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KU Leuven

Leuven , Vlaams-Brabant ,Belgium

Master of Architecture (Brussels / Ghent)

Master of Architecture (Brussels)

The Master of Architecture combines a designerly with an academic approach. It is characterized by a fully integrated design methodology, providing students with solid skills in the contemporary discipline of architectural design and research. You will define and unfold your own academic design and research expertise within one of the two main curriculum frameworks, that are set in an international highly critical platform of design, discussion and reflection on contemporary architecture and urban design. 

What is the Master of Architecture all about?

This Brussels master's programme 'Architecture: Urban Projects, Urban Cultures' explores architecture from a research-by-design and design-by-research perspective. Students are educated and trained in a multicultural and international context. The programme combines an academic approach with a creative-experimental approach.

The Master of Architecture is organised at both of the faculty's campuses in Brussels and Ghent, though each campus offers a different orientation:

  • Sint-Lucas Brussels Campus - Architecture: Urban Projects, Urban Cultures
  • Sint-Lucas Ghent Campus - Architecture: Resilient and Sustainable Strategies


The programme consists out of a minimum of four semesters.

As from academic year 2019-2020 the programme of the Master of Architecture will change. The most recent information is available on www.arch.kuleuven.be/english/education/masterofarchitecture/programme-information-2019-2020.


The Faculty of Architecture takes its international dimension as the basis for its own quality assessment. It positions itself squarely within the international field of qualitative academic education. The faculty's international activities are extensive and diversified: student mobility and staff exchange on a European and intercontinental level, internationally oriented programmes for incoming students, international workshops and competitions, international research projects, international internships, development cooperation, etc.

The faculty continues to build on its tradition of academic integration of teaching and research to maintain and enhance its standard of quality and international standing.

The faculty works hard to consolidate and enrich its network of cooperative associations with professionals and universities all over the world and strives to leverage this international network for students' benefit. Its international dimension is a strong catalyst for creativity and an added value to students' future professional career.

In 2017-2018 the faculty started a New York hub for Research and Practice in Architecture. Based on four programmes, students, researchers, faculty staff and alumni can join on-site traineeship and internship programmes, conduct on-site research, join local academic or professional events or contribute to the on site design studios. The NY hub is actively linked to the master's dissertation design studios and electives in this programme.

Application Processing Time in Days: 35

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 02 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 7000 EUR
    Annual Cost of Living: 9000 EUR
    Application Fee: 75 EUR
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