Non-Dutch BSc degree
All general information regarding admission and application for TU Delft MSc programmes is available on this site.
For students from Australia and New Zealand it is possible to apply for the MSc programme Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science with a bachelor of Science degree First Class, Second Class (Upper Division), High Distinction or Distinction.
For students from Scotland it is possible to apply for the MSc programme Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science with a Bachelor (Ordinary) degree with Upper Second or First Class Bachelor.
Applicants must meet TU Delft’s general admission requirements for international applicants, and are selected on the basis of a digital portfolio. A Portfolio is required for all MSc tracks; Architecture, Building Technology, Landscape Architecture, Management in the Built Environment and Urbanism. The digital portfolio should include samples of work from your previous educational programme. Working experience may be added to the portfolio.
A portfolio should reflect the scope and variety of your previous training and experience with specific emphasis on your knowledge of and skills in the degree track for which you are applying. You should submit work that represents your personal interests as well as your design and technological abilities.
In general, we look for candidates who demonstrate strong interest in a variety of design approaches and methods as well as theoretical and technical knowledge. We look for those who can engage themselves in an intellectually rigorous manner. We believe that pursuing an advanced degree in architecture, urbanism and building sciences requires perspectives and interests beyond the technical conventions of the profession. Each track in the master programme has specific evaluation criteria that will be used to assess your application. Please study them carefully and make sure that your portfolio is developed in accordance with the track that you are applying to.
The portfolio cover should include your full name and contact information.
Please note: For those applying for the Architecture track: as applicant you are encouraged to submit a video link (URL) to your self-introduction video in a separate PDF page as part of your motivation letter.
Number and nature of projects:
- Include a total maximum of 5 projects.
- Include no more than 2 professional projects.
- Include at least one individual project.
- Include your final project (if you have not yet completed it, include your most recent project).
- Some of the projects should clearly demonstrate your capabilities regarding technical issues. For some tracks, this would entail structural and technical viability of the projects, for others it would be about the integration of sustainability aspects and/or the relations with larger urban infrastructures. We highly recommend that these structural and technical aspects are exhibited in either the final thesis project, or alternatively, your most recent or most advanced level, project.
- Include a summary of your motivation letter of no more than 400 words.
You should present your best (and/or most thorough) projects and describe them in detail (in English), graphically demonstrating your ability to initiate and follow through the design process.
Please present clearly the specific issues of your interest and the steps/methods/techniques you followed in each design exercise, not just the end results. Please keep in mind that you are applying for an academic programme and therefore should be able to display your attitude and approach appropriate for it.
You don't necessarily need to include free-hand sketches/paintings/handicraft as the application is not for an undergraduate programme. (If you do, please put them at the end of the portfolio in 2-3 pages.) Please consider carefully the distribution and the range of your portfolio's contents.
Please keep in mind that the admissions committee judges your individual skills. In general individual projects show your capacities better than group work. If you decide to add group projects, please indicate carefully what your contribution is. If this is not clear to the committee they can’t judge your personal skills and this might decrease your chances of being admitted to the MSc track.
Per project include:
- concept sketches, showing preliminary visual (and verbal when relevant) development of ideas, approaches and methods and showing how you organise your ideas.
- finished drawings of original design work, documenting in a clear and precise manner both the intention and the resolution of each project.
- a written explanation in English of the design concept and solution. Here you should include the inspiration behind the project as well as the goals and objectives of the design. Be clear and concise. Longer texts should be worked out in the form of your letter of motivation.
Please note that for all drawings we require you to include the name of the author.
- name and location of the project
- if it is academic or professional
- if it is individual or group work
- your role in the process
- your exact contribution to the project
- the level of the project (year/semester of your study in which the project was carried out)
- date when the project was carried out
- name and email address of the supervisor of the project
Please be aware that quality is more important than quantity. Note that portfolios are evaluated digitally and should be easily readable without zooming or scrolling. Therefore:
- The size of your portfolio should not exceed 20 MB.
- The portfolio should be submitted as an A series size (A4/A3) and in landscape format.
- The number of pages should not exceed 30 pages.
- It is not allowed to show more than 1 A4/A3 page per screen.
- It is not allowed to use the booklet format because that is two pages per screen.
- The format should be pdf.
For those applying for the Architecture track: as applicant you are encouraged to submit a two- to three-minute video that introduces you to the admissions committee, sharing your background and experiences and telling about your motivation for choosing TU Delft and the themes and topics you are interested in. In that case, please provide a video link (URL) to your self-introduction video in a separate PDF page as part of your motivation letter, and not embed the video file itself. Please upload the video to an easy accessible platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, making the video public and unlisted. Unlisted means that anybody who has the link can view the video, but it doesn't appear in your channel or in search results.
Neatness and clarity of presentation are extremely important as they reflect both your attitude towards your work as well as your ability to communicate your work in a comprehensive and deliberate manner.
We work according to these requirements, so please pay attention to them to make sure that your portfolio is evaluated.
Evaluation criteria per programme/track:
Each track in the master programme has specific evaluation criteria that will be used to assess your application. Please study them carefully and make sure that your portfolio is developed in accordance with the track that you are applying to.
- Architecture (pdf)
- Building Technology (pdf)
- Landscape Architecture (pdf)
- Management in the Built Environment (pdf)
- Urbanism (pdf)
Application does not guarantee admission
Please note that you are not assured of admission simply by meeting our requirements and sending us all the required documents. Your application will be evaluated by at least two expert members of the admissions committee for the track for which you apply. They will then decide if you qualify for admission based on the information and materials provided in your application.
Applicants will only be evaluated once during an academic year; it is not possible to send new documents for re-evaluation in the same academic year.
Application procedure 2023-2025
The application procedure for the Master Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences programme (for intake for 2023-2025) will be as follows:
For Non-EU/EFTA nationals the application deadline is 15 January 2023 (23:59 CEST); selective admission will take place on the basis of the entire application package. The MSc Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment strives for a diverse and balanced student population. This will be taken into account in the admission procedure. A maximum number of Non-EU/EFTA nationals can be accepted to these MSc programmes.
For EU/EFTA nationals a rolling admissions policy applies. This means that complete applications will be reviewed. The application deadline is 1 April 2023 (23:59 CEST).
Our online application system will be available as from 15 October 2022.
Limited number of scholarships
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment receives many applications and only a very limited number of scholarships are available. More information on the available scholarships.
After reviewing your application, the admissions committee may invite you to interview. Interviews are by invitation only after all application materials have been received and initially reviewed by the admissions committee. If invited to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. Interviews are conducted over Skype; or, when logistically possible, held in person in Delft. Interviews are conducted by a member of the admissions committee, who will have thoroughly read your entire application package.