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Architecture

Master by coursework

The Master of Architecture is the final stage of the five-year academic pathway to become a practising architect.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Architecture
  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • Credit
    400
  • CRICOS
    058728C
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

Applications now open!

9 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Architecture at Curtin?

Specialist pathways

The Master of Architecture is the final stage of the five-year academic pathway to become a practising architect.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked first in Western Australia, and in the top 100 in the world, for architecture and built environment.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Architecture

Outline

Outline

The accredited Master of Architecture program, when combined with relevant  professional experience and successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination, fulfils one of the pathways to register as an architect in Australia.

In the program you will study architectural history, theory, research, management and law, and undertake professional practice.

This is a hands-on course that combines the understandings of design, science, technology, history and culture to ensure you graduate with a well-rounded set of skills. You’ll also undertake a major self-directed architectural thesis project in a specialised area of interest, to demonstrate research skills and gain practical experience.

Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.

Curtin University is committed to providing a world-class learning experience to our students, and we are proud to announce that in the 2019 URAP World Rankings, we were ranked 2nd nationally, and 24th in the world for architecture.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Master of Architecture lead to?

The future of architecture

Architecture has an increasing focus on sustainable design. Architects are required to think creatively about our built environment, and to apply critical thinking in digital design and technology.

Building information modelling (BIM), resilient architecture and community projects inform Curtin staff and student work, enabling graduates to address the future needs of the human experience in the built environment.

Industries

  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Urban and regional planning

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the profession of architecture, its theoretical underpinnings and ways of thinking; apply specific discipline knowledge contained within the streams of Architectural Design, Professional Practice and Architectural Culture.
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to analyse and understand the specific needs of various parties involved in architecture in order to generate and create innovative solutions.
  • conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to access and analyse the diverse information needed to make informed, strategic design decisions.
  • communicate information and ideas to diverse audience through visual, verbal and written communication techniques.
  • recognise and understand the principles of a range of appropriate technologies and their suitable application within the profession of architecture.
  • sustain intellectual curiosity that constantly strives, through self-directed learning, for innovation within the profession of architecture.
  • synthesise a range of local, national and international issues and perspectives which influence the creation and practice of architecture.
  • understand and value cultural and physical diversity and appreciate its significance in the creation of architecture.
  • demonstrate a professional and ethical approach in the creation of architecture; work independently and in teams; create knowledge in a scholarly, creative and/or professional context through critical inquiry, research and project development.

Professional recognition

The Master of Architecture is the final stage of the five-year academic pathway to become a practising architect. The Architects Board of Western Australia recognises this two-year course combined with the three-year Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), or equivalent, as meeting their academic requirements for registration.

On completing the approved postgraduate practical experience, you will be eligible for associate membership of the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Masters course allows you to experience projects that are happening in the real world, so it’s relevant and relatable. Being able to engage with professionals during final review sessions has been one of the best experiences for me, as well as the extra-curricular activities for students.

Emad Sultan

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

You must have a bachelor degree in architecture from a recognised institution. Entry to the course is competitive and academic achievement in the final two semesters of undergraduate study, or equivalent, is considered.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,200*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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