Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2022: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Work in award-winning, purpose-designed facilities including dedicated design studios and workshops.
  • Study in a creative and multidisciplinary setting with students from the related fields of architecture, planning, art, design, journalism, communication and media, film and television, and the creative industries.
  • Learn from internationally-renowned and experienced teachers with industry-leading expertise and experience. 
  • Pursue and develop specific areas of interest through design-based research and electives study.
  • Study at the No.1 university in South Australia for Graduate Careers in Architecture1.
  • 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 architectural practices. 
  • UniSA is home to Australia’s only architecture museum filled with over 200,000 items, including records, drawings and photographs of Australian architecture.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by also enrolling in the Master of Design after completing the Master of Architecture where you can focus on expanding a specialised career in sustainable design.
  • UniSA is No.1 in South Australia for student satisfaction in Architecture1.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research – UniSA's research in design is ranked world class2.
  • UniSA is also No. 1 in South Australia for campus facilities in Architecture3.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Architecture and Built Environment - Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Architecture and Built Environments – Learning Resources Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.



This professionally accredited degree provides advanced learning in architecture design and how it relates to the environment, culture, and design and construction 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 award-winning Design and Construct courses, where you will design and build real-life architectural projects.

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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This master-level degree will provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of design principles and methods; building structures and construction systems; digital design and communication methods; sustainable design strategies; how contemporary architectural practice operates; and the social and cultural history that shapes our built environment. 

This degree has a strong practical focus – in design studio classes you will design complex projects informed by contemporary architectural practice and construction, as well as undertake research and hands-on learning through industry placements and coursework.

To successfully graduate from this degree, you must complete a total of 8 core courses and 4 electives; including advanced design studios and courses focusing on design-based research, theory, and the practice management. Four elective courses offer the opportunity for you to develop specific areas of interest in Design and Construct, Planning and Urban Design, Construction and Project Management, and Sustainable Design, further complimented by electives focusing on research, cultural experience and collaboration in our international study tours, and industry experience through our internship-based industry projects and 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
Research Methods (Creative) CREA 4004 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
Research Practices (Creative) CREA 5001 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, as well as to 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 assessment through both speculative and practical learning activities that are designed to provide you with professional agility to respond to any challenge your careers in Architecture throw at you, primarily in the form of:

  • Design-based architectural and urban projects of varying scales and complexities presented and assessed as portfolios and oral presentations; and
  • Research and analysis into architecture history and design precedent presented and assessed as essays, reports, and oral presentations
  • Research and analysis into contemporary architectural practice and the professional regulations that impact on its operation through reports and assignment
  • Demonstrating 2D and 3D skills in composing digital and analogue drawings and models.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Not all architects are the same, nor do they design the same types of architecture. In this degree, you will have the opportunity to customise your own areas of interest through elective studies in design and construct, environmental sustainability, project and construction management, urban planning and design, as well as architectural history and heritage conservation, and digital technologies and environments. 

With a strong balance between design thinking and practicality, a widely recognised industry focus on graduate employability, you will develop your advanced skills and knowledge of architecture through design studio work, national and international field trips and collaborations, industry-led workshops and internships, and expert-led master classes.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in award-winning Design and Construct courses, where you will design and build community projects in remote locations in Australia and overseas with students from other design disciplines, just like in the real world. 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, Australia); and accommodation and research facilities at Witchelina Station (South Australia, Australia).

Real-world connections

Our courses are supported by an extensive teaching team of over 100 practising architects from industry. Projects in design studios are drawn from industry, developing real-world skills and knowledge that enable students to connect with and lead in the evolution of the design and construction industry.

Additional networks are formed through multi-disciplinary coursework between students across multiple discipline areas and during national and international field trips, where you will learn first-hand what it’s like to work as an architect in other cultures and countries.

UniSA also offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus, and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Architects are creative problem solvers by nature. They immerse themselves in new design technologies and construction materials, and push the boundaries of what is possible. A career in architecture is rewarding – you get the opportunity to shape and transform the world around you. Our graduates are also in demand, with UniSA ranked No.1 in South Australia for graduate careers in architecture1. 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 and participate in educating civic leaders and the public about the shaping of our cities
Heritage consultant: develop sustainable practices in design to protect and maintain heritage sites of important ongoing cultural value
Project or construction manager: involves initiating, planning, and managing a team to deliver project of varying scales and complexities.

* This degree does not lead to registration as an Architect in any State or Territory in Australia. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is a pathway program to the Master of Architecture is an accredited Australian architecture qualification and provides a pathway to future registration as an architect. Only those practitioners registered with architectural registration boards, including the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia, are entitled to use the title ‘architect’ by law.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Architecture and Built Environment - Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gainaccess to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 safe and secure design studios accessible 24/7
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum 
  • digital and traditional workshops
  • specialised computer suites and access to industry-leading software on your own computers
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, and 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