Umea University
School of Architecture
Umea, Sweden
Umea University
School of Architecture
Arts Campus


N 63° 49' 16.33'', E 63° 49' 16.33''

t: +46 90 786 50 00
f: +46 90 786 66 97

Degree programmes
Master of Science
Master of advanced Studies
Faculty profile

we have a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. As one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation, we are alive with enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas. We constantly strive towards being one of Scandinavia and Europe's best environments for education, research and community engagement that meets the challenges of an ever-increasing global society.

At Umeå School of Architecture you will work in a studio, and teachers and tutors will offer you individual guidance in your work. Projects will be developed though dialogue – theoretically, conceptually and practically in workshops and laboratories. Lectures and workshops are integrated with project assignments developed in groups as well as individually. As a student you will learn how to work with various methods, scales, materials and ways of communication. Some projects will offer the opportunity to cooperate with students in related educational programmes. This could include Structural Engineering, Environmental Science and Social and Economic Geography as well as the other educations available at the Arts Campus; Industrial Design and Fine Arts.

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university.


Housing Guarantee for exchange students and tuition-paying students from outside the EU/EEA. The International Housing Office (IHO) offers guaranteed student housing to exchange students and full-degree students that are citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

Admission Requirements

Admittance to the Bachelor’s Programme will demand eligibility in Swedish or other Scandinavian language. Please go to

The Master’s Programme will accept students from any country. The entry qualifications will be BA degree in Architecture or equivalent, and general eligibility in English. Application to all the Master Programmes will be based on portfolio work.

Tuition fees

Exchange Students - Students attending as part of an exchange agreement are not required to pay fees. If you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Students with citizenship in a country outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will be required to pay a one-time SEK 900 (Swedish kronor) application fee.

Master of Science, Labratory for Sustainable Architectural Production, 4 terms, Master, 120,
Master of Science, Laboratory for Immediate Architectural Intervention, 4 terms, Master, 120,
Master of advanced Studies, Doctoral Study, 6 terms, Master, 180,

Umeå School of Architecture offers a 300 credit Architectural programme, enrolling 60 students yearly. The education leads to an Architectural Degree, with the possibility of a Bachelor’s Degree after three years of study, and the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree upon the completion of the two final years of study. The Master’s programme will be held in English and is open to international students.

Throughout the Bachelor’s programme, basic courses in Architectural history, Architectural theory, Technology, Urban planning and Architectural synthesis will be given. Focus lies on providing students with a wide understanding of the subject architecture, the necessary practical tools and implements for analysis, conceptual sketch and composition skills, and a wide range of technical knowledge.The two final years of the education offers the students a possibility to choose a subject orientation in order to immerse themselves in the development of a professional identity, finding their way to a basis for future research and practice. The School of Architecture gives high priority to educational trips and exchange programmes. To encounter different contexts and cultures, and to experience new buildings and situations will help our students formulate their aesthetic values.

The idea of the Masters programme is to explore sustainable architecture through investigations of building structures focusing on different urban contexts. The programme will explore architectural spaces with regard to density, texture and spatial qualities while minimizing the impact on our environment. The retrofitting of existing environments will also be emphasized in the laboratory for sustainable architectural production. Collaboration with industry on developing new building materials and innovative sustainable strategies will be a central part of the programme which is founded on a theoretical knowledge of sustainable architecture. Study language is English.

A central strategy of the Master’s Programme will be the development and appraisal of a theory for sustainable architecture. This will be investigated through the development of new building structures on an urban scale, including the retrofitting of existing environments. We intend to collaborate with industries in developing new building materials and innovative sustainable strategies for building construction. The goal is to provide high quality architectural space while minimizing the impact on the environment. The Master’s course will focus on the creation of architectural space with regard to density, texture and spatial quality. A knowledge of sustainable building technologies and improved building processes will be important.

Doctoral studies involves four years of full-time study, which includes a number of courses and a thesis. Besides acquiring in-depth knowledge of a field of study, you will also cultivate your critical and analytical thinking. During your studies you get to solve problems independently as you prepare for a professional career within academia, business or the public sector.

To be accepted as a doctoral student you are required:to fulfil the entrance qualifications for the subject in question, orto show that you have other abilities that are necessary to complete the education