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Master’s Programme in Architecture, Master of Science (Architecture) (2 years)

  • Northernmost architect school in the world
  • Design-oriented study programme
  • Leads to an EU-notified professional architect’s degree

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The international Master’s degree programme in Architecture is a two-year design-oriented study programme. Designing for the Nordic environment presents unique challenges and unique skills for students in the programme. The courses are taught by professionals with wide range expertise in the field of architecture and urban design. Professors of the school are internationally recognized architects who are actively involved in the profession and architectural debate both in Finland and internationally.

The study programme provides students with skills, knowledge and advanced tools in:

  • design of urban areas and spaces
  • public building design
  • detailing of buildings and urban structures
  • use of Nordic building materials (e.g. wood)
  • architectural lighting
  • interior design
  • research and theory of architecture
  • academic writing
  • team work and presentation

Courses are organized as semester-long integrated studio projects, ranging from larger scale urban design tasks to designing of public buildings, as well as detailing of buildings and urban structures:

  • Design-led Urban Renewal
  • Design of Public Buildings
  • Advanced Architectural Design
  • Thesis project

Studies are carried out both individually and in multicultural teams in an international working environment. Varying courses and additional study options give possibilities to integrate student competitions or workshops in the student’s individual study plan.

Nordic nature, climate and light circumstances offer a living laboratory for lighting experiments in 1:1 scale. Conditions vary significantly with different seasons, which have very strong characteristics. This means unique requirements for the design, materials and sustainability. Climate change affects the lives of humans all over the world and it is a palpable force in the north and the Arctic, which brings its own challenges to designing for sustainable living.

The School of Architecture has recently become a part of the university’s main campus in Linnanmaa campus with tailored and newly renovated premises. The studies take advantage of cutting-edge technologies and digitalization. The school has its own computer labs for architecture students and workshops for professional model making. In Fab Lab Oulu the university provides common facilities, tools and instruction for digital fabrication and 2D and 3D laser cutting.

The School has a very strong identity inside the University and is known for its sense of community. Communication with the students and faculty is very straightforward and non-hierarchical.

The degree awarded is an architect’s professional degree, providing the right to practice the architect’s profession in Finland and the European Union according to the national laws and decrees. The Oulu School of Architecture is a very practice-oriented teaching institution, which makes for graduates that turn into sought-after recruits for the field of architecture and design.

Career prospects:

After graduation the students are eligible to carry on to doctoral studies at the University of Oulu. Most architects work as building designers and urban designers. Additional career options for an architect may be:


  • entrepreneur
  • expert
  • teacher
  • researcher
  • concept designer
  • visualizer



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