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Swinburne University of Technology

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Master of Architecture and Urban Design

  • Masters (Coursework)

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
MA-ARCUD, 098496E
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Aug
Domestic Fees
$9,527 per year / $19,054 total
International Fees
$36,000 per year

About this course

The Master of Architecture and Urban Design builds upon the expanding area of study involving the design and management of urban form and the public realm alongside architecture's role in contributing to the urban experience. The Master of Architecture and Urban Design focuses on designing for healthy city futures by embracing creative and speculative design thinking; cross-disciplinarity; alongside engagement with people,
data and advanced technologies. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate with over fifty per cent of the world's population now living in cities. This mass urbanisation presents urgent challenges, such as accommodating dense populations, responding to climate change, public health, housing affordability, urban mobility, and growing spatial complexity. These challenges cannot be addressed using traditional silos using twentieth century architectural and urban planning methods - new multi-dimensional approaches are needed by professionals that embrace three-dimensional space, big data along with change over time, temperature, humidity, sun and shade, air quality, land-use, safety, alongside economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the city. There is a growing need for design professionals that are skilled at working at a range of scales - from the individual building scale through to whole cities and regions. Graduates will have skills and knowledge to respond to these challenges and be prepared to make meaningful contributions in careers as architects and urban designers in private practices including urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, and planning practices as well as local government positions in planning authorities and local city councils.

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Career pathways

The Swinburne Graduate Attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching courses assist all its graduates to be:
  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • adaptable and able to manage change
  • aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Architecture and Urban Design, students must complete 200 credit points:
  • 12 Core units of study (200 credit points)
Maximum Academic CreditThe maximum level of credit that can be granted is 100 credit points (normally eight units) from an accredited course

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.