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Political Architecture: Critical Sustainability

Master (2 years) of Architecture, 120 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts

Institution The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Campus Copenhagen
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The master programme is designed to promote an architectural practice which critically explores the political issues that dominate in the fields of architecture and planning. Throughout the course, the main subject will be the near to omnipresent notion of sustainability. A catchphrase, a motto, a concern for survival, and an opportunity – sustainability is arguably today a designers’ dogma and creed.

You will be exposed to various integrated courses where scholarly work is weaved into traditional architectural exercises. Academic skills are acquired with a number of intense classes and will be integrated into the production of architectural projects. Throughout the programme, your work develops in a process of drawing-writing-thinking - each being as important as the other. You will learn to master co-evolutionary processes of architectural conception through a unique method that integrates academic and architectural modes of production. Upon completed studies, you will be well on the way to producing peer-reviewed academic articles as well as unique architectural propositions.

Career Opportunities

For more information on career paths, please contact The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

School of Architecture : Tel. +45 4170 1500,  E-mail:   

About the Degree

Prospective students should be aware that each year of study is devoted to a particular city, predominantly located in the global south. For the 2014-15 academic year, the city of choice is Chittagong, Bangladesh. This means that a 2 to 3-week mandatory tour is part of the programme. This tour usually takes place in October-November and forms a common point of reference for the remaining academic year. All expenses are covered by the student, and therefore travel and group accommodation costs are kept as low as possible.


Applicants with a bachelor degree in architecture or architectural studies from a nationally recognised school of architecture are eligible for admission.

In addition, there is a minimum English language requirement for admission. In 2015-16 the requirements are: TOEFL (paper-based) score 575, TOEFL (internet-based) score 90, IELTS score 6.5. 

Prospective students should also be aware  that language skills are expected at a level where you are able to read academic literature and engage freely in conversations in English.

For more information about admission, see here.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

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You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System   


Application date
Feb 27
Start date
Sep 01


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