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Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) and Master of Architecture

Overview

If you are passionate about learning and aspire to be a groundbreaking thinker in the practice of architecture, this limited-intake, five-year combined degree is a fast track to achieving your goals.

This double degree combines the undergraduate Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDesArch) with the postgraduate Master of Architecture (MArch). You will additionally attain undergraduate Honours, which otherwise requires an additional full year of study.

As a graduate, you will be highly regarded in the architectural profession for your rigorous, critical thought, and for your creativity. The double degree advances these attributes, and further empowers you to become a leader in your profession. You will master the array of skills required in current architectural practice, and just as importantly, the research focus of the embedded Honours component will equip you with the intellectual rigour and dexterity to challenge current orthodoxy and drive the profession forward in innovative ways.

Future career pathways for graduates could include employment in world renowned architectural practices, related built environment sectors or academia and research.

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Double degree students undertake all subjects in the areas of architectural design, history and theory, communications, technology and professional practice that are core to the stand-alone BDesArch and MArch degrees. At the same time you will undertake a select suite of research-rich subjects that lead to undergraduate Honours.

Critical Thinking in Architecture cultivates key skills and cultural competencies relating to the important role of critical inquiry in architecture. Research Methods in Architecture advances students’ working knowledge of the different modes of research employed in architecture – from the humanities to the sciences to research by design.

The culmination of the Honours component is the Architecture Dissertation. It provides students with the opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research on a topic in architecture of your own choosing under the individual supervision of an academic with expertise in the area. The dissertation may take the form of a traditional thesis, or of a scientific report, or a studio design supported by a textual exposition that theorises and contextualises the work.

Indicative course progression table 

Year 1
Unit code     Unit of study Sem    CP   
BDES1026 Architecture Studio 1A 1 12
BDES1011 Architectural History/Theory 1                       1 6
ELEC1 Elective 1 6
BDES1027 Architecture Studio 1B 2 12
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 2 6
  Honours Intensive Studio 1 2 6
Year 2
Unit code     Unit of study         Sem    CP    
BDES2026 Architecture Studio 2A 1 12
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies              1 6
ELEC2 Elective 1 6
BDES2027 Architecture Studio 2B 2 12
BDES2024 Art Processes 2 6
  Honours Intensive Studio 2                            2 6
Year 3
Unit code     Unit of study Sem    CP  
BDES3026 Architecture Studio 3A 1 12
BDES3011 Architectural History/Theory 3 1 6
  Critical Thinking 1 6
BDES3027 Architecture Studio 3B 2 12
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice.                2 6
  Architecture research areas: 
1. Design
2. History and Theory
3. Technologies
2 6
Year 4
Unit code     Unit of study Sem    CP 
MARC4003 Digital Architecture Research Studio     1 12
MARC4101 Advanced Technologies 1 1 6
  Research Methods in Architecture 1 6
MARC4001 Urban Architecture Research Studio               2 12
  Architecture Dissertation 2 12
Year 5
Unit code     Unit of study Sem    CP
MARC4001 Sustainable Architecture Research Studio      1 12
MARC4201 Modern Architectural History 1 12
MARC5101 Advanced Technologies 2 1 12
MARC 5001 Graduation Studio 2 12
MARC 4102  Modern Architectural Theory 2 6
MARC5102 Contract Documentation 2 6


Credit points required per semester: 24
Total credit points required to complete degree: 240 Indicative progression based on a Semester 1 enrolment.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

1. Progression to the fourth year Honours component requirements:

  • A weighted average mark of at least 70 across all units of study in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture
  • You will need to develop a dissertation topic 
  • Confirmation from an appropriate member of full-time or fractional academic or research staff that they are willing to supervise you


2. Progression to the Master of Architecture requirements:

  • Credit average across all units in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture
  • Completion of the Master of Architecture prerequisite unit of study, BDES3025 Architecture
  • Professional Practice

Assumed knowledge

English (Advanced) and Mathematics.

Applying for honours

As the Honours program is a compulsory part of this degree, students will not need to make a separate application for entry. Students will however be expected to maintain marks of a commensurate level to qualify for Honours.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of your secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

You will be ranked by merit against other candidates, and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Professional accreditation

When you graduate from this program, you will be entitled to registration as an architect under the Architects Act 1921 (NSW), subject to obtaining two years of approved practical experience, at least 12 months of which must be subsequent to graduation, and passing an architectural practice examination before registration. 

As a student, you are eligible for student membership of the Australian Institute of Architects. Here you will receive each issue of Architecture Australia, the New South Wales chapter Bulletin, and the AIA News. You may also attend Institute functions. Admission to Associate Membership of the Australian Institute of Architects is based on two years approved practical experience.

Graduate opportunities

Becoming a registered architect will open the world to you as the work of architects is no longer confined by geography. As a graduate, opportunities lie both within Australia and overseas, with a number of our past students having great successes internationally. By engaging with the environment, community and needs of clients and stakeholders, work as an architect can have a profound effect on people’s lives around the world.

Future Study

This degree can lead students to further research at the University of Sydney, in the form of a PhD, MPhil or practice-based Design PhD. The School of Architecture, Design and Planning places a high emphasis on its research activity. We have a vibrantly diverse community of scholars and practitioners, many who have taken national and international leadership roles in their fields. The school offers the opportunity to pursue research degrees, both MPhil and PhD in four disciplines: architecture, architectural & design science, design lab, and urban & regional planning & policy. Candidates may elect to study in any of these fields, or to pursue interdisciplinary studies in a combination of fields with the faculty or between the faculty and elsewhere in the university. The University and the school have formal links, including exchange agreements and memoranda of understanding, with institutions throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and North America, these translate into research opportunities for students as well as staff. We support these degrees with a wide range of resources, including extensively equipped laboratories and comprehensive workshop facilities.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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