Architecture - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
The world is rapidly changing, thus offering new challenges for architecture. Environmental issues, new urban trade patterns, segregation, housing shortage and other societal matters affect why and how we build. The future-focused nature of this programme will make you especially attractive on the job market, by preparing you to be an architect capable of finding innovative ways of approaching the projects of tomorrow!
Lund University, located in the dynamic Copenhagen–Malmö region, is well known for its competence and knowledge, and offers superb resources for studying these matters in a broader context. The programme combines architectonic and theoretical design methods, and best practice with advanced research, thus encouraging critical thoughts and the students to become highly skilled professionals competitive at an international level.
Teaching contains both theoretical and hands-on projects aiming to find future-focused solutions to real-world issues. The programme features international collaboration as well as locally active professionals. The process of working/learning consists of a mixture of workshops, critiques, tutorials with invited guests –both international and local - and in-depth design projects to be exhibited to a public audience.
The objectives of the Master’s programme in Architecture are
- to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to design complex and articulated architecture where a sensitive integration of materiality, structure and spatial order comes together to create meaningful spaces for collective and individual life.
- to train students in architectural design as a method for thinking and understanding, where architecture can act as a critical driving force, addressing social, economic, ecological, and cultural perspectives.
In semester 1 and 2, student’s study as a group in the common Advanced Architectural Design cluster. The mandatory cluster consist of a design studio course combined with an aligned theory course (15+7.5 credits). Additionally for semester 1, the course Materials and Details I (7.5 credits) is studied and for semester 2, an elective mandatory course (7.5 credits).
In semester 3, students choose between five different clusters, all based on a design studio course aligned with a corresponding theory course (15+7.5 credits). The five tracks are; Dwelling and Space, Urban Shelter, Cultural Heritage Building, Urban Dynamics or Spatial Experiments I. Additionally, for semester 3, students also study one elective mandatory course (7.5 credits).
The elective mandatory courses in the programme include two preparatory research courses of which at least one must be studied during either the second or the third semester. These courses are Architecture as Temporal Landscapes and Performing Theories (7.5 credits each).
Semester 4 is devoted to the degree project (30 credits).
Study trips (optional, participation on own expense), lectures, surveys, workshops, studies on site, inventories, seminars etc. are integrated pedagogical tools in the programme. Study trip destinations may vary from year to year and may be subject to cancellation/alteration due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as natural disasters, pandemics and/or visa denial.
After graduating from the programme, you will have the required skills to practice as an architect on a global market. You will be up to date in terms of theory, practice and tools at an advanced level. Your competence will enable you to engage professionally both on a private and public level. During your studies, you will have the opportunity to meet practitioners from the local and regional scene, both to present your own work in reviews and exhibitions and to get to know their work and culture through lectures and study visits. Our alumni often go on to jobs and internships both in the region, particularly Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm, and internationally.
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Programme overview for this Master's
See the programme overview for Architecture on the Faculty of Engineering’s website.
There is a preparation programme available for our architecture and engineering Master's degrees
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Email: msc [dot] arch [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Email: msc [dot] arch [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A Bachelor’s degree in architecture. 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:
Start Autumn Semester 2023
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
28 August 2023 - 8 June 2025
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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.
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- 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 of expected graduation (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.
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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 450 000
First payment: SEK 112 500
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
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*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.