Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture
Műegyetem rkp. 3. K. Bldg. 1. fl. 23.
N 47° 30' 21.85'', E 47° 30' 21.85''
Vice-Dean for International Education
t: +36 1 463 3521
Integrated Master: Hungarian and English
Master: Hungarian and English
PhD: Hungarian and English
DLA: Hungarian and English
The legal predecessor to the Faculty of Architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) started educating architect-engineers in 1873 – thus making it the first in Hungary, and it remains the only Hungarian school where architects were trained until the 1990s. The traditional Hungarian architectural education system is essentially based upon a duality of technical and art subjects defining the balance between these two interconnected sides. The M.Sc Degree in Architecture and Engineering of BME is recognized by the FEANI (the European Federation of National Engineering Associations) and this special duality of education distinguishes the BME architect degree from other forms in the academic world. The works of the architects lecturing at our Faculty are of significant importance in contemporary Hungarian architecture. Among our professors there are members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Arts as well as Kossuth and Ybl prize holders.
The Faculty of Architecture is located in the BME campus, in the city center of Budapest, on the Danube riverbank.
1595 students (260 Bachelor, 1300 Master, 35 PhD), 15% of foreign students.
320 staff members (140 full-time and approx. 180 visiting lecturers and critics).
Student association (HK), Student’s Union, Workshops, BME Architecture Club.
CAD - Lab
Only private accommodation. Please contact school for more information.
Graduate Programmes: Placement tests in Mathematics, Physics and English and Freehand Drawing for Architecture students.
Graduate Tuition Fees, leading to M.Sc. degree in Architecture: EUR 2,850,- / semester (For EU citizens), EUR 3,200,- / semester (For non-EU citizens)
Postgraduate Tuition Fees, leading to PhD or DLA degree: EUR 4,500,- / semester
Graduate Programmes: 1st April - 1st July & 1st October- 1st December
Postgraduate Programmes: in May
Integrated Master, 5-Year Integrated Master of Architecture Program (MSc), 5 years, Hungarian and English, 300,
Master, Master of Architecture Program (MSc), 2 years, Hungarian and English, 120,
PhD, Doctoral Studies PhD (Csonka Pál Graduate School), 4 years, Hungarian and English,
DLA, Doctoral Studies DLA (Doctoral School of Architecture), 4 years, Hungarian and English,
The new educational system of the Faculty of Architecture at BME began in 2006. Since this year two types of education have existed side by side: the 5-year Integrated Master and the two-level, 3,5+2 year education according to the Bologna Statement. Nevertheless, curriculum is the same in the first 5 semesters and after it students are specialised. The curriculum officially maintains a balance between technical and artistic fields by utilizing a division: one half remains technical (maths, construction, statics, structure, building service engineering, etc.,) while the other half is made up of artistic subjects (design studios, history and theory of architecture, drawing, presentation techniques, etc.). Although, in reality, it is impossible to separate these components, the focus is always architecture. In line with architectural education in Hungarian, the faculty holds complete courses in English for foreign students.
The purpose of the 3,5-year Bachelor Programme is that students acquire their basic knowledge and skills. The education has to provide a base for understand architectural complexity, allowing an interface between import different areas of knowledge. The curriculum starts with introductory courses to technical and artistic subjects. Besides groundwork-type technical (maths, statics, geometry descriptive, construction) and theoretical subjects (history of architecture, design theory) students deal with compositional and architectural tasks in design studios. The final part of the B.Sc. offers a more elective programme oriented at orientating the student to one of the specialized Master programmes.
Integrated Master Programme
The Faculty maintains the traditional 10-semester Integrated Master Programme that follows two-third of the students. After the 5th semester there is a strict intermediate exam system and after it number students can continue the architectural studies in two directions. On the one hand it is possible to focus on urban and architectural design, one the other hand they can learn the technical part of architecture in advanced level. However the curriculum is differentiated in the second half but of studies the degree is the same: M.Sc. in Architecture and Engineering.
There are 4 specialisations in the 2-year Master Programmes: Real-Estate Development and Facility Management, Architectural and Interior Design, Urban Design and Structural Design. A Bachelor Degree in Architecture and Engineering is the base for entry, but every programme has special additional admission requirements can be needed if students choose to apply for a Master programme. Each specialisation offers a compulsory programme with some electives culminating in a final project.
PhD and DLA Programmes
At the Faculty of Architecture in BME there are two different 4-year Doctoral Programmes, the PhD and the DLA. Fields of education at scientific (granting a PhD, i.e. a Doctor of Philosophy Degree) and artistic (granting a DLA, i.e. a Doctor of Liberal Arts Degree) doctoral schools are dissimilar. The curriculum of a scientific doctoral school is generally centred around scientific research with technical (construction, structure, maths, informatics) and architectural topics (project theory and project methodology research based on historic and contemporary architectural design). The DLA therefore focuses on architectural creation. Nevertheless this creative work is supported and complemented mostly by research by design that can only be defined in context of design process. The educational intent of the BME Doctoral Schools of Architecture is dual. On the one hand, they train professionals to fulfil their calling on the highest level, and on the other hand they school a supply of teachers of architecture in higher education.
Research at the Faculty of Architecture is a long-standing tradition. Currently undertaking its main research program, funded by the EU, that focuses on Sustainable Development. Researchers at the Faculty also engage in research projects of fundamental sciences supported by the Hungarian National Scientific Research Fund. In addition the Faculty encourages its students to actively participate in scientific and research activities that will prepare them to do independent work in engineering and in architecture after graduation. Students Scientific Groups provide an opportunity for students to pursue scientific activity and to achieve national and international recognition as early as possible in their careers.