Master of Architecture

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Architecture
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at
CRICOS course code059382E
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

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

Deakin course code S700
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • 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.


  • Imagine, represent and test design concepts, and realise effective architectural designs that are sensitive to social, cultural, economic and environmental values influencing the health, safety, welfare and beneficial use of the built environment.
  • Consistently and effectively research the design problem both independently and collaboratively using a framework of accountability and responsibility to establish an architectural strategy that demonstrates the exercise of critical choice, aesthetic judgement and creative imagination and generates a design concept that can be realised as a building.
  • Draw upon, interpret and integrate information from the history and precedent of the discipline of architecture and, with respect for related fields, produce designs for complex buildings and spaces at a variety of scales and for a range of purposes.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • 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.
  • Use expert communication skills and a range of communication tools to engage with clients and specialists and consult in a professional manner to interpret and justify theoretical propositions, ideas professional decisions and predicted built outcomes.
  • Develop and describe design concepts and schematic designs that demonstrate refined cognitive and technical skills and advanced utilisation of architectural communication techniques including freehand drawings, diagrams, computer simulation, modelling and graphic technologies to propose logical actions with formulation and cohesion appropriate to the situation.
  • Value the roles and contributions of all participants from the project procurement process to the realisation of a built environment by communicating in a way that is appropriate, considerate of audience needs and reconciles expectations and limitations in a professional manner.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • 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.
  • Determine the extent of information needed and use commonly available technologies appropriately, effectively and efficiently to access information and methodically differentiate between assertion, personal opinion and reliable information.
  • Present clear and coherent explanation of knowledge, ideas, problems and solutions in the context of complex and sometimes unpredictable situations in architectural practice with robust evidence to substantiate any claims made.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • 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.
  • State and describe ideas, information and issues clearly and comprehensively; identify and rectify logical flaws; interpret, analyse and synthesise expert viewpoints; and propose possible solutions delivering all relevant information from the process of evaluation, thinking and reflection.
  • Apply creative processes to devise a strategy for delivering a persuasive argument that clarifies multiple perspectives supported by a framework of reflective practice and critical evaluation to insightfully discuss the nature, complexity and enormity of tasks, value propositions, implications and limitations and thereby demonstrate refined contextual judgement.
  • Construct a considered thesis that effectively demonstrates research capacity through research formulation, well-supported propositions and balanced conclusions.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • 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.


  • Explore and appraise a range of ideas to formulate project propositions that demonstrate respect for natural and cultural environments and awareness of social and technical issues, based on the assessment of specialist information, conceptual speculation, detailed design, choice of structure and material, project costs and management strategies, impact on the users of the built environment and the community.
  • Formulate architectural decisions that lead progressively to the realisation of a coherent design proposal in response to a project brief, taking into account the significance, causes and consequences, and use methodical approaches to propose realistic solutions to architectural problems, with an understanding of relevant codes and industry standards.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • 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.
  • Take initiative to selectively evaluate ideas, formulate propositions and engage effectively in discipline practice using creative and critical mechanisms of reflection and evaluation for planning, managing and implementing architectural projects in a manner that documents scholarship and awareness of social and professional responsibility.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • 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.
  • Regularly use well-developed interpersonal skills to interact, negotiate, mediate, collaborate and thereby contribute to learning activities as an individual and as a member of a team to realise the outcomes of a project through the establishment of a shared process for resolving complex architectural problems.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • 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.
  • Establish and evaluate identified concerns, requirements, perceptions and priorities through the assessment of qualitative and quantitative interactions between the project, the environment and the community, the implications of the law, relevant codes, regulations and standards.
  • Actively seek traditional, current and new information to assess trends and emerging practice from local, national and global sources and appraise the diversity, equity and ethical implications for professional practice.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

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

The 16 credit points include 14 core units (these are compulsory) and 2 elective units (you can choose which ones to study). 

Course structure


SRA710Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRD763Architectural Design in Urban Contexts

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRD765Architectural Design and Resolution

SRD766Architecture Design Masterclass (2 credit points)

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRQ762Cost Planning

SRR711Thesis (Architecture) (2 credit points)

SRR782Research Methodology

SRT750Sustainable Futures

SRT757Building Systems and Environment

SRV799Built Environment Integrated Project


Students choose one history/theory elective chosen from the following:

SRA742Urban Perspectives

SRA743Trans-National Mega Projects

Plus one elective from any approved SR*7** coded unit

Income support

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

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

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Bachelor degree in same discipline (accredited, in architecture).

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Further study

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


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.