About

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:

  • Urban Architecture

  • Sustainble Architecture

  • Digital Architecture

  • Graduation Studio

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.

Career Prospects

For students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (or an equivalent architecture program elsewhere), the Master of Architecture degree is a necessary step towards becoming a registered architect. Graduates from related design programs, such as landscape architecture, interior architecture or architectural computing will need to complete a Bachelor of Design in Architecture before undertaking the Master of Architecture, however it is possible for students to receive up to two years credit, depending on the program of study undertaken and your academic results.

Curriculum

Core Units Core Code Core Name Credit Points Semester Offered
MARC4001 Urban Architecture Research Studio 12 1/2
MARC4002 Sustainable Architecture Research Studio 12 1/2
MARC4003 Digital Architecture Research Studio 12 1/2
MARC5001 Graduation Studio 12 1/2
MARC4101 Advanced Technologies 1 6 1
MARC4102 Modern Architectural Theory 6 1
MARC5101 Advanced Technologies 2 6 2
MARC4201 Modern Architectural History 6 2
MARC5102 Contract Documentation 6 2
Elective Units
Students complete 18 credit points in electives (usually 3 units of study) Elective units can be taken from the following fields within Architecture, Design and Planning or (with permission) from other faculties within the University:
Architectural Design
Architectural History and Theory
Architectural Science and Technologies
Art and Architecture Workshops
Digital Architecture Design and Fabrication
Heritage Conservation and Urban Planning
Professional Practice
Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism
Urban Architecture and Design

Profiles

Alma Jacobson

“I wanted to come to Australia and I wanted to come to Sydney. The University of Sydney was the obvious choice. I did some research and I compared the different universities and I looked at the student works. The level of students at the University of Sydney seemed to be very high. Sydney was the only University to which I applied.

I think Architecture is very interesting because it's such a social profession. It affects everyone: communities and our standard of living. Everything revolves around the buildings in which we live and work and the environment we create in cities. It's so important to design buildings that are sustainable because they are going to be there for 50, 100, 200 years. I think it's really important that architecture has these good qualities.

The way we're being taught is very design and socially oriented. As it should be: architecture affects everyone. That's one of the reasons that I chose this program. I think it's so important that an architect is aware of the people that are going to use the building and how people that surround it are going to be affected. Sometimes architecture is a lot about form and shapes and the idea of something, creating shadows, different shapes or a feeling, but it's so much more to it. I think probably not a lot of architects are aware of the social aspects.

Admissions

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.

Format

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.

Student Exchange

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/

Student Work

Oliver Hessian
"Brutalist Seed”

Brutalist Seed imagines an interpretation of Brutalist Architecture designed with current construction techniques for a future density scenario in North Sydney. Using an existing Brutalist building as its origin the large-scale development inherits genetic traits from its predecessor and grows into three subtly different volumes. The proposal incorporates a mixed program; including a café, restaurants and bar, cinema complex, office space, grocers, retail, swimming facilities and shared gardens supported by a range of residential accommodation above.

Carly Martin
“Green Square Public Library”

Working within the state of the imagined site, or the blank slate evokes new possibilities for every aspect of social, political and architectural creation. Whilst liberating, complete removal of a site’s context results in an abrupt disconnection between a place and its inherent traces – such as its civic identity and memory. A newly created or manufactured identity must result, and the fluidity of ontogenical urban processes is interrupted.

In the case of a site currently defined by its industrial landscape, erasure likely would result in a particular alienation between the site’s history and its future. This evokes questions about the role of memory within a physical landscape. How might architecture embed a region’s identity and memory within its constitutive fabric? What dynamic relationships can evolve between the past, present and future?

Cameron Halls
"Sydney Design Centre”

Utilising the inherent angularity of the tetrahedron, the project explores the range of spaces created through the projection of parallel planes through the initial form. Ordered, imbalanced, enclosed and exposed spaces are thus produced, with the implication being that the vertical configuration of spaces is downplayed in favour of a more three-dimensional or sculptural approach, which allows greater spatial variation to be achieved.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

Application deadline: Semester 1 - 31 January of the same year. Semester 2 - 30 June 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.

International Students

Deadline: Semester 1 - 31 January of the same year. Semester 2 - 30 June 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.

Ask a Question

Domestic Students

If you're a domestic student and you still need more information, you can Ask a Question through the Sydney Student Form.

International Students

International Students are able to make enquiries through the International Office.