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Architecture M.Arch

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The two-year (120 ECTS credits) accredited professional master’s in architecture (MArch) at the Iceland University of the Arts is devoted to exploring of the meaning and scope of architecture and the multiple societal roles of architects. 

  • Opnað fyrir umsóknir

    9. janúar 2024

  • Umsóknarfrestur

    12. apríl 2024

  • Umsóknum svarað

    Maí / júní 2023

  • Skrásetningargjald

    Skoða nánar

  • Nafn námsleiðar

    Architecture M.Arch

  • Nafn gráðu


  • Einingar

    120 ETC

  • Lengd náms

    4 annir – 2 ár

Upplýsingar um nám eru á ensku hjá námsleiðum þar sem kennslutungumál er enska.

About the study

Architecture is a composite discipline committed to exploring, understanding and designing the relationships between humans and their environment. This requires a holistic action-oriented type of education capable of providing students with the pertinent knowledge, skills, and behaviours necessary to operate as architects. Architectural education is taught as a multidimensional project dedicated to the development of: 

  • Critical thinking (the ability to question everything) 
  • Awareness (the ability to understand what you see) 
  • Self-reflection (the ability to assess the impact of your design work on others) 
  • Imagination (the ability to conceive and represent what is not there yet) and  
  • Action (the ability to pursue your ideas beyond the school’s limits). 

We use Iceland as a unique laboratory for design exploration and for building a strong community of teachers and students in architecture who explore together the wondrous possibilities that the field of architectural research can generate.  

Course structure

The design studio is the backbone of architectural education, this is a dedicated space from which students conduct architectural research both individually and in teams. Each design studio lasts 15 weeks and leads to 30 ECTS. Each design studio is led by a distinguished local/international practitioner/s, who organizes, in dialogue with the faculty, an engaging, stimulating, and critical learning environment. Through the different stages of the programme, students will complete four design studio projects. The last design studio leads to the MArch Final Thesis which is an independent student-driven design work presented publicly and assessed by an external jury. Through the MArch, students are given the opportunity to show that they have acquired the knowledge, skills, traits, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for becoming ethical practitioners able to use the design process as a collaborative project aimed at living together harmoniously.   

After graduation

Graduates from the MArch can use their architectural education in multiple ways as building/urban designers in private architectural firms and the public sector, and in other sectors where creativity and care are strongly required. Graduates can also continue their education by enrolling in PhD studies. 

Application Process

IUA employs a standard electronic application form.
The application process is in two steps, first submit the application and then pay the application fee. Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.

Opnað fyrir umsóknir

9. janúar 2024


12. apríl 2024

Umsóknum svarað

Maí / júní 2023


Skoða nánar

The Application

An application is not valid until the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee. Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • 1. Certified copy of degree certificate(s) and programme / course transcript(s) (PDF)


    Applicants should submit a detailed record of higher education up to the present, including programmes of study taken and grades achieved. This may be submitted in Icelandic or English.

  • 2. References from two referees (PDF)

    Applicants must submit references from two referees, at least one academic reference. Each reference should not exceed one page. The references may be submitted in Icelandic or English.
    Applicants add two referees (names and emails) in the application form. When applicants have submitted the application, the referees will receive an email from the IUA asking them to submit a reference for the applicant.
    Applicants will receive a confirmation when the referees have submitted the reference.
  • 3. Statement (PDF)


    Applicants for the Master of Architecture must write a short explanation about their decision to apply for this specific programme, and this place, Iceland, and how they see the programme’s emphasis tie in with their aims towards a future professional role as architects. The Statement should be written in English.

  • 4. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


    Applicants must submit a CV of relevant education and professional experience, language proficiency, and general information about the applicant. The CV should be written in English.

  • 5. Portfolio of works (PDF/URL)


    Applicants for the Master of Architecture must gather prime examples of their work into a digital portfolio, which they submit with their formal application. This can include a PDF document or links to external websites, videos, audio, images etc. The submitted work should reflect the applicant’s character, shed light on main interests, demonstrate skills and competencies, and make it accessible to comprehensively read the applicant’s ability for original creation and communication of ideas.

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