First Semester: Urban Design and Rehabilitation

There are no differences in the requirements and study modules offered during the first semester for students enrolled in both the standard programme and the double degree programme. Students should successfully complete the mandatory project on Urban Design and Rehabilitation, the mandatory module of Fundamentals of Urban Design and Development, alongside two other elective modules available to choose from.

Elective modules include:

  • Town and House
  • Landscape Architecture and Public Space Design
  • International Building and Planning Law
  • Conservation / Building in Existing Fabric

Second Semester: Urban Development

During the second semester at Cairo University, students must complete the mandatory project of Urban Development and select three out of five elective modules. The project focuses on understanding urban development issues within historical and modern city areas through literature, historical studies, site visits, and observations. Students critically assess existing plans, explore locally initiated development concepts, and examine recommended solutions for community development.

Elective modules include:

  • Urban Regeneration
  • Urban Heritage Management
  • History of Urban Morphology
  • Participation in Urban Development
  • Mobility Planning and Management for Historic Cities

Third Semester: Architect in Context

During the third semesterat Alexandria University, students are required to complete the mandatory project of Architecture in Historic Context and choose three out of five elective modules.

THe project of Architecture in Historic Context  involves practical engagement with architectural projects within historic contexts. It includes understanding the values attached to historical places, conducting detailed historical research, analyzing current site conditions, identifying problems and potentials, and proposing informed solutions that integrate socio-economic equality, environmental sustainability, and heritage conservation principles.

Elective Modules include:

  • New Architecture in Historic Context
  • Adaptive Re-use of Old Buildings
  • History and Theories of Historic Building Conservation
  • New Technologies for Sustainable Building Rehabilitation
  • Evaluation, Interpretation, and Documentation of Historic Buildings

Fourth Semester: Master Thesis

The fourth academic semester is dedicated to working on the Master Thesis. The thesis should integrate the content of at least two main components of the study programme and is to be supervised by two professors from two of the three partner universities of the double degree Master programme. Partner universities are BTU, Cairo University and Alexandria University.

A list of selected Master Theses can be found here.