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Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 37,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Study at an institution that has its degrees ranked in the World Top 150 for Architecture and the Built Environment1.
  • UniSA has a 5 star rating for student skills development in Architecture and Built Environment2.
  • Study with SA's No.1 University for graduate careers in Architecture and Built Environment3.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research – UniSA's research in design is ranked world class4.
  • Work in award-winning, purpose-designed facilities including dedicated design studios and workshops.
  • Study in a contemporary and dynamic setting with students from the related fields of art, design and planning.
  • Learn from internationally-renowned and experienced teachers who are also practicing architects.
  • Pursue specific areas of interest through research and electives.
  • Engage in real-life projects through our award-winning student Design and Construct learning experience - the longest running and largest practice-based teaching program of its type in Australia.
  • Benefit from our strong relationships with local, national and international industry. 
  • UniSA is home to Australia’s only architecture museum filled with over 200,000 items, including records, drawing and photographs.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by co-enrolling in the Master of Design during or after completing the Master of Architecture, focusing on sustainable design or design and construct.

12020 QS Subject Rankings
22020 Good Universities Guide – Architecture and Building
3ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
4Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This professionally accredited degree provides advanced learning in architecture design and how it relates to the environment, culture and technology.

During your studies you will refine your technical and communication skills, and solve increasingly complex design problems. A focus on student-directed learning will also see you specialise in a specific area of interest through your choice of electives and research. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take part in the award-winning Student Design and Construct program, where you will engage in real-life projects.

Our alumni work across the globe, from small boutique practices to leading international firms.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This master degree will provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of construction systems; digital design and communication; sustainable strategies; architectural practice; and the historical and theoretical contexts that shape our built environment. There is also a strong practical focus - in studio classes you will design complex projects, as well as undertake research and hands-on learning through industry placements.

To successfully graduate from this degree you must complete a total of 12 courses, including advanced design studios, and courses focusing on research, theory and practice management. Three elective courses offer the opportunity for specialisation and include options in sustainable design, urban design, digital media, international study tours and industry placements.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Architectural Design Studio (Environment) ARCH 4033 9 Note(s): 4
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Architectural Design Studio (Construction) ARCH 4008 9 Note(s): 4
AAD Research Practices ARCH 5052 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Architectural Design Research Studio (Context) ARCH 4002 9 Note(s): 4
Professional Architectural Practice ARCH 5035 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Architectural Design Research Studio (Integrated) ARCH 4003 9 Note(s): 4
Contemporary Architectural Practice ARCH 5034 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • design projects
  • research
  • essays and assignments
  • portfolios

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Master of Architecture

Why this Degree

Specialise in your areas of interest, such as remote construction, sustainability, urban design, conservation, and digital environments, and gain practical experience with this focused and accredited master degree.

This degree has a strong practical and industry focus, with studio work, national and international field trips, workshops, internships and master classes.

You will also be given the opportunity to take part in the award-winning student Design and Construct learning experience, where you will design and then construct community buildings in remote locations in Australia and overseas. Some of the projects students have completed include the visitor accommodation at Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu; Aboriginal ranger accommodation and research facilities in Fish River, Northern Territory; and accommodation and research facilities at Witchelina Station, South Australia. You will be involved in projects such as these from conception through to completion.

Real-world connections

The award-winning Design and Construct learning experience will help you to build pivotal industry relationships and networks. Additional networks can be formed during national and international field trips where you will learn first-hand what it’s like to work as an architect. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Architects are creative, accurate and problem solvers by nature. They immerse themselves in new technologies and materials, and push the boundaries. A career in architecture is rewarding – you get the opportunity to shape, and even transform, the environment. Jobs are on the increase, with employment expected to grow very strongly in the next few years1. Careers to consider: 

  • architect: combine creative design with technical knowledge to create sustainable solutions for the built environment 
  • urban designer: design at the urban scale; may also participate in educating civic leaders and the public about project details
  • heritage consultation: develop sustainable practices in design to protect and maintain heritage sites 
  • project manager: involves initiating, planning, executing and controlling a team and their outcomes 

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia, endorsing the architecture qualifications of graduates required for registration as an architect. Accreditation demonstrates the achievement of relevant competencies from the AACA National Competency Standards in Architecture.

The Australian Institute of Architects recognises the program, endorsing architecture qualifications required for membership of the AIA, including student and graduate membership. Recognition of the program demonstrates compliance with the Institute's Education Policy Performance Criteria.

Industry facts


Employment for interior designers in Australia is projected to increase by 19.9 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


The architectural services sector in Australia is projected to grow and reach $7.1 billion in annual revenue by 20201.

1IBISWorld’s Architectural Services market research report 2017


Employment for architects, designers, planners and surveyors is projected to increase by 17,500 (14.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


In 2014-15 there were an estimated 13,555 businesses in the Australian architectural sector (including sole practices) with an income of $6.4 billion, generating a profit of $603 million1.

1IBISWorld, Industry Profile: Architectural Services in Australia, August 2014.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an architecture student, you will have access to: 

  • dedicated design studios 
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum 
  • digital and traditional workshops
  • specialised computer suites
Your study spaces

Your program director

Architects fulfil a critical role in society through shaping the environment in which we live. Architecture brings together the technical, the cultural and the creative – a combination that makes studying and working in architecture challenging, but ultimately incredibly rewarding.

Dr Chris Brisbin

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Chris Brisbin

Dr Chris Brisbin

Program Director


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I was a paramedic for nine years before I decided I wanted to study architecture. UniSA is guiding me to be industry ready, strengthening the beginning of my career, and challenging me to think differently, to solve problems using a strong and evolving toolkit.

Christopher Pongrac

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture

Christopher Pongrac

Christopher Pongrac

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture