Digital Architecture and Emergent Futures - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Do you want to study a programme at the intersection of architectural practice and research? Apply for the Master's Programme in Digital Architecture and Emergent Futures!
This programme trains future architects to become leaders of a construction industry capable of transformative and sustainable change. The Master's Programme in Digital Architecture and Emergent Futures is part of an emerging community of computational designers and is taught in close collaboration with the bioDigital Matter research group and the centre for construction robotics at Lund University. The programme seeks to equip future architects with insights and skills that allow them to take part in shaping a new future: to become designers, creators and changemakers. Trends in technology and culture alike are leading to rapid societal change, and complex patterns and relationships are an increasingly important aspect of professional life.
In this programme, students are trained to become transdisciplinary professionals that can uncover and engage complexity in the build environment and beyond.
The studies in Digital Architecture and Emergent Futures focus on emerging digital design processes that empower designers and are set to change the profession in profound ways. Students learn tools such as programming and parametric modelling and engage with digital fabrication methods including 3D printing and robotics. Through a multidisciplinary approach and research-by-design methodologies, the programme teaches, explores, and develops how to use such tools to become a responsible, proactive and accomplished architect.
Semester 1: Spatial Experiments I (15 credits), Spatial Experiments I, Theory (7.5), Creative Tools of Architecture (7.5)
Semester 2: Spatial Experiments II (15), Spatial Experiments II, Theory (7.5), Programming for Architects (7.5)
Semester 3: Computational Design Studio I + II (7.5 + 7.5), Digital Theory (7.5), Applied Robotics for Architects (7.5)
Semester 4: Master Degree Project (30)
Observe that the programme is completely mandatory with no electives available.
More information of each course at the Faculty of Engineering website
Study trips, lectures, surveys, workshops, studies on site, in-ventories, seminars etc. are integrated pedagogical tool in the programme. The trips are optional, and all students participate at their own expense. Students who cannot participate will be given alternative assignments. Study trips and destinations may vary from year to year; an example of a previous destination is Marocco. Study trips may be subject to cancellation/alteration due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as natural disasters, pandemics and/or visa denial
After completion of the Master's programme in Digital Architecture and Emergent Futures, students will be ready to work as architects. Students gain the skills to work with architectural design, using their knowledge in computational tools to work with tasks typical of the profession. In addition, alumni will have the expertise to work as specialist in computational design at architectural practices and elsewhere. The programme’s emphasis in interdisciplinarity and innovation opens possibilities for students to work in many types of organisations, in Sweden or globally. Furthermore, students will be equipped to continue to doctoral studies at research centres across the world, with a solid footing in computation, writing and research by design.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 16 October to 15 January.
Email: msc [dot] digarch [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Email: msc [dot] digarch [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A Bachelor’s degree in architecture or equivalent. A digital portfolio of the applicant’s own work in the field that clearly proves that the applicant has good potential to benefit from the programme. English 6.
The selection is based on the submitted portfolio and on a statement of purpose. Portfolio instructions.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
* Svensk student?
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In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a portfolio file including a portfolio summary page, a statement of purpose and a CV when you apply to this programme. Letters of recommendation are not requested for this programme and will not be considered.
Please note that the portfolio-file must be submitted directly to Lund University (do not upload the file to University Admissions in Sweden).
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 490 000
First payment: SEK 122 500
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.