Aalto University

Architecture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Swedish, English, Finnish
Architecture is a field of technology and of art. Architecture teaching combines knowledge-based professional material and artistic understanding and expression skills. An architect must be able to see problems from many different directions, which is the reason for the broad-based nature of the degree in architecture. The Architecture master programme is offered by the Aalto University.


The learning outcomes are based on the regulations of the EU directive that applies to pursuing the professional activities of an architect (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications). According to the directive, an architectural degree meets the expectations of the construction industry and also enables a career outside Finland.

This Architecture programme is offered by Aalto University.

In accordance with the above-mentioned directive, the purpose of the programme is to ensure that after completing a degree, the student has:

  • the ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements
  • adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related fields of art, technology and human sciences
  • knowledge of the fine arts as an influence on the quality of architectural design
  • adequate knowledge of urban design planning and the skills involved in the planning process
  • understanding of the relationships between people and buildings and between buildings and their environment and of the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale
  • understanding of the profession of architecture and the role of the architect in society, in particular in preparing briefs that take account of social factors
  • understanding of the methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project
  • understanding of the structural design, constructional and engineering problems associated with building design
  • adequate knowledge of physical problems, technologies and of the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate
  • the necessary design skills to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations
  • adequate knowledge of the industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and integrating plans into overall planning

A further aim of the education is to strengthen the student's competence in co-ordination tasks related to design, thus enabling the graduate to work as a head designer of demanding construction projects.

An understanding of the internationalising and expanding duties associated with the profession and the ability to function in other cultures are also part of the general skill outcomes of the degree. This develops the student's working life skills and promotes career planning, regardless of whether the goal is to work as an employee in the private or public sector or as an entrepreneur.

The academic objective of the education is that after completing a degree, the student:

  • knows the academic discussion and key literature in the field
  • can write academic text in a critical and expert manner
  • knows the key research methods and has the ability to apply them
  • can argue scientifically
Career opportunities

Architecture is a field of technology and of art. Architecture teaching combines knowledge-based professional material and artistic understanding and expression skills. An architect must be able to see problems from many different directions, which is one of the reasons for the broad-based nature of the degree in architecture. According to the EU directive, an architectural degree meets the expectations of the construction industry and also enables a career outside Finland.

Duties of an architect

  • Project planning
  • Building design in all scales
  • Construction, property development
  • Urban design, urban planning/zoning of regional entities
  • Museum work
  • Building history inventories and surveys
  • Administrative, teaching, management and research duties, expert tasks
  • Furniture design, interior decorating, design, exhibition design
  • Architectural graphics, IT, multimedia

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 Included:

  • Building Site Monitoring
  • Methodology (or other methodological studies approved by the programme)
  • Maturity test
  • Building Design Studio 1
  • Building Design Studio 2
  • Housing in Urban Context, Studio
  • Diversifying Forms of Living
  • Wood Studio
  • Wooden Town
For more information, please visit programme website

                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                English Language Requirements

                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                • Minimum required score:


                                  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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                                  Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                                • Minimum required score:


                                  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:


                                  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

                                • You need the following GMAT score:

                                  Required score: 550

                                  The GMAT - or Graduate Management Admission Test - is a frequent requirement for admission at management and business schools across the world. The GRE score ranges between 200 and 800 and measures the verbal and quantitative reasoning of test-takers. Read more about the GMAT.

                                Evaluation criteria

                                The final admission is based on the academic assessment. The evaluation process is competitive and the number of available study places is limited. The used criteria is as follows:

                                • The applicability of the previous degree, i.e. bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a well reputed school of architecture
                                • The amount of relevant studies
                                • The academic performance of the applicant
                                • The quality of the application as a whole, including the portfolio
                                • The motivation and commitment of the applicant on the basis of a motivation letter.

                                A portfolio consisted of the applicant’s own works is mandatory. The portfolio should widely present the candidate’s architectural and artistic skills and creativity. 

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International Applies to you

                                  15000 EUR/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                Citizens of EU/EEA countries are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University.

                                Living costs for Helsinki

                                910 - 1400 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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