a student job. Nevertheless, students should be aware that they might face the following difficulties during their job search:

* non-European students are required to have a category C work permit.
* employers in Brussels very often need bilingual French/Dutch workers or explained at the Job Service or at the International Relations and Mobility Office.

Job Service Campus Etterbeek - Entrance 6
Open from Monday till Friday 13.30 - 17.00 or on appointment
Tel. +32 (0) 2 629 23 16
E-mail: job@vub.ac.be

Important remarks
Students who apply for a scholarship will receive a conditional letter of acceptance. This admission letter is valid only if the scholarship is awarded. Students coming for a short period are advised to bring either cash money or an international credit card. Most banks refuse customers who are here for less than 6 months. Even when you have the necessary means, problems can still arise, such as:

* foreign cheques that cannot be cashed in Belgium
* delayed or blocked bank transfers from abroad
* loss of money due to devaluation
* sponsors not paying allowances
* insufficient scholarships money
* loss of scholarship.

Remember to save the money for your return flight ticket at the end of your studies.

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