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Design in Architectural Contexts

The Master’s Programme in design is based on Scandinavian design tradition and methodology, with an emphasis on design within a spatial context. The programme approaches architecture as the art of giving shape to our physical environment with a sense of social and global responsibility

The programme will explore the design of the overall landscape, urban planning and building design, ranging from the macro level of how a building integrates with its surrounding landscape, to a micro level of architecture, small constructions, furniture, graphics, lighting etc.

Focus is directed onto the potential tension field between the design related object and the architectural whole, and between design processes and the work.

The programme emphasizes collaboration with other educational programmes and corporate partners.

Name: Architecture in Urban Context

Type: University Programme

Duration: 2 years

European transfer credits: 120 ECTS

Language: English

During the 2-year Master’s programme, the student will train to become an architect within the specialty field of Design in Architectural Contexts.

The Master’s programme is offered by Department 11 (1:1), the design programme at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture and is laid out as three mandatory semesters centering on  the main spaces of architecture: Landscape, city and dwelling.

The semesters  encompass course and project phases, as well as an independent final examination project of a total of 120 ects points.

The programme has the following components:

  • First semester: Mega design - design elements in landscape

  • Second semester: Furniture 1:1

  • Third semester: Design in urban space

  • Fourth semester: Self-programming – Master’s project in the field of architectural design

The project work phase puts equal focus on process and proposal-making. Thus, the department offers courses in programme-writing, academic and architectural, hands-on methods and analysis tools, project development and communication in conjunction with project counseling at the drawing tables.

In order to ensure the anchoring of the design component, the Master’s programme also includes courses in design theory and design history, among others, as well as other design specific, tool-based disciplines.

Entry Requirements

Students with a Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) from a state-recognised Danish or foreign school of architecture may apply for admission. Foreign students are eligible for admission if their qualifications are assessed as being comparable to the Danish entrance qualifications. 

Contact the educational institution you wish to apply to for detailed information on entry requirements and required English proficiency levels.

To find out how you can get your foreign certificate assessed for recognition here in Denmark, see the Danish Agency for International Education .


The application deadline for MA programmes varies according to the educational institution. Contact the individual institution for further information regarding its application deadline and forms.

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students, unless you are a student from a Nordic or EU country, or from Liechtenstein.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

Contact the individual institution for more specific information.

Semester Start

An academic year is made up of two semesters, which begin around September 1 and February 1.

Educational Institutions

You can study Architecture in Urban Context  in Copenhagen (Royal Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture)

Royal Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

At the Royal Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture,  the Master Programme in Architecture in Urban Context  can be studied as a:

  • 2-year MA degree programme (120 ECTS)

Read more about the programme at  or contact the school:

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts,
School of Architecture

Philip de Langes Allé 10
DK-1435 Kbh. K
+45 3268 6000

For Further Information

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