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Master of  Architecture

Program code: 5429
CRICOS code: 060311K


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

The Master of Architecture is the university qualification you need for professional practice. If you're looking to complete your education at one of the most exciting architecture schools in Australia – this is the program for you.

  • The Master of Architecture will develop the advanced design, technical and professional skills relevant to the practice of architecture. The program is accredited by all Australian state and territory architect registration boards.
  • Choose from a range of courses that will develop your ideas about, and abilities in, contemporary architectural practice. Courses cover topics such as housing and density, civic buildings and public space, and commercial architecture.
  • Study at the School of Architecture, which is a national leader in architectural education and research. We encourage students to explore and develop their independence and curiosity. Many of our graduates go on to become leaders in the profession.
  • Learn from experts who are passionate about architectural education. The School brings together professional architects and leading researchers who have strong local industry links and work to advance the discipline of architecture internationally.

The Master of Architecture will prepare you for a dynamic profession where you'll provide design solutions for the many questions facing our cities and environments.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The UQ School of Architecture was ranked 62nd in the world by subject in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The School was also placed in the top five Australian universities for architecture in the 2018 ERA Outcomes.


  • Teaching staff

    Award-winning teachers

    You'll be taught by leading academics, local and international architects, and visiting researchers. In 2015, one of our professors, Paul Memmot, was awarded the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Award – the highest accolade for teaching from the Australian Institute of Architects.

  • Teaching spaces

    Studio culture

    Studio culture

    UQ is one of the few Australian universities to offer dedicated 24/7 design studios for students. The studios are the principal learning space for students, alongside the workshop, and fabrication and computer labs for testing your ideas and developing your designs.

  • Why study

    Hear from MArch students

Career outcomes

In order to legally call yourself an "architect", you have to register with a state or territory architect registration board.

There are eight boards in Australia – the Master of Architecture is accredited by all of them.

Each state and territory has its own specific requirements for registration.

Typically, these requirements involve: the completion of an accredited degree, a period of professional experience, and satisfactory completion of the Architectural Practice Examination.

Our graduates can be found in major leading design practices in Australia and around the world.

Graduates have also found opportunities managing property development and building companies, working as architectural photographers and visualisers, and editing architecture journals.

In general, architects can work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Work might involve residential buildings, commercial buildings, public infrastructure, or non-building work.

Other areas include:

  • Heritage and conservation
  • Construction and project management
  • Interior design
  • Urban planning
  • Research and education
  • Consultancy work.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Why study

    Scholarship opportunities

    The School of Architecture awards more than $55,000 in scholarships and prizes annually.

    Find out more
  • Research

    Research leaders

    The School of Architecture is home to two leading research centres: the Centre for Architecture Theory, Criticism and History and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre. Our research fuels our teaching, which means you'll learn the best and latest ideas. 


  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of California, University College Dublin, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Beyond the classroom

    Student exhibition

    Student exhibition

    Every year the School showcases the best works from our architecture students. The exhibition is sponsored by major industry partners and brings together Brisbane's architectural community to review our graduates' work and celebrate. 

  • Alumni
    “I really enjoyed the curriculum because it provided a mix between design studios and practical subjects... During my studies, I was able to work at architectural practices part-time, which helped me obtain a better understanding about my profession, and allowed me to apply my academic knowledge to industrial practice.” Anh Ho, MArch (2015)
    Graduate architect, Conrad Gargett
  • Beyond the classroom

    UQ Architecture lecture series

    Each year, the School of Architecture, in collaboration with the SLQ's Asia Pacific Design Library, coordinates a lecture series featuring internationally renowned speakers. Lectures aren't just about presenting established superstars, but also discovering rising ones, who are creating new knowledge and exciting designs.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor of Architectural Design from UQ or degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in Architecture with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale

OR Bachelor of Architectural Design from UQ or degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in Architecture with a GPA of at least 4.0 on a 7 point scale and 6 months full time postgraduate work experience.

Applicants holding qualifications other than BArchDes from UQ must have a minimum GPA of 5 in each of the two most recent design courses in architectural studies at either Bachelor or Master level.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Architecture are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Architecture are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Architecture. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Architects

Accreditation body

The Master of Architecture is accredited by:

  • Board Of Architects Of Queensland And The Australian Institute Of Architects

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Architecture have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $40,640
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Architecture for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • There may be additional course costs associated with travel or materials.
  • Books, technical notes etc (approx $150)
  • Consumables, paper, pens etc (approx $100-200)


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Master of Architecture can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Architecture is 5429. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Architecture is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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