Creative thinking and problem solving
Our programme provides you with a broad understanding of the fundamentals of architecture on which to build your expertise. At the same time, we are strongly oriented towards the themes of sustainable architecture through a humanistic, all-inclusive and holistic approach. The programme equips you with in-depth knowledge of the cultural and practice-related considerations concerning the field. Our design tasks are rooted in reality and you will develop your creative, reflective and critical thinking and design skills in close dialogue with professors, assistants and fellow students in a proactive environment. Personal initiative, original ideas and imagination are encouraged and supported.
The quality of education, combined with Finnish expertise in the design field, is internationally recognized and provides an excellent foundation for working anywhere in the world. The School of Architecture enjoys an outstanding reputation and attracts students from all over the world. The contents and objectives of the degree programme are based on the requirements of the European Union’s directive that governs the qualifications of architects. The degree confers eligibility to work as an architect in Finland, the EU and other countries abroad, although access to the profession may entail training, an internship or an examination, depending on local regulations.
The first year of our programme equips you with a broad general understanding in the fundamentals of architecture on master’s level. While orienting towards sustainable architecture, the courses cover the profession’s major fields of architectural design (including public building design and housing design), management of built heritage and urban planning and design.
The second year focuses on architectural design with two major intensive courses in the autumn, as well as on preparing the master’s thesis during the spring semester.
Architectural studies in our programme are mostly about learning by doing. In design studios, assignments are rooted in real-life situations. Excursions and architectural student competitions provide variety. Students learn by sharing and exchanging ideas with fellow students in group sessions. Design project results are reviewed in sessions where the students present their work and explain their approach to the assignment and the ideas underlying their solutions.
Thanks to its relatively small size and large proportion of international students, the environment at the School of Architecture is familiar and multicultural. Our staff and students make up a close-knit community that supports teaching and learning. The quality of teaching is high, as instruction is provided by faculty members who are also pursuing research and are internationally recognised for their prestigious accomplishments as professional architects. This ensures access to the most up-to-date knowledge and creates an inspirational learning environment.
The majority of professional architects in Finland work in architecture firms or as private entrepreneurs, but also the public sector is a significant employer. Traditionally architects in Finland have mainly worked in architectural design. The scope of the profession has since expanded considerably to also include, for example, environmental issues, real estate management, education and research, and the culture sector. The focus of design tasks has shifted from new construction to the multiple challenges of renovation. More and more architects are working as urban planners, as experts employed by companies, the government, institutions and organisations, or in education and research. The Master’s Degree Programme in Architecture prepares future architects to pursue a wide range of career opportunities.
Eligibility criteria in the Master’s degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University’s general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students in Tampere University.
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have
- Bachelor’s degree – nationally recognized first cycle degree
- which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
- from relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
- from an accredited institution of higher education
- AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes. For more information, please see Language requirements.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
Applicants in their final final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2020. In this case, they may be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor’s degree.
Applicants with a Master’s degree may be admitted only well-founded reasons and only if they are able to show that the new degree at Tampere University provides the applicant with significant new knowledge and skills.
Programme specific eligibility criteria
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master’s programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Sustainable Architecture the previous degree has to be in the field of Architecture.
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