Sustainable Architecture

Master’s degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Sustainable Architecture

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Welcome to study start at NTNU

Welcome to study start at NTNU

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to study start. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemi, this year's matriculation ceremony will be organized digitally.   

We want everyone to get off to a good start and be part of the student community at NTNU, even if you have to follow the lectures digitally the first semester from your home country.

More information on this year's matriculation ceremony is found here.

Our faculty welcome ceremony for new international students will be organized digitally.


Hours: 13:00-14:00 (CEST)

  • The Dean's welcome speech
  • Vice Dean for education presents our study programs
  • presentation of the student society and the student mentors.

The link for the ceremoy will be published here! 


Time: 13:00-15:00 
Place: digitally via Microsoft Teams (link will be provided)

  • 13:00 Welcome and presentation of the overall structure of the program by Luca Finocchiaro
  • 13:20 Round of presentations: teachers and students
  • 13:40 From solar houses to Zero Emission Buildings by AnneGrete Hestnes
  • 14:00 From ZEB to the Zero Emission Neighbourhood research center by Arild Gustavsen 
  • 14:20 A short introduction about AAR4833 and IED by Tommy Kleiven 
  • 14:40 Light and colour by Barbara Matusiak

Links will be provided as soon as this is ready. 

NTNU organises an orientation programme for new international students every August and January. The orientation activities for international students will be online on this page.

The Office of International Relations will organise online information meetings and Q&As. These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

This is an excellent way for you to get to know NTNU.  We strongly encourage all new international students to attend. 

More information will be published on this page as soon as it is available. You will also receive further information by email closer to the date.

Checklist and manage your stay

For new international students, this is what you need to do to get started as a student:

Checklist for new international students

How to learn norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Exchange students can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend-excursion to nearby mountains.

Course timetables - If  there is no timetable, please contact the department responsible for the course.

About the programme

About the programme

The MSc in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU aims at educate and train building professionals in the use and development of competitive methods and solutions for lowering GHG emissions of the built environment in a life-cycle perspective. 

Admission text


The programme is open to both international and Norwegian students. Admittance to the programme requires a bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities discipline.

Job prospects

Job prospects

The MSc programme in Sustainable Architecture lies at the forefront of research, innovation and implementation related to reducing GHG emissions in architecture. Learning activities throughout the program are designed in such a way that the students are able to transfer the knowledge gained into their practice as future building professionals. The continuous focus on an integrated design methodology throughout the programme enables the students to perform in any building design team, both as co-workers and as leaders.

Course description

Learning outcome

The curriculum of the MSc in Sustainable Architecture is structured around three main concerns related to the environmental impact of the built environment (I semester: environmental performance, II semester: environmental impact and III semester: integrated energy design). In the fourth semester students develop their Master thesis, as a research based report or design project. 

The focus of the theory and project courses run in each semester corresponds to the acquisition of specific knowledge and competence for lowering GHG emissions of buildings. In the fourth semester students develop their Master thesis, as a research based report or design project.



If you have any questions regarding admission or administrative matters:
If you have any questions regarding academic matters, please contact:
Luca Finocchiaro

Programme facts

Programme facts

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSSUSARCH
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Faculty of Architecture and Design

City: Trondheim

This information is relevant for the present academic year.

How to apply

Krysspublisert! IKKE rør! Application deadlines

Digital lectures for the first semesterMore Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU.

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2019

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2020

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2020

Admission August 2021: The application portal will open in October for non-EU students

 Please see our FAQ
Group for EU applicants
Group for non-EU applicants

Questions about your international master's application?

Questions about your international master's application?

Having trouble with your online application for our international Master's of Science programmes? Wondering when the deadlines are, or what kind of language requirements to be fulfilled? We have answered all these questions and more in our FAQs.