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Master's degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona (MBArch)

Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB)

The aim of the master's degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona (MBArch) (master's degree web) is to train students in research, innovation and contemporary architectural design in a manner that is flexible and directed towards a specialisation. With an emphasis on expertise, erudition, tradition and professional practice, the Barcelona School of Architecture offers a comprehensive approach to a professional or teaching career in architecture.


Contemporary Design (taught entirely in English)
The aim of this specialisation is to expand upon, investigate and disseminate approaches to design in the city of Barcelona—a world-class example of architectural and urban design—with an emphasis on the role of the materiality and use of scale in architectural design. 

Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation
The aim of this specialisation is to promote research in urban and spatial planning and management that addresses spatial, urban and real estate problems from a transdisciplinary perspective that takes into account the technical, legal, economic and social aspects of urban management and valuation.

The aim of this specialisation is to produce highly qualified researchers in the field of urban design research, and to study and reflect upon key topics in the history of urbanism and contemporary urban design and approaches to analysis and intervention on regional and urban scales.

Process, Design and Programming
The aim of this specialisation is to equip students with techniques for research into the theory and practice of design and the poetics, ethics and epistemology of architectural design, for them to become familiar with the work of representative architects and to restore the idea of function as the core of design.

Theory, History and Culture
The aim of this specialisation is to provide the specialised knowledge needed for professional practice in the fields of cultural and museum management, architectural and urban heritage management, mediation in participation processes and the provision of historical and heritage documentation for all kinds of public and private institutions.

Architecture, Energy and Environment (taught entirely in Spanish)
This is a specialisation that allows students to acquire and develop research skills for the energy assessment of architecture and urban structures, environmental impact assessment of architectural and urban development projects and the application of natural and artificial environmental conditioning techniques.

Technological Innovation in Architecture
The aim of this specialisation is to provide expertise in technological innovation and advanced knowledge and technical skills that can be applied to design and used in teams working on research and innovation.

Architectural Restoration and Rehabilitation
The aim of this specialisation is to provide students with the skills to carry out analysis, design and research in the fields of architectural restoration and rehabilitation.


  • Contemporary Design
  • Urban and Architectural Management and Valuation
  • Urbanism
  • Process, Design and Programming
  • Theory, History and Culture
  • Architecture, Energy and Environment
  • Technological Innovation in Architecture
  • Architectural Restoration and Rehabilitation
Duration and start date
1 academic year, 60 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs (does not include non-teaching academic fees and issuing of the degree certificate):
€1,660 (€6,331 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction
Check the language of instruction for each subject in the course guide in the curriculum. The Contemporary Project specialisation is taught entirely in English. The Architecture, Energy and Environment specialisation is taught entirely in Spanish.

Information on language use in the classroom and students’ language rights.

Barcelona School of Architecture 
Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register
General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Pre-enrolment period open.
Expected deadline:  01/07/2024.

How to pre-enrol
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.
Double-degree pathways with universities around the world
  • Master's degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture-Barcelona (MBArch) + Master of Architecture (College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
Check the degree’s main quality indicators in the University Studies in Catalonia portal of Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency. Find information on topics such as degree evaluation results, student satisfaction and graduate employment data.
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