Entry Requirements for the Master's Programme in Architecture (MArch)
To be eligible for the Master's Programme in Architecture (MArch) at the Iceland University of the Arts Department of Architecture, you must meet the listed admission requirements and submit the necessary documents in your application. We will assess your application following our standard electronic application form.
Your application is not complete without the required documents and the payment of its fee. We may verify your documents' authenticity with the issuing institution. Applications made with fraudulent documents will be rejected. Incomplete applications are not processed. Please note: It is possible to save Admission requirements while working on it. Admission requirements must be done in English and documents must be either in English or officially translated into English, and all the necessary documents must be submitted as PDF.

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor's Degree in Architecture (BArch)
BA Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (BArch) corresponding to 180 ECTS credits or equivalent. 
  • Certificates of the applicant’s completed degree(s) must be officially issued by the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office, or the equivalent office that issues official transcripts of records at the applicant’s university. 
  • Transcripts of completed courses and grades included in your degree. If you have had courses credited and/or transferred from previous studies, you must also submit official transcripts for those.
​Students in the final year of undergraduate studies are encouraged to apply and, if qualified, be conditionally admitted. In this case a student must submit an official document stating that you're a currently enrolled student and participating in your last year of studies. The document must be issued through and signed by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent.
2. Proof of English Proficiency - Attached under Other Documents in Ugla  
English language proficiency equivalent to the Icelandic upper secondary level (is. stúdentspróf). You can meet this requirement by achieving the minimum required score in the following internationally recognised English tests:
  • IELTS Academic or IELTS UKVI Online: Overall score of 6.5, no section lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition or TOEFL iBT Paper Edition: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90. We do not accept TOEFL ITP, TOEFL iBT MyBest, Institutional TOEFL, TOEFL Essentials, or the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.
  • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments: University of Michigan, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).
  • Pearson PTE Academic or PTE Academic Online: Score of 62 (writing 61).
  • Cambridge ESOL: C1 Advanced (CAE), minimum overall score 180 (points awarded since 2015), or Cambridge English certificate level C1, minimum score 180, or Cambridge English: Advanced.
3. References
Applicants must submit two references, at least one of them academic. Each reference must contain the referee’s contact information (including email address) and relevant credentials and clearly indicate how they relate to the applicant.
4. Curriculum Vitae
Applicants must submit a CV of relevant education and professional experience.
5. Cover letter 
Applicants must write no more than 300 words explaining their reasons for studying at the Iceland University of the Arts.
6. Statement
Applicants must write no more than 300 words about their objectives and expectation regarding their studies at the Iceland University of the Arts. 
7. Portfolio
Applicants must present an original portfolio that gathers prime examples of their work. The work should reflect the applicant's character, shed light on main interests, demonstrate skills and         competences, and make it accessible to comprehensively read the applicant's ability for original creation and communication of ideas. The portfolio should be designed and made by the applicant.
Please follow these instructions when crafting your portfolio:
  • Format: PDF.
  • Size: maximum size of 80 MB, no more than 20 pages. Please keep in mind that each page must be readable on a laptop screen.
  • Content: The portfolio should clearly state whether the presented projects come from education or other sources. 
In addition, please:
  • State your home university or office.
  • State during which year of the studies the project was done or the length of time.
  • Indicate if the work has been produced by the applicant alone or in collaboration.

Selection Criteria

In assessing applications, the intake committee evaluates the above six deliverables. They then conduct interviews with selected applicants, evaluating how well the respective applicant is likely to absorb the teaching and the methodology of architecture practiced at the Iceland University of the Arts.


Practical information

Opening of applications: January 9th 2024

Application deadline: April 12th 2024

Application outcome: May 2024

Application fee: 5000 ISK


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hafdis [at] lhi.is (Hafdís Harðardóttir,)

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