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Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design

Congratulations! You are admitted to the Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design at Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University. On this page you will find important information that will be useful, so please read through it carefully. If you have any questions, you can use the contact form below and we will respond promptly. We wish you a warm welcome and hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå. See you in the autumn!

How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on universityadmissions.se, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

    If you see "Reserve" next to your course or programme in the Notification of selection results, this means that you've been placed on a waiting list for that course/programme.

    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

  • 2. Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account (your Umu-id) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

    With your user account you can:

    • register for courses
    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

    I want to learn more about my user account (Umu-id)

    Exchange student or tuition fee paying student

    If you are an exchange student or tuition fee paying student, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.

    Help! It´s not working

    If you are having problems activating your account or logging in, please contact our Servicedesk. You will find answers to common questions, and can submit enquiries.

  • 3. Programme registration

    You need to be registered for the courses in the study documentation system to be able to follow the courses and to get your results recorded during the course. Online registration via Ladok is open between 26 August and 2 September. If you do not register by 2 September at the latest, you risk losing your place (seat) at the programme.

    If you suffer from an acute illness or other unforeseen event that means you cannot attend the start of the program, you must contact us as soon as possible (medical certificate required).

    Please note! To be able to sign in to Ladok and register online, you must first have activated your Umu-id account. 

    1. I want to activate my Umu-id
    2. Course registration at Ladok

    If you have problems creating your Umu ID or have forgotten your login details, you must contact IT support as soon as possible.

    IT-support and help

  • 4. Programme start

    Monday, 2 September 2024

    Time: 09:30 (AM)

    The Master's Programme starts off with an introduction meeting at 09:30 on Monday 2 September, together with the Programme Coordinator and MA Coordinator. We will meet in the Auditorium.

    Learning platform Canvas
    We use the learning platform Canvas. The course site in Canvas will be published a few days before the course starts. Please note that you must activate your user account (Umu-id) before you can log in to Canvas. Read more about how you activate your user account further down.

    I want to login to Canvas

    An overall schedule for the first weeks of the term will be published on the student web no later than 30 days before the semester starts.

    Are you unable to attend?
    If you are unable to attend the introduction meeting, please notify us by sending an e-mail to info@arch.umu.se


About the programme

  • Welcome meeting for new international students 30 August

    We want to welcome new incoming international students at Umeå School of Architecture to an information meeting as part of the Orientation

    The meeting will take place the week before the semester starts, and aims to give you information ahead of the semester about studying in Umeå, the programme structure at Umeå School of Architecture, questions about registration, and more. 

    Time: Friday 30 August, at 09:30 (AM)

    Location: Auditorium, Umeå School of Architectur

  • Vertical Workshop - Studio selection - Material for studies

    On Monday 2 September, at 13:00 (PM) we will share information about both the Vertical Workshop and the Studio Selection. It is very important to attend! 

    Location: Theatre, Umeå School of Architecture

    Vertical Workshop

    The semester starts off with a one-week joint workshop for students and teachers at the School of Architecture. Each year we explore a current issue relating to aspects of sustainability and the local context. 

    The workshop is an important part of the school's collaboration with other institutions and the surrounding community. It is also a good opportunity for students to get to know each other, the school and the city. This year's theme will be presented on the first day of the semester.

    Studio selection

    During the first week of the semester, you will select the studio you will work with during the academic year. The studio system is a teaching model that is based on students working together with a team of teachers on a specific research area in Architecture and Urban Design. The studios include students from more than one year. More information about the studios and the selection process will be available on this site before the start of the semester.

    Materials for your upcoming studies

    Tools and materials that you may need in your education will we go into more in detail by the start of the course, but it is good to bring your own pencils, scissors, ruler and sketch pads for the first days already. It can be good to know that approximately the same amount that students on other programmes are expected to spend on literature, are at the Architecture programme distributed over the semester on travelling, materials, tools and literature.

  • Welcome to Umeå School of Architecture

    We are pleased that you have decided to study at Umeå School of Architecture (UMA). We hope that you will find that you have made the right choice to gain skills for your future life! We also hope that you will enjoy your time and studies here at Umeå University!

    Umeå School of Architecture is a department of The Faculty for Science and Technology at Umeå University established in 2009. Since 2010 the school is located in its own building at Umeå Arts Campus with Umeå School of Design, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and the museum for contemporary art Bildmuseet as closest neighbours. 

    For Umeå School of Architecture, holistic, interdisciplinary and experimental approaches are perceived decisive to address the contemporary global challenges and possibilities of Architecture such as climate change, rising inequalities, environmental devastation, different geographical living conditions and migration. The lack of institutional history brings an open, curious and sensitive atmosphere that tends to amplify such approaches. Likewise, the location of Umeå School of Architecture in the local- and regional context of Umeå and Northern Sweden is, together with the school's International profile a dynamic vantage point to address global or structural issues while working firmly to engage with and learn from affected communities.

    Umeå School of Architecture has around 50 employees with an academic and professional background in almost as many different contexts and approximately 300 students from all over the world. UMA provides education in the form of a five-year Architecture Programme, a two-year Master's Programme in Architecture and Urban Design as well as some freestanding courses.


New at Umeå University

  • Checklist for admitted students

    Follow this simple list of things to complete your enrolment at Umeå University. It includes: how to secure housing, getting a residence permit (for citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland), tuition payment (if applicable), travel directions and more.

    To the checklist for admitted Students

  • The Student web

    The website for current students has all sorts of information about services, support, legal and practical matters at Umeå University. You can sign in to the learning platforms, see your schedule and course overview, get a study certificate, apply for a degree or sign up for an examination.

    Student life begins here

  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular semester, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but no later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme or course.

    If you will have student housing through the Housing Office at Umeå University you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins a few days before the start of the semester (Autumn) or the same day as the semester starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this semester.

  • Welcome Fair

    Are you a new student at Umeå University? Visit the Welcome Fair – a perfect opportunity to learn what our university and Umeå can offer. The fair normally takes place in the beginning of each semester.

    Learn more

  • Get your UmU card

    When you are on Campus Umeå, Umeå Arts Campus or Campus Örnsköldsvik, you will need a UmU card. The card has the following functions:

    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card.

    To get the card, you need to apply for it. Here’s how to apply for the UmU card.

  • Join a student union

    There are three student unions at Umeå University:

    • Umeå Student Union
    • Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
    • Umeå Medical and Health Sciences Student Union.

    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

    Become a member of a student union!

  • Access to Microsoft Office 365

    Students at Umeå University have free access to the programmes of Microsoft Office 365. This means that you have access to Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Whiteboard Forms, your student email and other services which can facilitate your studies and your collaboration with other students. To access Office 365 you need to activate your UmU-id. 

    Learn more about Office 365 and how to install it on your computer



Contact us

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