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Specialist Focus on Construction
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The aim of the Master’s degree is to deepen the knowledge acquired from the Bachelor’s degree in the fields of architecture, contemporary arts, urban and landscape environment, urban planning, sociology, stability, and building technology and equipment.  It is also supplemented by subjects specific to the practice of the profession, such as legislation and ethics.

Architecture is at the crossroads of different disciplines, such as art, construction techniques, humanities and sciences. Architecture has the task of reinventing buildings to better respond to new societal needs and issues, such as sustainable development.

The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning (FA+U) intends to train designers of spaces, and sensitive and responsible actors, able to intervene with creativity in complex situations.

At Bachelor level, the FA+U offers a set of courses articulated around architectural projects. These allow students to acquire some initial technical, scientific and artistic knowledge.

At Master level, the Construction specialist focus is structured around four themes: Heritage, Landscape, Data, and Resilience. Each sector develops an approach and a specific project methodology related to its theme.

This course is closely linked to the U.R.B.A.In.E research centre, which allows students to deepen their training through seminars, conferences and workshops.

“I started university thinking I was ready for it. Secondary school had prepared me well, except for one thing… Making a choice. During the day, I was passionate about science, but I devoted my free…

Laura Ngambi
Master’s degree in Architecture

Access conditions

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Target audience

Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

Extra information

At the end of the Master’s, students will be able to design an architectural project of different scales, ranging from public spaces and facilities to urban projects, taking into account both technical aspects, the environment, and the socio-economic and urban context. They will be able to describe and outline their projects and defend the proposed options.

Program and structure

Common Courses

Theoretical courses are, for the most part, included in the first year of the programme, leaving more time later in the course for the dissertation.

The architectural and urban composition course is the foundation of the course.

Four optional courses are offered to students:

  • Architectures and Heritage
  • Architectures – Territories – Strategies – Landscape
  • Data, Territories and Parametric Architectures
  • Resilience, Mixity Laboratory.

Students in both years of the MA, who are registered on the same specialist focus, are grouped in the same workshop. They work on the same projects – sometimes in groups, sometimes individually. The level of difficulty varies according to the year of study. The students’ projects are presented before a board made up of teachers from the Faculty and external members, including architects and specialists of the proposed subject.

Specialist Focus on Construction

During the workshops, through teaching focused on exchanges between the teachers and the practitioners, the students develop and analyse their knowledge on more and more complex projects, such as neighbourhood or public amenities, and issues specific to each sector.  These projects are developed under control conditions in order to develop a sense of responsibility and work ethic.

The Construction specialist focus also gives architecture students the opportunity to broaden their skills in digital technologies (3D modelling), the energy performance of buildings, and contemporary art.

Students must write a dissertation on a chosen subject, related to their course, under the supervision of the teacher of their choice.  This work is presented and defended before a board in the last year.

Teaching profile

The programme description defines the expected learning outcomes at the end of the cycle (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.). The programme description defines the expected learning outcomes, i.e. what the student should know, understand and be able to achieve at the end of a learning activity, a teaching unit or a study cycle (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.). Learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, expertise and soft skills.

At the end of the Master's, students will be able to:

  • Address a question on architecture
  • Develop an identified spatial response
  • Interact with all stakeholders
  • Make choices

For more information, consult the programme description for this study cycle below (in French).



The increasing complexity of building processes, construction-related tasks and new urban and environmental challenges offer new architecture graduates a wide range of professions.

The course leads to many occupations in the construction of urban and suburban buildings, town planning, regional planning, heritage restoration, and energy, to name but a few.

These opportunities concern new constructions, urban planning, the expanding market of renovation, redeployment, and reconversion.

Many of our alumni have been hired in these different areas.

Graduates may also embark on a PhD at UMONS or another university.  The research areas and supervision developed by the FA+U constitute a favourable framework to carry out this work.

About this training

Science and Technology
Architecture and Urban Planning

Contact us for more info

Carl Pasaro, Appariteur