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Urban Design
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Urban Design

Program Objectives Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee International Cooperations
Establishment Tuition Fee Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Qualification Awarded Double Major–Minor Programs Access to Further Studies
Language of Instruction Internship Departmental Facilities
Mode of Education Grading Scheme Program Activities
Admission and Registration Requirements Graduation Requirements Contact Information

Program Objectives

Over the last decades, there has been a great tendency in designing the cities via regeneration projects in Turkey as well as the cities in the world. No doubt this tendency reveals an opportunity for the architects and urban planners. Considering this opportunity, to empower the architects and planners with adequate knowledge to intervene urban space and to improve their ability of implementation with contemporary urban design method and techniques is the chief object of the MSc Program. Therefore, tracking the developments abroad by co-projects and workshops whilst setting up a ground for knowledge and skills on defining the problem and creating solutions are among the objectives of the Program.



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 programs which include also Urban Design MsC Programme. Renewal studies made in 2010-2011 academic year have been concluded and the new programme will be applied beginning from 2011-2012 fall term.


Qualification Awarded

 A diploma stating that the student has graduated from the Urban Design Masters program is given to students who succeed in all lectures that take part in the education plan and have at least 120 ECTS credits.

Language of Instruction


Mode of Education

Full time

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.

Fellowships and Discount in Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

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Double Major–Minor Programs

Urban Design MsC Programme doesn’t include any double major or minor program.



Urban Design MsC Programme doesn’t include any internship.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to fulfill 120 ECTS credits. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is shall be minimum 2.7 over 4.00 to be successful and to complete the Program.

International Cooperations

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 22 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)

University of Zilina (Slovakya)

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.

Occupational Profiles Of Graduates

Our alumni work in several offices and companies in the construction sector.

Access to Further Studies

Any student who completes MArch Programme with success can apply to PhD Programmes of the Department of Architecture or lots of other departments. Students successful in ALES, YDS or an equivalent exam, science exam and oral interview, have a chance to be accepted to PhD education. 


Departmental Facilities

Department of Architecture has a material studio, computer studio and material-concrete studio. 4 professors, 6 associate professor, 11 assistant professors are assigned in the Department of Architecture in 2017/2018 academic year.

Program Activities

Academic publications of the Department of Architecture


Articles published in international refereed periodicals

Papers presented and published in international scientific meetings

Articles published in national refereed periodicals

Papers presented and published in national scientific meetings

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Contact Information

Department of Architecture
Istanbul Kültür University
Ataköy Campus
34156 Bakırköy- İstanbul
Tel: +90 212 4984205