The Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney builds on the skills acquired in your undergraduate degree and prepares you for registration as an architect. This degree produces graduates who are forward thinking, adaptable and at the forefront of the changing trends of the architecture industry. You will be challenged to expand your conceptual and creative skills while being grounded in the professional requirements essential for practice after graduation.
This degree operates around a series of studios that require students to engage at a graduate level with projects with an emphasis on research, design and vision. Student work is defined by the rigours of industry practice and surveys the social, environmental, practical and aesthetic needs of the brief while working within the larger context of architectural theory and philosophy. You will develop expertise across design, technology and theory which will form the basis of your approach and response to architectural projects and practice. There is one studio per semester as follows:
The first three studios lead to the Graduation Studio in the final semester of study which is a based around a largely self-driven project. Students also undertake subjects that explore the historical, technological and theoretical aspects of architecture and investigate the critical issues facing contemporary architectural design.
The Master of Architecture is a 2-year full-time program (part-time option available on request), consisting of 96 credit points. It is taught by some of the world leaders in architecture education and on graduation, you will join distinguished alumni who have gone on to become major figures in the architecture world both in Australia and internationally. You will have a dedicated Master of Architecture studio space which you may access 24 hours a day. Students also have access to 24 hour computer labs, the latest digital fabrication equipment, wood and metal workshops as well as a number of art studios. There is also opportunities for international exchange in the first three semesters of the program with a number of prestigious institutions worldwide.
Expertise and Extensive Facilities
To make the most of your studies, you need the latest, best and most extensive range of tools for fabrication, prototyping and digital design. The Faculty’s Design, Modelling & Fabrication Lab is the home of our unrivalled fabrication facilities. Laser cutters, CNC routers, woodworking, robotics and metalworking equipment can all be found in the hive of activity that are our workshops and fabrication laboratories.
The DMaF Lab is staffed by a diverse and talented set of directors who know all aspects of their respective fabrication laboratories. Far from just technicians who know how to fix the machines, the Design, Modelling & Fabrication Lab staff are all designers in their own right, having studied design at a variety of institutions around the world. This means you get so much more than just technical help – you get co-collaborators that can assist you to make your models a physical reality.
Your access to the Lab isn’t just limited to your time with us – we offer the expertise and equipment to our alumni on an ongoing basis. It’s another way that the community in the Faculty extends far beyond your study.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Architecture will have completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.
Students who have completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Sydney must have completed the Master of Architecture prerequisite unit of study BDES3025 and have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65.
Students who have completed an equivalent undergraduate architecture degree at another university will require a credit average (65% or equivalent) over the final two years of their degree, and must submit a portfolio of work to the Faculty.
What Should You Include in Your Master of Architecture Application Portfolio?
Applicants who have not achieved 65% in their University of Sydney undergraduate degree, or applicants who studied outside of the University of Sydney, should submit a portfolio showcasing their academic work and/or work experience.
Entry to the University of Sydney is competitive, and your portfolio will be carefully considered to ensure graduates of our program are of the highest standard and continue to be highly regarded by the Architectural industry across the globe.
Your work should include the best projects created during your undergraduate degree (English translation, if required), to display your skills as a designer, as well as design communication skills.
Students who have current work experience can include group projects on which they have contributed, ensuring they clearly outline the tasks and input they had in the work.
Portfolios should be no longer than 15 digital A3 or A4 pages, saved in PDF format under 10Mb in file size, and clearly labelled ‘Portfolio’ with your University of Sydney application number and full name. This can then be directly uploaded to your online application.
Students who have undertaken either professional work experience, field study in relation to architecture, international exchange units or a postgraduate qualification in a related discipline should also include details in letter or CV format to support their application.
Architectural experience recommendation
It is a recommendation that students complete at least 18 weeks of documented work experience prior to undertaking the final year of the Master of Architecture (although not compulsory).
Registration as an architect in Australia requires at least two years of documented professional experience. At least one of these years must be completed after completing the Master of Architecture.
To find out more on becoming a registered architect in Australia, whether you studied within Australia or gained your current qualification overseas, please visit Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.
The University of Sydney offers you some amazing opportunities to travel the world, all while studying your degree! Student exchange is available for one semester within the first 3 semesters, however all students must complete the fourth semester at the University of Sydney. Find out more at the dedicated exchange webpage about how to plan your exchange.
English Language Requirements
All programs within the Architecture School of the faculty demand a high level of English Language proficiency to ensure students are able to fully express their design work or research successfully, both verbally and in written format.
The English Language scores required for admission to our programs are as follows:
IELTS: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band
TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 600 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing.
TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 100 overall including a minimum result of 22 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 23 in Writing.
For more information on how to apply as an international student, including detailed language requirements and student scholarships, please visit the International Student Office webpage.
Building your English Language Skills for Study with us.
The Centre for English Teaching is a dedicated school for English teaching which offers long or short programs to help you reach the required English language levels. Discover the range of CET pathway programs here: sydney.edu.au/cet/
How to Apply
Application deadline: Semester 1 - 31 January of the same year. Semester 2 - 18 July of the same year.
Late applications may be considered if there are available places.
Commonwealth Supported Places are limited.
Online applications can be completed through courses online.
Deadline: Semester 1 - 31 January of the same year. Semester 2 - 18 July of the same year.
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate Scholarship deadlines apply. Please check the relevant website for details.
Online applications can be completed through courses online.