Architecture, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
Do you dream about working with architectural concept development, project development and design of buildings? The MSc programme in Architecture at Aalborg University, Denmark, has its focal point in a number of current and future challenges in the field of architecture. With a foundation in subjects, methods, theories and disciplines pertaining to architecture and engineering, the master programme in Architecture ensures an interdisciplinary competence profile.


The aim is to design architectural projects with a point of departure in Nordic Architecture. Fields of importance in this regard include tectonic design as well as sustainable architecture. Tectonic design integrates structural, functional and aesthetic parameters whereas sustainable architecture integrates design, aesthetic, technical, functional energy and comfort parameters in an integrated design process shaping high level low energy architecture.

It takes two years to attain a master degree in Architecture, and during this time you will meet a wide range of teachers who will present you with new knowledge in key areas.

The educational programme is internationally oriented, and attracts Danish as well as international students. Furthermore the educational programme offers the opportunity of an internship or/and an external study as well as study trips inside and outside Denmark during the semester.

Master of Science in Technology (Architecture)

The Master of Science in Technology (Architecture) programme is for students with another relevant bachelor degree than the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Architecture and Design).

It is a master’s degree programme on the same academic level as the Master of Science in Engineering programme, but based on a more varied academic student profile.

The Master of Science (MSc) in Technology (Architecture) is the most commonly sought after study programme, for the international students studying at Architecture at Aalborg University.

Traineeship & study abroad
Internship as architecture student from AAU

An internship gives you the opportunity to collaborate with a company, institution, etc. regarding your project work. Furthermore an internship enables you to use the theoretical skills you have acquired during Msc01 and Msc02 hands on.

Studying Architecture at Aalborg University in Denmark you are able to do an external study on 3rd semester.

External study as architecture student from AAU

You can also choose to do an external study at another university in Denmark or at a university outside Denmark. The courses followed at the foreign university have to be approved by the Board of Studies as an integrated part of your education at Architecture & Design (in the form of credit transfer).

Job and career

Architecture combines such skills as creativity, engineering and team work. This combination gives the student the opportunity to influence in which direction he/she wish to head.

Furthermore the education has a close connection and collaboration with companies, institutions etc., which among other things gives the student the opportunity to collaborate with and create close connections to these companies, institutions, etc. This is beneficial for the project work as well as for future carrier opportunities.

With a Master in Architecture the student will have a well-rounded set of skills. The combination of the architect’s design expertise and the engineer’s professionalism makes our candidates highly qualified to undertake a wide range of positions:

  • Private architectural companies
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research

Programme Structure

The Msc programme in Architecture at Aalborg University, Denmark is divided into four semesters running respectively from September to January and from February to June (January and June partly reserved for exams). Thus, students will typically complete the programme in 2 years.

Each semester in Architecture is sub divided into three or four course modules and one project module. All courses are conducted in English.

MSc01 - Tectonic Design & Nordic Architecture

  • Project - Tectonic Design: Structure and Construction
  • Course - Performance-Aided Design: Form, Material, Structure, Acoustics and Fabrication
  • Course - Tectonic Studies and Experimentations in Form, Structure, Materials and Details

MSc02 - Sustainable Architecture

  • Project - Sustainable Architecture
  • Course - Integrated Design of Sustainable Architecture
  • Course - Zero Energy Buildings

MSc03 - Architectural Research & Development

  • Project - Research & Development in Architectural Engineering and Design
  • Course - Construction Management
  • Course - Transfer of Knowledge from Architectural Engineering to Practice


  • Course: Construction Management
  • Academic Internship


  • Study at another university


  • Long Master’s Thesis (The Long Master’s thesis is prepared in the 3rd and 4th

MSc04 - Master's Thesis

  • Master's Thesis in Architectural Design Engineering

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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Academic Requirements

Bachelors with the following degrees are eligible for admission to the master’s programme in Architecture:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Architecture and Design) from AAU (bachelors with a legal claim for admission to a master’s programme in direct continuation of their bachelor studies)
  • Bygningsdesign (bachelor) DTU
  • Bygningsdesign (diplomingeniør) DTU
  • Bygningsteknik (diplomingeniør) SDU
  • Byggeteknologi (bachelor) DTU

Applicants with an equivalent Danish or foreign degree at a similar level may be admitted subject to individual assessment by the study board. If your bachelor degree does not qualify directly for admission to the master’s programme, the Admissions Office will forward your application for approval by the relevant study board.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12402 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12402 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.
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92,200 DKK

Living costs for Aalborg

  • 5936 - 8300 DKK/month
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