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Master of Arts Programme in Sustainable Architecture Production, 120 Credits

About the programme

This master programme explores sustainable architecture in a holistic way including cultural, social and economic sustainability. We investigate and design urban environments and contextual building structures. Architectural space and the reprogramming of existing buildings and environments in terms of density, use, texture and spatial qualities are the main focuses of investigations. The development of new constructions in cooperation with industry and the development of innovative strategies of sustainability are important part of the education programs and supplement a theoretical basis.

Study language is English.

Application is made in two steps.
Step 1: through the national online application service
Step 2: Portfolio sent to Umeå Institute of Design. More information about application and portfolio can be found at

Level of education: Continuation programme Application and eligibility Programme syllabus

Career Opportunities

Given the fact that architecture is an international discipline the career as an architect is borderless. There is a need for knowledgde about sustainable architectural strategies in various places in the world. As an architect educated at UMA you will have skills to work with organizations, local companies and industries in various cultures.

This will be in terms of:
* scientific skills to be capable to make analysis of the need and develop the program for solutions.

* theoretical skills to establish critical analysis and develop coherent sustainable concepts for the design projects needed.

* artistic and innovative skills to be capable to make architectural design to support or generate strategies and solutions.

* communicative competences (graphic, digital, oral and writing) to be able to develop dialogues with users, contractors, organizations, specialists etc.

Application and eligibility


Contact Information

Faculty of Science and Technology

Carl-Johan Vesterlund, programme co-ordinator

Tel: +46(0)90-786 50 00

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Tuition fees and scholarships

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at undergraduate and advanced level.
For most degree programmes rates are SEK 90,000–135,000 per year. Programmes in architecture, design, and fine arts range from SEK 270,000 to SEK 330,000 per year.

Umeå University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA.

The Swedish Institute administers numerous scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden.