Postgraduate coursework

Overview

This section details the graduate coursework degrees available within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, with the exception of the Master of Architecture professional degree, which is discussed in a separate section.

Courses

The following postgraduate coursework degrees are offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's level:

  • Architectural Science
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Interaction Design and Electronic Arts
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urbanism.

Streams

Some of the degrees require or allow streams to be completed. In order to complete a stream, a student must study a minimum set of prescribed core and optional units of study which build expertise in that area. The units of study are listed in Table G, 'Graduate units of study'. The following degrees offer streams:

Architectural Science
  • Audio and Acoustics
  • Building Services (Graduate Certificate only)
  • Facilities Management (Graduate Certificate only)
  • High Performance Buildings
  • Illumination Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • combination of any two Architectural Science streams.
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Heritage Conservation
  • also available without specialisation
Master of Urbanism
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regionnal Planning

Admission

Applicants for Urban Design must hold a professional degree in architecture or a degree in landscape architecture, urban planning or a similar, related field, and submit a portfolio of work indicating relevant design interests and capacities to the satisfaction of the stream coordinator. Applicants for other degrees are normally expected to hold a bachelor degree from this or another university. Where this degree is not directly relevant to the chosen field applicants may be asked to furnish evidence that they are suitably qualified for the course. Applicants without a bachelor degree may be admitted to the graduate certificate on a probationary basis. If they achieve an average mark in excess of 70 they may apply for admission to the graduate diploma or master’s level.

Articulation from graduate certificate or diploma to master’s

Students are encouraged to enrol into the degree and stream that they intend to complete. If you wish to complete a master’s degree you should apply for the master's program. However, the postgraduate degrees are articulated, allowing easy progression (or regression) from the graduate certificate to the graduate diploma or master’s degree, or vice versa. The main difference between the level of award is the total number of credit points required, as well as the number of core, optional and elective units of study required. A student who begins with a graduate certificate can easily upgrade to a higher award. A student who begins with a master’s degree but decides not to continue may be able to graduate with a graduate diploma or graduate certificate.

Master’s degrees requiring 72 and 96 credit points

Most of the master’s degrees listed here require 72 credit points, or 1.5 years of full-time study. However, the following master's degrees require 96 credit points, or two years of full-time study, and allow the combination of two programs:

  • Master of Urbanism (Heritage Conservation)
  • Master of Urbanism (Urban Design)
  • Master of Urbanism (Urban and Regionnal Planning)
  • Master of Architectural Science (combination of any two Architectural Science streams)

The same principles of articulation apply: a candidate enrolled in a 72 credit point master’s can upgrade to an appropriate 96 credit point master’s, and vice-versa. However, students intending to complete a 96 credit point master’s degree are advised to plan this carefully from the beginning of their candidature to ensure they can complete all requirements in a timely fashion.

Graduation

Students who choose to articulate their program will only graduate with the highest qualification they achieve. Candidates should note that the Master of Urbanism with stream and Master of Architectural Science with two streams leads to the award of one master's degree only.

Degree requirements summary

The following summary is subordinate to the full set of resolutions of the faculty and the resolutions specific to each program. It does not contain all of the terms of candidature. Students are strongly advised to read the full resolutions and monitor their progress through their course.

Master’s degrees 72 credit points selected from Table G, 'Graduate units of study', comprised of core, optional and elective units to the number specified in the following table of requirements. A full-time student will finish the program in three semesters, except:

Master of Architectural Science (two streams) 96 credit points selected from Table G, 'Graduate units of study'. The candidate must decide which of the two streams is primary, and meet the core and optional requirements for that stream as specified in the 'Table of Requirements'. The candidate must decide which of the two streams is secondary, and meet the core requirements for that stream as specified in the 'Table of requirements'. A unit that is common to the requirements of both streams may count towards the requirements for both streams, but may only count once in the total credit points for the degree. A full-time student will finish the program in four semesters.

Graduate diplomas 48 credit points from Table G, 'Graduate units of study', comprised of core, optional and elective units to the number specified in the following 'Table of Requirements'. A full-time student will finish the program in two semesters.

Graduate certificates 24 credit points from Table G, 'Graduate units of study', comprised of core, optional and elective units to the number specified in the following 'Table of Requirements'. A full-time student will finish the program in one semester.

Core, optional and elective
In Table G, 'Graduate units of study', units have been listed as core or optional. The core and optional units are the set of units from which you must choose to satisfy the minimum requirements for the degree. Elective units may be chosen from anywhere in the table, including those listed as core or optional for other programs. There is also a section at the start of the table listing miscellaneous elective units that are not specially designated as core or optional for any program. The 'Table of Requirements' defines the combinations of core, optional and elective units for each program.

Core units completed in excess of the minimum requirements may count as optional or elective units. Optional units completed in excess of the minimum requirements may count as electives.

Study in other faculties

Students in the graduate diploma or master’s programs may request permission to substitute up to 18 credit points worth of units of study with graduate units from other programs in the University or from other universities. Permission must be requested in advance.

Table of Requirements

 

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma

Master

Course/stream

Min. Core

Min. Options

Max. Elective

Min. Core

Min. Options

Max. Elective

Min. Core

Min. Options

Max. Elective

Certificate, Diploma, Master of Design Science

Audio and Acoustics

18

6

0

24

18

6

24

18

30

Building*

24

0

0

30

0

18

36

0

36

Building Services

18

6

0

24

12

12

36

12

24

Facilities Management^ - - - - - - 36 - -

Illumination Design

24

0

0

36

6

6

36

18

18

Sustainable Design

18

6

0

24

12

12

24

18

30

Certificate, Diploma, Master of Facilities Management
 

18

0

6

24

12

12

36

18

18

Certificate, Diploma, Master of Heritage Conservation

 

18

6

0

30

6

12

42

18

12

Certificate, Diploma, Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts
  18 0 6 36 0 12 48 0 24

Certificate, Diploma, Masters in Urban Design

 

18

0

6

36

0

12

54

0

18

Architectural and Urban Design - - - - - - 78 0 18
Urban Design and Planning

-

-

-

-

-

-

78

0

18

Certificate, Diploma, Masters in Urban and Regional Planning

 

18

0

6

24

0

24

54

0

18

Heritage Conservation

-

-

-

-

-

-

48

18

6

* Last admission Semester 2, 2008.

^ Facilities Management is available only as a secondary stream in the Master of Design Science.