Master of Architecture - Thesis

Course 052-AT (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Melbourne School of Design
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Course Overview:

This course is no longer offered. The Master of Philosophy (M Phil) is recommended as a suitable alternative course.

The Master of Architecture (by Thesis) is intended primarily for people who are already qualified in architecture and who wish to pursue research in the field. Applicants who are qualified in disciplines other than architecture are invited to apply for a Master of Planning and Design (by Thesis).

Areas of Specialisation:

  • architectural theory and design
  • architectural history and conservation
  • Asian and Australian architecture and urbanism
  • history of building construction and the architectural profession
  • environmental architecture and sustainable architecture
  • architectural management, theory and practice
  • computational models of design, geographical information systems, immersive environments


Upon completion of the degree the candidate will be able to:

  • demonstrate a capacity for articulating a research question and locating it in the context of existing architectural scholarship;
  • apply advanced skills and methodologies appropriate to a particular field of inquiry;
  • identify relevant research materials and show a capacity for sustained and discerning research in relation to them; and
  • express research findings in an effective and lucid manner appropriate to the discipline.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Candidates will normally be required to undertake a research training subject in their first semester. A candidates supervisor may also recommend a coursework component in the course of study if the candidate requires further training in a specific area. However, any coursework undertaken may be equivalent to no more than one third of the total assessment weight of the Masters degree.

Entry Requirements: Applicants are required to have a five-year undergraduate or higher degree in architecture with a minimum average of H2B(70%) in the final year. A candidate not so qualified may be required to take preliminary studies equivalent to one year full-time (100 points). Upon achieving an average of H2B (70%), the candidate may be considered for progression to Masters.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
Notes: Assessment
Major thesis 30,000 words (100 points).

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