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Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Study language: 
English
In cooperation with: 
Université Libre de Bruxelles: Brussels Faculty of Engineering (in short Bruface)
Faculty: 
Ingenieurswetenschappen
Campus: 
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus
Deze opleiding in het Nederlands: 
Ingenieurswetenschappen: Architectuur

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Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

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Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

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Academic year 2017-2018
The standard track in the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering (BRUFACE) (120 ECTS) is built up modularly:
1) Compulsory Courses (75 ECTS)
2) Electives (21 ECTS)
3) Master Thesis (24 ECTS)
Each of the modules should be succesfully completed to obtain the master degree. The student must respect the specified registration requirements. The educational board strongly suggests the student to follow the standard learning track. Only this model track can guarantee a timeschedule without overlaps of the compulsory course units.

Compulsory Courses MA in Architectural Engineering

This module includes 75 ECTS of compulsory courses, 51 ECTS in the 1st year (MA1) and 24 ECTS in the 2nd year of the standard learning track (MA2). All submodules mentioned below must be successfully completed.

Compulsory Courses year 1 of the standard learning track in arch. engineering

These courses must be successfully completed in the 1st year of the standard learning track (MA1).

Remark! Outgoing (Erasmus)exchange students for only one semester (the 1st or the 2nd) always have to contact the faculty secretariat before enrolling for the 'Design Studio Sustainable Design' (16 ECTS).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 51 ECTS credits.

Pre-defined Courses year 2 of the standard learning track in arch. engineering

The student must select and successfully complete three courses from the list mentioned below, in the 2nd year of the standard learning track (MA2).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 12 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Daylighting in Buildings 1st semester 4
Design Project Competition 1st semester 4
Low Energy Design for Sustainable Buildings 1st semester 4
Theory of Architecture and Urbanism 1st semester 4
Architectural Engineering and Construction Project Management 2nd semester 4

Advanced Design Studio yr 2 of the standard learning track in arch. engineering

The Advanced Design Studio is a compulsory course that must be successfully completed in the 2nd year of the standard learning track (MA2). Students have to obtain at least 10/20 for this course as a condition to graduate.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 12 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Advanced Design Studio 1st and 2nd semester 12

Elective Courses MA in Architectural Engineering

Students must successfully complete 21 ECTS of elective courses, 9 ECTS in the 1st year of the standard learning track (MA1) and 12 ECTS in the 2nd year of the standard learning track (MA2). In MA2 at least 6 of the 12 ECTS must be selected from the list with specific elective courses and, upon approval by the authorized Curriculum Board, not more than 6 ECTS can be selected outside that list.

Elective Courses year 1 of the standard learning track Architectural Engineering

This module includes the elective courses of the 1st year. Students must successfully complete at least 9 ECTS of these electives, among this list exclusively, in the 1st year of the standard learning track (MA1). REMARK: ‘Soil Mechanics’ and ‘Form-active structures’ cannot be chosen by VUB ‘Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen: architectuur‘ graduates.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 9 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Introduction to construction engineering 1st semester 4
Room Acoustics 1st semester 3
Soil Mechanics 1st semester 5
Structural Analysis and Finite Elements 1st semester 5
Theoretical Reflections on Monument Care 1st semester 3
Form-active structures 2nd semester 4
Geotechnical Engineering 2nd semester 6

Elective Courses year 2 of the standard learning track Architectural Engineering

This module includes the elective courses of the 2nd year. In the 2nd year of the full-time standard learning track, students must successfully complete 12 ECTS of electives, in addition to and different from those already accomplished in the 1st year. At least 6 ECTS must be selected from the following list, among the MA1 elective courses not chosen before, and the remaining courses from the MA2 pre-defined courses list not taken by the student. Upon preliminary approval by the Authorized Curriculum Board, not more than 6 ECTS can also be selected outside this list. Students who want to register for an elective outside this list, must contact their Faculty Secretariat.
REMARKS :
‘Soil Mechanics’ and ‘Form-active structures’ cannot be chosen by VUB ‘Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen: architectuur‘ graduates.
Students who want to choose an internship have to select either the Internship worth 6 ECTS, either the Internship worth 10 ECTS.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 33 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Daylighting in Buildings 1st semester 4
Design Project Competition 1st semester 4
Experimental Techniques for Testing, Non Destructive Techniques and Structural Health Monitoring 1st semester 5
Form-finding and Structural Optimisation 1st semester 3
Industrial Techniques for Water Management 1st semester 3
Innovation in Construction Materials 1st semester 4
Internship (40 days) 1st semester 6
Internship (60 days) 1st semester 10
Introduction to construction engineering 1st semester 4
Light and Lighting: Visual Environment and Domotics 1st semester 4
Low Energy Design for Sustainable Buildings 1st semester 4
Low voltage electrical systems for buildings 1st semester 5
Mechanics of Composite Materials 1st semester 3
Robustness of structures and reliability of materials 1st semester 4
Room Acoustics 1st semester 3
Soil Mechanics 1st semester 5
Structural Analysis and Finite Elements 1st semester 5
Theoretical Reflections on Monument Care 1st semester 3
Theory of Architecture and Urbanism 1st semester 4
Acoustic Engineering: Tools and Methods 2nd semester 4
Architectural Engineering and Construction Project Management 2nd semester 4
Concrete Bridge Design and Construction 2nd semester 4
Construction 2nd semester 5
Design and Management of Transportation Infrastructures 2nd semester 4
Design of Engineering Constructions 2nd semester 5
Form-active structures 2nd semester 4
Geotechnical Engineering 2nd semester 6
Infrastructure and mobility 2nd semester 5
Pathologies, renovation and rehabilitation of structures 2nd semester 4
Prestressed Concrete 2nd semester 4
Steel Bridge Construction 2nd semester 3
Urban Sociology 1st and 2nd semester 5

Master Thesis MA Architectural Engineering

The Master Thesis (24 ECTS) is compulsory. Registration for the Master Thesis is allowed provided that

1. the student doesn't have a combined bachelor-master enrollment

2. the student has already successfully accomplished 45 ECTS of compulsory courses of the master program (exemptions included).
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 24 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Master Thesis Architectural Engineering 1st and 2nd semester 24