The Master of Architecture provides professional education in the practice and theory of architecture. Our degree delivers a well-rounded architectural education appropriate to contemporary multidisciplinary professional practice, building on the solid disciplinary foundation established in the Bachelor or Architectural Studies. In addition, it allows you to choose one of four course streams, to tailor your education to specific areas of the discipline. These are: High Performance Technology, Housing, Urban Conditions or Social Agency.

The degree provides you with advanced knowledge in techniques in architectural design, as well as related technical and academic knowledge. With a world-class teaching staff, a structure developed in consultation with industry and our distinctive stream options, you will be well prepared to operate at a professional level in the practice of architecture and other design-based industries.

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Why choose this degree?

In addition to professional accreditation and the four distinctive streams, the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment is the only faculty in Australia with a Pritzker Prize winner on our teaching staff Professor Glenn Murcutt, a UNSW alumnus.

Who should choose this degree?

Anyone who intends to become a professional architect or to work in other capacities in design and the built environment should choose this Masters program.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Private Architectural Practice
  • Commercial Architectural Practice with Diverse Areas of Focus
  • Architect in Heritage, High Performance Architectural Technology or Humanitarian Architecture
  • Expert Consultant in Government and Policy and Environment
  • Multidisciplinary Design Practice
  • Architectural Critic, Journalist, Historian and Academic

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

Once you attain your Master of Architecture degree you will have professional recognition from the NSW Architects Registration Board and Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA). You will be eligible, after a recognised period working in a professional setting, to undertake the Professional Practice exam to become a registered Architect.

Entry requirements

Admission is available to students with a first degree from a nationally accredited undergraduate program (or equivalent) in Architecture, together with evidence of a capacity to consistently achieve grades at credit level or higher.

Applicants from international universities are required to provide a portfolio of their design work. The portfolio should include sample works from various stages of the applicant's undergraduate degree, text should accompany all drawings/images to explain the projects. The portfolio must be in digital format.

The different categories of eligible applicants and their specific admission requirements are outlined below:

  1. A 65 credit average (or equivalent) in applicant's undergraduate architecture degree, OR
  2. Applicants who have completed the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (or equivalent) but do not meet the entry requirements specified above may be considered after they have obtained work experience in an architectural office. Work experience will be individually assessed based on the following submission:
  • A logbook record of a minimum 12 months full-time work or the equivalent.
  • A referee report from the employer
  • A portfolio of the work undertaken during this period OR
  1. UNSW Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) graduates will meet entry requirements for the Master of Architecture 8143 if they complete the architecture elective pathway in the Bachelor of Interior Architecture (3256) degree. Students will need to complete the following courses as part of this pathway, and achieve an overall WAM of 65. These courses will count as electives in their Bachelor of Interior Architecture program:
  • ARCH1311 Architectural Studio 5
  • ARCH1302 Architectural Studio 6
  • ARCH1261: Structures and Construction 2
  • ARCH1322 Architectural History and Theory 3
  • ARCH1361 Architectural Science and Building Environment 2

Applicants looking to commence studies in architecture should apply for the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (3261) program.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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