Construct your career with a Master of Architecture (coursework)


The Master of Architecture (coursework) comprises an intensive program in design, technology, theory and professional practice, supported by a range of option units.

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Course description, features and facilities

The course emphasises the application of concepts to the design of specialised building projects, with a focus on issues that concern the servicing of complex buildings. You'll learn about the integration of the various technical systems in the making of architecture, continue your learning about professional practice and be introduced to relevant research methods.

The final stage of a professional education in Architecture requires the completion of fully resolved projects taken to a developed design stage. This involves the integration of program development, site planning and organisation, technological and servicing aspects with building planning, material selection and design detailing.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake a number of option units to increase your knowledge in specialised areas of design and architecture.

The Master of Architecture (Coursework) has replaced the Bachelor of Architecture as the professional degree in Architecture accredited in Australia (by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Architects Registration Board of WA) and validated internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

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Student profile – Thomas O'Brien

"Studying Architecture as a mature-age student was pretty daunting at first, but my studio coordinators were really helpful. I've participated in competitions with academic staff and been President of the ALVA Student Society. This is not just a university course, but a big part of my life". 

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Design with majors in Architecture and Integrated Design, or equivalent as recognised by the faculty, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 72 points.

Take all units (18 points):

S1ARCT4430Architectural Technology, Structures and Services
S2ARCT4440Project Implementation and Documentation
S1ARCT4461Architectural Practice

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 36 points to a maximum of 60 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 78 points:

Group A

S1, S2, SSARCT5001Architectural Design 5a (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5002Architectural Design 5b (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5003Architectural Design 5c (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5004Architectural Design 5d (12 points)
S1, S2, SSARCT5005Architectural Studio 5e (12 points)
N/AARCT5010Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2ARCT5011Independent Research Part 2
S1, S2ARCT5502Independent Design Research (12 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 12 points to a maximum of 30 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 78 points:

Group B

S1, S2ARCT4470Architectural Research Seminar
N/AARCT5010Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2ARCT5011Independent Research Part 2
S1, S2ARCT5012Independent Research by Dissertation (12 points)
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
S2ARCT5511Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
N/AARCT5513Operating Systems for a New Architectural Era
N/AARCT5514Practical and Theoretical Problems in Global Design Practice (B): History/Theory Stream
N/AARCT5516Daguerre to Digital
S2ARCT5517Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject
S2ARCT5528Delivering Good Design
N/AARCT5529Forensic Architecture
N/AARCT5530The Single Family House as a Bourgeois Manifesto
N/AARCT5531Suburban Cultures
S1ARCT5583Introduction to Architectural Conservation
N/AARCT5585City as Site
S2ARCT5586Australian Architecture in a global setting
N/AARCT5587Urban Design
S1ARCT5595Digital Design Journal
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism (Twentieth and Twenty-first Century)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
S1URBD5808Case Studies in Urban Design

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 6 points to a maximum of 24 points from this group. Total units completed from option groups A, B and C must equal 78 points:

Group C

N/AARCT5010Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2ARCT5011Independent Research Part 2
S1, S2ARCT5012Independent Research by Dissertation (12 points)
N/AARCT5503Built Work: Architecture in Construction
S1ARCT5508Practical Building Conservation
N/AARCT5512Architectural Technical Resolution
N/AARCT5515High Density: the Urban Model
S1ARCT5518BIM Workflows
S2ARCT5519Independent Design Development
S2ARCT5520Drawing Resilience
N/AARCT5532Practical and Theoretical Problems in Global Design Practice (A): Professional and Technical Stream
N/AARCT5533Studies in Complex Structures
N/AARCT5534Innovations in Thermal Performance and Natural Ventilation Systems in Complex Buildings
S1ARCT5535Generative Fabrication
S2ARCT5536Photo Real Rendering
S1ARCT5580Key Texts—Virtual
S2ARCT5581Key Texts
S2ARCT5589Architecture of Furniture
N/AARCT5590Architectural Studies
N/AARCT5592Timber in Architecture
S1ARCT5593The Architecture of Furniture in Production
S1ARCT5595Digital Design Journal

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Professional recognition

Following completion of the course, graduates must undertake a minimum of two years' professional work experience under the direction of a registered architect and then pass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) before being eligible to register as an architect in Australia.

Graduates should refer to the Architects Board of Western Australia for registration requirements. This qualification is also widely recognised overseas. For further information see and

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Career opportunities

Majors in Architecture and Integrated Design provide a range of employment opportunities including work as an:

    Urban Designer (with further study)
    Architectural Draftsperson
    Architectural Educator/Academic
    Government Policy Advisor


Working in:

    Architectural and urban design practice
    City and regional planning
    Government agencies
    Higher education
    Property development
    Architectural illustration & modelling


Related careers

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Further study opportunities

Master of Architecture (Design), Master of Architecture (Research),

Master of Urban Design (Dissertation and Coursework), Doctor of Architecture (Design), Doctor of Philosophy

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

English competency

See the full list of English Language Requirements.
Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

Additional Information

- Students with the appropriate undergraduate architecture studies will be required to complete two years' of full-time or equivalent study; or

- Students without an architectural background will be required to complete up to 3.5 years of full-time or equivalent study.

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

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Master of Architecture - Coursework: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Standard full-time completion
2 years (with completed undergraduate major in Architecture)
The course duration will be longer (up to 3.5 years full time) for graduates without previous studies in architecture.
Maximum time to complete
7 years
Contact details: course information
Student Office
Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts Building Nedlands Campus
6488 4649
Course code
060407B, 060406C, 084738G