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Master of Architecture - 913AA

Course Code: 913AA
Course Version: 5
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 880926
CRICOS Code: 059960J
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Master the art of architecture in the national capital

This course has a unique status as the only postgraduate architecture program in Canberra – one of the world’s most internationally recognised and fascinating model design cities. This professionally accredited two-year course focuses on the contemporary issues informing urban architecture and promotes the processes of urbanisation in architectural research.

Accredited under a process administered by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, the course will arm you with the professional and intellectual knowledge and skills needed to practice architecture nationally and internationally. You will even fine-tune your expertise in related careers, such as urban design and heritage, and can choose to pursue additional studies leading to a PhD in a range of topics, including architectural history, urban planning or digital architecture.

Study a Master of Architecture at UC and you will:

  • understand analytical and theoretical approaches to site, context, program and technologies
  • propose formal, spatial and programmatic resolutions for major urban scale projects
  • demonstrate an understanding of the complex and challenging social, ethical, environmental, political and regulatory contexts within which architectural practice is carried out
  • display an advanced ability to respond to and develop a client brief, scope of work and detailed design proposals up to the start of construction
  • debate the importance of the interconnections of architecture with its cultural, theoretical, technical and historical contexts.

Work Integrated Learning

A large proportion of the Master of Architecture course is delivered in collaboration with the local architecture industry – particularly through the degree’s advanced studio units which are taught in collaboration with local practitioners. You will study ‘live’ projects and will have opportunities to network with industry leaders and emerging architects from national and local architecture firms and government agencies who will be invited to assess interim and final studio reviews of your architectural work.

Career opportunities

  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Architectural heritage specialist
  • Building designer
  • Building scientist
  • Urban designer
  • Policymaker
  • Architectural journalist, researcher or educator
  • BIM modeller
  • 3D renderer
  • Project manager

Course specific information

To undertake the Master of Architecture, students are required to have an Australian Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture) or equivalent and a credit-or-above grade average in Architecture Design Studios in the second and third year of the undergraduate degree. Other students with an Architecture degree or equivalent may be admitted with permission from the course convener, as Recognition of Prior Learning applies to this course. Alternatively, because of the design-based nature of the degree, a portfolio that indicates the design ability of the candidate may be used to determine admission eligibility.

Successful completion of both the Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture) and the Master of Architecture will enable you to pursue steps leading to professional registration as an architect in Australia.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Entry into this course requires a Bachelor of Architecture, or equivalent, and a credit (or above) grade average in the architecture design studios in the second and third year of the undergraduate degree. If the credit (or above) grade average is not met a portfolio*, submitted with the application, that indicates the design ability of the candidate may be used to determine admission eligibility. Other students with an Architecture degree or equivalent may be admitted on permission of the course convener.

*A supporting portfolio is highly recommended to any student with a below credit average grade. The portfolio should demonstrate the final four semesters of studio work or equivalent professional experience.

Assumed Knowledge

Architectural Knowledge in accord with the learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, or equivalent.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Architecture M Arch

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International

CSP/Domestic Tuition Fee (see below)


The indicative CSP Student Contribution Amount for this course is $8,100
The domestic tuition fee rate for this course is $30,000

Important Notice: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this degree for 2021 are now limited. If you wish to be considered for a CSP for this degree, you will need to apply for admission before midnight Sunday 8 November 2020. The process for allocation of CSPs in 2022 and beyond will be published in April 2021.

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols.

Domestic students have access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course. New applications will automatically be considered for a CSP, subject to the advertised admission deadline. CSPs are university places subsidised by the Australian Government. CSP students are still required to pay a discipline-based Student Contribution Amount (SCA). The indicative SCA amount above only applies to commencing students.

Government financial assistance is also available to eligible domestic students regardless of the type of place they hold. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

Accreditation by the Australian Institute of Architects, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will be able to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge in ideas central to contemporary architectural practice;
- represent complex projects using advanced communication skills to professional architects and clientele
- demonstrate advanced competency in designing and developing projects informed by contemporary urban issues.
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries

Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way
Graduates will be able to:
- critically discuss the ways contemporary digital technologies, and multiculturalism have influenced architectural design
- demonstrate specialised creative approaches and critical investigations of strategies relevant to large scale urban projects
- use advanced theories in analysing exiting urban fabric
Analysis and Inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way

Problem solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions
Graduates will be able to:
- demonstrate both advanced theoretical and specialised technical knowledge needed to secure a successful professional career as an architect
- demonstrate advanced understanding and be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad techniques required for the documentation of medium size projects
- make high level, independent judgements demonstrating the skilful implementation and modification of building technologies relevant to various stages of design development
Working Independently and with others
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively

Professionalism and social responsibility
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum ten semesters.



Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2021 YES YES


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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