Master of Architecture

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your current understanding of architecture through specialised study and make significant progress towards becoming a registered architect.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Get a specialist education that builds upon an established background in architecture and built environment studies. 

The Master of Architecture develops your skills and knowledge in architectural design research and resolution, urban ecologies and contexts, integrated project evaluation and performance-measured sustainable design. All of these are expected in modern professional practice.

You’ll also undertake advanced studies in cultural, technological, design, environmental and theoretical knowledge. Plus, you’ll study the ethical, evaluative and research frameworks which underpin the architecture field.

Deakin’s Master of Architecture is professionally accredited within Australia by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. This lets you to achieve your professional registration, taking your career one step further.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Architecture, students must attain 16 credit points, which must include the following.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

  • Completion of SRA710 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

The 16 credit points include 9 core units, totalling 12 credit points (these are compulsory) and 4 course elective units (you can choose which ones to study from a prescribed list).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

14

Core units

2

Elective units

16

Total units

Core

  • Safety Induction Program SRA710 (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Architectural Design Master Studio A SRD763 (2 credit points)
  • Architectural Design Master Studio B SRD742 (2 credit points)
  • Architectural Design and Resolution SRD765
  • Architectural Design Research Studio SRD741
  • Architecture Masterclass Studio SRD766 (2 credit points)
  • Critical Futures SRA743
  • Sustainable Futures SRT750
  • Built Environment Professional Practice SRM750
  • Research Methodology SRR782
  • Course Elective units:

    Students must select 4 credit points of course elective units from the list below:

  • Building Systems and Environment SRT757
  • Built Environment Integrated Project SRV799
  • Built Environment Practical Assessment SRM772
  • Built Environment Study Tour SRR767
  • Cost Planning SRQ762
  • Ecological Cities and Futures SRP761
  • Indigenous Narratives and Processes SRL733
  • Interdisciplinary Planning and Design SRD762
  • Managing Change and Innovation SRM781
  • Thesis SRR711 (2 credit points)^
  • Urban Design Studio SRD764
  • Geo-Planning and Design SRD760
  • Urban Perspectives SRA742
  •  ^ Students intending to apply for entry into Higher Degree by Research may be required to complete SRR711 Thesis.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Architecture
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    S700
    CRICOS code?
    059382E
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Additional course information

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student payment through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

    Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, site visits and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Students are required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into postgraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    • Bachelor degree in architecture (accredited) with a WAM (or equivalent average grade indicator) of 60, OR
    • Portfolio of relevant work.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    Students who have completed the Master of Architecture may continue on to undertake Higher Degree by Research study.

    Frequently asked questions

    How do I apply?

    We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.

    When do applications close?

    Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.

    Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.

    Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.

    How do fees work?

    Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.

    Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.

    For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.

    If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Graduates will be required to complete an additional two years of work experience under the supervision of a registered architect in order to present for registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Australian Institute of Architects.

    Professional recognition

    This course is accredited (within Australia) by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

    This course has been validated and recognised by the Board of Architects Malaysia to be included on their 'List of Recognised Architectural Programmes'.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Create an architectural design through the exercise of knowledge, imagination and judgement in the context of economic, social, cultural and environmental responsibility.  Plan and execute a substantial research project to show capacity for specialised knowledge in architectural contexts and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and/or scholarship.  Use initiative to integrate well-developed knowledge of architectural history, theory, technology and practice to design, develop and manage architecture projects from project brief to architectural resolution and thereby demonstrate professionalism as an architectural graduate.

    Communication

    Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly in a variety of interpersonal contexts using oral, written and visual communication modes to inform, motivate and persuade specialist and non specialist audiences about architectural ideas, decisions and predicted built outcomes.  Imagine, conceive and represent ideas using the language of architecture, its codes and conventions to reflect on possibilities, and progress and resolve solutions within a design process.  Demonstrate the capacity to listen, learn and engage with a variety of participants and contributing influences in architectural projects to mediate and collaboratively resolve issues and negotiate design complexity.

    Digital literacy

    Apply well-developed research, ideation and technical information literacy skills to independently locate, interpret and evaluate information content in a digital world.  Disseminate creative and logical proposals using appropriate digital technologies relevant to architecture practice.

    Critical thinking

    Selectively use linear, critical, logical and/or lateral mechanisms to analyse different forms of information; manipulate and transform information to propose possible solutions and thereby demonstrate the capacity for reflection in action for professional practice in architecture.  Use reflection and judgement supported by a body of knowledge in order to efficiently formulate a strategy or argument appropriate to a theoretical, contextual, creative and/or technical architectural situation.  Apply independent thought and capacity for analysis and synthesis of a particular area of discipline knowledge through coherent and focussed research practice.

    Problem solving

    Effectively research and Identify theoretical, cultural, social, technical and environmental architectural problems to establish a sound basis for project inception in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.  Use a well-developed body of knowledge to justify, argue and persuade the significance, causes and consequences of architectural problems, and use a methodical approach to formulate potential solutions.

    Self-management

    Accumulate and document specialist knowledge of architecture theories, processes and practice using the frameworks of methodical research, creative activity and capacity for reflection on action to demonstrate responsibility for professional learning.

    Teamwork

    Apply interpersonal skills to interact, contribute and collaborate in team learning activities and to enhance project potential through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.

    Global citizenship

    Formulate architectural responses through concern for economic, cultural, social and ethical values inherent in human landscape while consciously integrating quantitative and qualitative perspectives.  Engage with global traditions and current trends in architectural practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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