Master of Architecture

Course 052AT (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015
CRICOS Code: 002522B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.




Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

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

Learning Outcomes:

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:

The Melbourne School of Design is the graduate school of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. It offers professional entry programs in Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Property and Urban Planning. It offers specialist development programs in Property Valuation, Planning and Design and in Urban Design.

The Melbourne School of Design welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is the University and Faculty (Architecture, Building and Planning) policy to take reasonable steps to make reasonable adjustments so as to enable students’ participation in degrees offered by the Melbourne School of Design (MSD).

A candidate for degrees offered in the MSD must have abilities and skills which include the following: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and
behavioural and social. Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability, however, particularly at Masters level, students need to be able to participate in programs in an independent manner and with regard to their safety and the safety of others.

(i) Observation: Candidates must be able to read text, diagrams, maps, drawings and numerical data. Candidates should be able to observe details at a number of scales and to record useful observations of environmental contexts.

(ii) Communication: Candidates should be able to communicate with fellow students, professional and academic staff, members of relevant professions and the public. Candidates
must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing.

(iii) Motor: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from environmental contexts. Off campus investigations may include visits to construction sites,
urban, rural and/or remote environments. Candidates should have sufficient motor ability to prepare documentation of analytic texts, drawings and models of findings and for the
preparation of proposals for environmental interventions via digital or other means. Candidates should have the ability to actively participate in appropriate site and/or design
studio-based activities.

(iv) Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, synthesis and, importantly, the ability to
interpret results of such work. Problem resolution, the critical skill demanded of graduates, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, given the disciplines pursued in the
MSD, candidates should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships in environmental structures of a wide range of scales –
from smaller than the individual through individual buildings and urban spaces to large geographic areas. Further, graduate study entails learning to master one’s own abilities and
skills and to deploy them strategically. This requires further developing skills in both reflective and reflexive thinking and being able to practice these skills.

(v) Behavioural and Social Attributes: A candidate must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are
required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating
interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit.

Graduate Attributes: Refer to University of Melbourne graduate attributes located at
Notes: Assessment
Major thesis 30,000 words (100 points).

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