İstanbul Kültür University Department of Architecture is structured with the aim of teaching individuals, who are expected to continue life-long architectural education, the responsibility and ability to think, question, search for answers and interpret. Master of Architecture (MArch) Program with Thesis, which is a continuation of this understanding of education, aims to raise researchers and practitioners who are equipped well with the necessary accumulation of theory and practice. In addition to improving the ability to make research based on scientific methods, teaching the capability to access information, and to evaluate and interpret this information is one of the basic principles. In this context, the basic aim of the program is to educate qualified graduates who are demanded nationally and internationally, and well-equipped with high technology, modern art and scientific knowledge.
IKU Department of Architecture has started to accept students to the Architecture MArch Programme beginning from 2001-2002 academic year.
Beginning from 2004-2005 academic year, Department of Architecture has been divided into several fields which include Architectural Design, Architectural Engineering, Urban Design, Restoration and Construcion Management .
Renewal studies made in 2010-2011 academic year and 2013-2014 fall term.
Admission and Registration Requirements
It is required to have a Bachelor degree and score higher than 55 quantitative points from Selection Examination for Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies (ALES) for application to Architectural MArch Programme. Science Exam, English Proficiency Test and Oral Interview are done before the admission to the programme. They are evaluated as ALES 50%, English Proficiency Test 10%, Undergraduate Points Average 20% and Oral Interview+Science Exam 20%. During the application, ALES document which is taken in the last 5 years, diploma, transcript, military situation document (for males), a copy of identity card, 2 photographs and registration fee receipt are taken. During the precise administration not the copy but the originals of these documents and the student contribution margin receipt are wanted. Programme application date is declared by the university.
Erasmus is an education and training program, aiming a common modernization and coherence of graduate education in EU countries and in countries which are in EU membership process, enabling students to study and work abroad, as well as supporting cooperation among graduate education institutions across Europe. As in other EU countries, graduate students in Turkey have the right to use student mobility or work placement opportunities once, if they have an Erasmus grant; and more than once if they do not have Erasmus grants. Graduate level, in particular, is a preferred stage for exchange, with its flexible and individualistic character for all countries.
IKU Master of Architecture Program has 21 notable Erasmus partner universities in Europe, which are listed below:
Stuttgard University (Germany)
Hochschule Ostwestfalen- Lippe (Germany)
Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium)
KU Leuven (Belgium)
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geodesy (Bulgaria)
Ostrava Technical University (Czech Republic)
Aarhus School of Architecture (Denmark)-PhD
University of Oulu (Finland)
ENSA Marseille (France)
University of Pecs (Hungary)
Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (Netherlands)
Ramon Llull University (Spain)
University of Sevilla (Spain)
Malmö University (Sweden)
Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
University of Napoli (Italy)
University of Roma Tre (Italy)
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
University of Ecology-Management (Poland)
University of Applied Sciences in Nysa (Poland)
University of Cluj Napoca (Romania)
Graduate students, who are interested in Erasmus Student Mobility, are selected according to both their Erasmus Grades (which is determined according to their cumulative GPA’s and and the results of their foreign language examination, organized by our University), and their order of preference of the partner universities. After this selection phase, the candidate students have the privilege to select one of our Erasmus Partner European Universities, according to their fields of interest and continue to develop their theses with a supervisor from the hosting university for one or two semesters, as a part of their graduate education at IKU.
In addition, within the framework of Erasmus Staff Exchange Program, many international scholars visit our Master of Architecture Program to give lectures on their specialization areas.
Through Common Educational Studies within Erasmus Program, higher number of students have the chance to get involved within common courses, laboratory and workshop studies held mutually and coordinated in parallel with our Erasmus Partner Universities. Within this context, our Master of Architecture Program has realized many studies successfully in Turkey and abroad.
As a result, Erasmus and Other International Common Studies are accepted as an integral part of our Master of Architecture Program, raising it to an international level, together with our students and our educational staff, aiming to become beneficial for all of our graduate students.