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Master of  Architecture

Program code: 5429

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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 49th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. The School was also placed in the top three Australian universities for architecture in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.


  • Teaching staff

    Award-winning teachers

    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.

  • 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

    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 (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

Practicals, placements and internships

Applicants with a BArchDes from UQ or approved degree, with GPA less than 4.5 will be required to complete 6 months professional experience (subject to approval by the Executive Dean).

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Architecture pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,200
Indicative fee 2019

An "indicative annual fee" is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Architecture at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Visit Student contributions and 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)


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Architecture can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

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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Additional application information

Allocations of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for postgraduate programs commenced in 2019 are yet to be determined by the Australian Government. Once allocations are determined, offers for CSPs in this program will be allocated on the basis of academic merit. The first offer round for CSPs will follow the application closing date for on time applications. If further CSP places are available, there will be a second offer round prior to the commencement of the program. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Accreditation and recognition of architecture programs is jointly conducted by the Board of Architects of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Architects. The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) maintains a listing of all accredited courses in Australia.

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 - June 30 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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