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Architecture - Master's Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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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!

The Master's Programme in Architecture 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 and 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 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 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.

Programme modules/courses

Semester 1 - Advanced Architectural Design I (15 credits), Advanced Architectural Design I Theory (7.5), Architecture in Material and Detail (7.5)
Semester 2 - Advanced Architectural Design II (15) and Integrated Design: Architectural Design – Structural Design (7.5). In addition, one mandatory-elective: Architecture as Temporal Landscape (7.5), The Creative Tools of Architecture I (7.5), Climate Smart Architecture and Urban Design (7.5) or Architecture in Material and Detail II (7.5)
Semester 3
Track 1 – Dwelling and Space (15) + Dwelling and Space, theory (7.5)
Track 2 – Urban Shelter (15) + Urban Shelter, theory (7.5)
Track 3 – Cultural Heritage Buildings (15) + Cultural Heritage Buildings, theory (7.5)
Track 4 – Sustainable Urban Dynamics (15) + Urban Dynamics theory (7.5)
Track 5 – Spatial Experiments (15) + Spatial Experiments, theory (7.5)
One mandatory-elective: Performing Theories (7.5), Human Environment Frames - Building Scale/Urban Scale (7.5) or Urban Process (7.5)
Semester 4 - Degree project in Architecture (30)

Studies on site are combined with study trips. The trips are optional and students participate at own expense. Students who cannot participate will be given alternative assignments. Study trips and destinations may vary from year to year; examples are Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. A trip may be subject to cancellation/alteration due to unforeseeable circumstances as force majoure or visa denial.

Detailed programme overview and course content

Career prospects

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. 

Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Programme Director

Maria Rasmussen

Email: msc [dot] arch [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

International Coordinator

Lykke Jacobson

Email: msc [dot] arch [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

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.

Selection criteria

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.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026


Closed for applications

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.

When to apply for studies

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
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  • 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. 

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Programme-specific documents

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. 

Detailed instructions on the portfolio and submission

Please note that the portfolio-file must be submitted directly to Lund University (do not upload the file to University Admissions in Sweden).

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 490 000

First payment: SEK 122 500

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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.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

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.

*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.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

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.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations

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