MSC in Architecture

Two years $5,000 per academic year


The rapid growth of Erbil urban area has raised many critical cases that may address societal, environmental, economic, and cultural questions, the reaction to these questions can be on different scales. This MSc. Arch. Programme can be an opportunity that these questions can be researched on architecture level or urban design level. This MSc. Arch. programme is designed to train fresh graduates and professionals to address the challenges of a rapidly urbanized Kurdistan region, by seeking innovative approaches in the built environment. The programme focuses on the constructive, cultural, and climatic qualities of buildings and their surroundings.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree:
  • Employment: Certification of employment if employed, or a personal statement containing a brief summary of work experience if self-employed (minimum of 300 words).
  • English Language Proficiency: Minimum English Language requirement is 50 in PTE – 6 in IELTS -74 in TOEFL iBT or 105 in Duolingo.
  • Equalized transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions.
  • Note! Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered.

  • Application Form: Online application form is required.
  • Official Transcripts: Provide a copy of your undergraduate transcript with your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two recommendation letters are required to be submitted with your application, preferably one of which will be from a university academic.
  • A copy of your CV.
  • A copy of your passport and national ID.


The MSc in Architecture seamlessly combines advanced architectural engineering principles with a strong emphasis on sustainable practices. This combination is not only aligning with UKH mission but also meets the increasing demand for professionals capable of addressing environmental concerns within the architectural field. As confirmed in the ethos of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (, our program reflects a commitment to holistic sustainability in architectural practices.

To prepare graduates for impactful roles, this master’s program goes beyond traditional education. It empowers students to assume key positions across diverse sectors. Incorporating but not restricted to architecture firms, governmental bodies, environmental organizations, and academia In doing so, UKH remains committed to shape future leaders who able to drive progress in the Kurdistan region and Iraq, both regionally and globally.

Essentially, this program embodies UKH’s dedication to nurturing a generation of professionals who not only excel in their chosen fields but also contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and beyond.


The UKH Architecture Master’s degree requires 24 months of study as duration, with an option to be extended to 36 months upon approval and payment of an additional year of study. It means that the maximum program duration is 3 years.  During the first year two semesters of study, the students may attend classes of 15 credits modules, on basis of 4 module per semester. While In the second year, students focus on completing their research and thesis followed by VIVA . Students can request a maximum of two (2) extensions, as 6 months for each. The first extension requires a school level approval, while a university level approval is required for a second extension.


The modules are designed to gradually delve into research as a skill, and expand background in main topics tangible to architecture with concentrated emphasis on local aesthetic and climatic issues by making benefit from international experiences.

Skills Development

UKH MSc. in Architecture, is a two years duration programme, it is composed of two semesters during year one where the students can attend classes regarding advanced theoretical architecture input and principles of research methodology and statistics while the second year will be specified for research and writing the thesis and then attending the VIVA session, the graduates will be able to deal with more advanced cases regarding architecture, urban design and sustainable built environment.

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