The UQ School of Architecture was ranked 43rd in the world in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. The School was also placed in the top three Australian universities for architecture in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.
During your studies 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.
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.
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:
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.
The School of Architecture awards more than $55,000 in scholarships and prizes annually.
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 very best and very latest ideas.
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.
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.
“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
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.
BArchDes from UQ or an approved degree (with GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale) OR
BArchDes from UQ or approved degree (with GPA of at least 4.0 on a 7 point scale), and 6 months professional experience (subject to approval of Executive Dean).
Applicants holding qualifications other than BArchDes (UQ) must submit a portfolio of designs.
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 the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.
Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:
The Master of Architecture is accredited by:
While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.
Graduates of the Master of Architecture have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:
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