Master in Collective Housing


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The Master of Advanced Studies in Collective HousingMCH, is a postgraduate full-time international professional program of advanced architecture design in cities and housing presented by Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (UPM) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). After nine editions, it is rated as one of the best architecture master’s programs by architects and experts.

Architects from all nations are trained to develop their expertise in these issues and have demonstrated a high professional level, making important contributions in research projects, winning competitions or taking leadership roles in the most relevant architecture firms.


UPM and ETH join forces to offer the first UPM / ETH Diploma: “Master of Advanced Studies UPM/ETH in Collective Housing”. ETH Zurich, the most prestigious technology university in the world, signed in 2016 an agreement with UPM that officially recognizes MCH as one of its MAS programs, validating this master with the same recognition than existing further postgraduate courses offered at ETH Zurich. This agreement is based on the importance and commitment of MCH with excellence since its foundation in 2006, when it was offered for the first time at UPM, ETSAM Madrid.


The thorough selection process of architects and the intensive experience in Madrid create bonds that are meant to last in time. With the help of MCH Alumni, we set in contact participants of different editions to create the basis for research, knowledge and opportunity sharing.

The reduced number of participants allows a close contact with professors as well, who use to respond in a generous way, helping participants to increase their career improvement opportunities.

Occupation & career upgrade

One of our main goals is the job placement of our specialist professionals, who can address global problems and take important roles in the most relevant architecture offices, urban and landscape planning or make contributions in fields such as environmental science, emergency housing or critique of architecture.

The MCH Office will give support and help to participants in their search of new positions, based on their performance during the course.


The program is eminently practical and consists of 600 hours (60 ETCS). Each credit is associated to 25 personal studying-working hours.

Participants will develop their design skills through an intensive series of one-week international workshops and complete their theoretical knowledge in specialty seminars.

In the past years, MCH has built a close relationship with great architects such as Dietmar Eberle, Felix Claus, Anne Lacaton, Frits van Dongen, Anna Heringer, Hrvoje Njiriç, Juan Herreros, Dick van Gameren, Riken Yamamoto, Cino Zucchi, Jacob van Rijs, Alejandro Aravena, Andrea Deplazes, Max Risselada or Wiel Arets, who are regular faculty members  It is the interaction between teachers and participants that generates the greatest results and production each year.

Professionals from all nations who have demonstrated a high professional level are trained in city dwelling specialties, learning new design strategies with an extremely practical approach and increasing their knowledge in the following specialization fields:

– Energy and sustainability

– Housing theory

– Construction & technology

– Business, management & international activity

– Urban design

– Low-cost & emergency housing

– Sociology, economy & politics

– City sciences

– Housing projects

Cost & Scholarships

Tuition fee: 17.900€, to be paid prior to the beginning of the course.

The price of the study trip (transport tickets, hotel reservations, visits and shuttle buses) and the LEED Certificate Education (Core Concepts & Strategies, recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council) are included in the tuition fee.

Personal expenses will not be covered in any case.


We want to help you achieve your goal of attending MCH.

Although MCH doesn’t have a scholarship program, candidates are helped to find their best financial option. Check in our website the list of outside scholarship programs as well as scholarships’ agreements between MCH and several institutions.

Application process

MCH is intended for qualified architects who have completed their Architecture University Studies with a master’s degree or equal level certificate. Next edition will start in January 2018application period is opened until 31.12.2017 or till vacancies are filled. It takes place mainly in Madrid, from January until July  with the submission of the master’s project in September. Classes are held every afternoon from 16.00 to 21.00 at the MCH Workspace, which is reserved for participants to develop their work during the rest of the day. A full-time dedication is strongly recommended.

MCH has always committed to the highest level of excellence combining teachers of international prestige and a thorough participant selection process in order to make the best out of this course.

In order to enroll the selection process, please submit your CV, portfolio, motivation letter and recommendation letters to, through the online Application Form (pdf format to be visualized on screen). The Academic Committee will evaluate it and will call you for a personal interview through Skype.



MCH – MAS Collective Housing

Avda. Juan Herrera, 4

28040, Madrid. Spain

Phone Office +34 913 364 222

Phone Manager +34 678 672 773


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