Architecture in Urban Context

The Master’s programme in Architecture in Urban Context will introduce you to the Danish tradition of holistic, social architecture with an emphasis on field work, self-study and scale-gliding.

The Master, Architecture in Urban Context is conducted at the Departement of Town and Building at the Royal Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

The Department of Town and Building operates with the notion that thinking and making takes place simultaneously. In this way the architectural scope (programming), analytical proposals and designs are created in an alternation between production and reflection.

A central concept in the department’s work is ‘scale-sliding’ according to which ar­chitectural conditions and proposals are studied by developing projects on various scales in simultane­ous projects. Working between scales related to the body and scales related to the city is a fundamental part of the department’s aim to create architecture within an urban context.

Name: Architecture in Urban Context

Type: University Programme

Duration: 2 years

European transfer credits: 120 ECTS

Language: English

First year’s syllabus focuses on experimentation where making is essential. Experiments may involve designs, which are developed based on individual thematic or programmatic interests.

During the second year, thinking and reflection take a higher priority as research oriented knowledge serves as a basis for the students’ diploma programmes and projects.

Well-known and classical drawing is used as part of the programme, but where needed the programme does not deter the invention of suitable drawing media that allow for the idea to transform into physical form.
To a considerable extent, development of projects unfold in the school’s workshop.

Each year, the department travels to a carefully chosen city abroad. Participation is obligatory as it is an essential element of the master’s programme. The fieldwork provides basic site specific information, forming a point of departure of the individual programming/scope.

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)

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For Further Information

You may find a list of courses taught in Danish at the Danish Ministry of Education website

You can find information on practical issues related to your study visit in Denmark with Danish Agency for International Education: