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PROFESSIONAL MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMME "ARCHITECTURE" / postgraduate

The RISEBA University established 2 years long professional MA programme in Architecture (120 ECTS) as a follow-up to the existing 7 semesters long BA programme (210 ECTS) in Architecture. The total length of the Architecture studies at the RISEBA (Bachelor + Master) will shape the volume of 330 ECTS or 5,5 full-time study years thus meeting the general requirements of the EU standards for Architects profession.

The graduates of the professional postgraduate programme "Architecture" will be eligible to obtain architect's certificate and begin professional practice in accordance with the certification requirements for the architects of the Republic of Latvia. MA programme “Architecture” is designed to provide students with the professional postgraduate level education and practical experience of a high quality in architecture and urban planning, as well as deep theoretical knowledge in architecture and urban planning science, which would be beneficial for correspondent scientific field and grow Latvian intellectual potential in accordance with European Union standards and priorities due to ongoing process of globalization.

The institutional vision of the RISEBA University is to establish the study environment where business meets arts. The Architecture programme at RISEBA University is considered as a creative direction of the studies.

The main study cores of the MA programme are as follows:

  • architecture, urban planning and sustainability;
  • entrepreneurship, project management and law studies;
  • BIM – building information modeling studies;
  • optional studies related to the creative industries and arts;
  • study practice in the local or international architecture firms or municipal institutions.

The list of the study courses – download here.

The fundamental concept of the programme is the continuous development of the Master’s thesis during the whole study process. This factor allows concluding that the study process will provide an individual approach to every student’s interests. The content of the Bachelor’s programme at RISEBA University covers the major part of the knowledge, skills, and competencies ascribed to the Architects profession allowing to establish the Master's programme as a cycle of specialization studies – the concept of urban planning seems very reasonable. The programme reflects the needs of contemporary developments (including technological resources and systems) and marks the programme potentially interesting for educational & professional partnership in the future.

The academic staff involved in the programme: guest lecturer, architect Dirk Jan Postel (Netherlands), RISEBA Honorary professor, architect Andris Kronbergs, architect, assistant professor Ilze Paklone, social anthropologist, guest lecturer Viesturs Celmiņš, urban planner and architect, guest lecturer Egons Bērziņš, assistant professor Iveta Ludviga, lecturer Astra Spalvēna, professor Greg Macdonald (Latvia/Canada), guest professor, architect Matti Rautiola (Finland), architect, guest professor Andress Alver (Estonia), guest lecturer Jānis Rušenieks, guest lecturer Andis Kublačovs, guest lecturer Hadlijs Barets (UK), guest lecturer Jana Jākobsone, guest lecturer Jānis Berķis, lecturer Ivars Runģis and others.

Degree awarded: Master in Architecture/architect's professional qualification
The language of instruction: English
The form of study: full time (lectures are conducted on Thu, Fri afternoons, Sat) / 2 years
International opportunities: one semester studies/practice abroad (ERASMUS Programme)

Start of the studies for the upcoming period: February 2019.

The full study fee: 6000 EUR per year.
The study fee with the 20% discount applies to citizens and permanent residents of The Republic of Latvia: 4800 EUR per year. Discount is applied to all study period – 2 years. 

  • The additional 720 EUR discount (for the first study year) will be given to RISEBA University BA Architecture programme graduates.

RISEBA University also supports high performing and creative students in the financing of their studies and offers a wide range of other tuition fee discounts. More information on the study fees, discounts. More on the study loans and scholarships.
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Contacts and information:
Director of the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Professional Master's study programme "Architecture" director:
Jānis Dripe
Phone: +371 28625222
[email protected]