Master of Architecture in Australia

Architecture is an interesting field of knowledge that mainly has to do with the planning, drawing, and construction of buildings and the development of towns. Interesting as it may be, architecture is one discipline that some students avoid because they consider it difficult and complex. This is a wrong impression because if you are a serious and hardworking student, then you are bound to succeed in obtaining your architecture degree which promises very exciting career prospects. You can make your career prospects even more exciting by opting for a Master of Architecture course to build on your bachelor's degree. If you are a student who desires an internationally respected certificate, then Australia will be an ideal destination to head to for a Master of Architecture degree.

Master of Architecture in Australia: Highlights

The following are some Master of Architecture highlights of the University of Melbourne:

Program

Architecture 

Course

Master of Architecture

Duration of the Course

2 years [For graduates with an Architecture bachelor’s degree.].

3 years [For graduates with a non-Architecture bachelor’s degree]

Eligibility

  • An undergraduate degree in architecture with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% (University of Melbourne equivalent) 
  • A Personal Statement of not less than 500 words
  • A Design Portfolio; and
  • Compliance with the English Language Requirement of the University of Melbourne 
 

TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE); etc 

Tuition Fees

AUD44,512/year

Jobs

Architect

Landscape Architect

Architectural Designer

Quantity Surveyor

Architectural Technologist

Average Salary

Architect AUD83,000/year

Landscape Architect AUD61,231/year

Architectural Designer AUD63,413/year

Quantity Surveyor AUD73,594/year

Architectural Technologist AUD64,687/year

Why Study Master of Architecture in Australia

  • Quality education system comparable to the very best in the world
  • Globally recognised and respected degree [and other] programs and certifications
  • Australia is an incredibly multicultural country with more than 300 languages, 100 religions, and 300 ancestries [including 2.8% Indian ancestry]
  • The country's visa-friendly policies ensure that work is easier to find for foreign nationals, whether as students or after completing their studies
  • It is a safe, stable location for higher education
  • There is a large contingent of Indian students [second only to China] and other foreign students in Australia
  • Has 38 universities in the recently released 2023 QS World University Rankings as well as several universities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for "Architecture & Built Environment"
  • A developed and modern economy where residents enjoy high living standards, excellent educational and research facilities and human resources, as well as enhanced employment opportunities
  • The Australian education system has helped advance human knowledge via the production of Nobel laureates in various disciplines
  • Beautiful geography with lots of tourist attractions and marine life

Who Should take Master of Architecture in Australia?

Any individual with a bachelor's degree in architecture or any other discipline is eligible to study for a Master of Architecture degree in Australia. However, such a bachelor's degree must meet the standard required by universities in Australia. Suppose you are from a country where the English language is not the medium of instruction. In that case, you will not only be required to sit for any of the several English language proficiency tests but also obtain the necessary grades needed to be admitted into a Master of Architecture course. All these are premised on being granted a visa to study in Australia.

List of Master of Architecture in Australia

Below are some study units of the University of Sydney Master of Architecture course: 

  • 3D Computer Design Modelling
  • Advanced Building Envelopes
  • Advanced Topics in Australian Architecture
  • Arch and Design Material Processes
  • Arch and Design Material Processes (Ceramics)
  • Architectural Studio 1
  • Architectural Studio 2
  • Architectural Studio 3
  • Architectural Technologies
  • Architectural and Audio Acoustics
  • Architecture Workshop A
  • Building Energy Analysis
  • Code to Production
  • Conservation of Modern Buildings
  • Conservation of Traditional Buildings
  • Contemporary Architectural Theory
  • Daylight in Buildings
  • Design Thinking
  • Developing Architectural Briefs
  • Economics for the Built Environment

Best Universities to Study Master of Architecture in Australia

University Name

QS World Rankings [By Subject-Architecture & Built Environment]

City

The University of Melbourne 

24

Parkville

The University of Sydney

25

Sydney

RMIT University

31

Melbourne

The University of New South Wales

41

Sydney

Curtin University

51-100

Perth

Queensland University of Technology

51-100

Brisbane

The University of Queensland

51-100

Brisbane city

University of Technology Sydney

51-100

Haymarket

Deakin University

101-150

Burwood

Monash University

101-150

Melbourne

The University of Adelaide

101-150

Adelaide

The University of Newcastle

101-150

Callaghan

Griffith University 

151-150

Nathan

The University of Western Australia 

151-150

Perth

University of South Australia

151-150

Magill

Cost of Studying Master of Architecture in Australia

The cost of studying Master of Architecture in Australia is mainly dependent on the tuition and other fees charged per institution. These variations in fee charges make it hard to make a precise estimate. However, a new international student should budget between AUD25,000 to AUD 50,000 to cover the costs of tuition fees.

Tuition Fees

University Name

Course

Duration

Tuition Fees in INR

The University of Melbourne 

Master of Architecture 

2 or 3 years full-time

INR 2404774.60/year

[AUD44,512]

The University of Sydney

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time

4 years part-time [for only domestic students]

INR2269063.02/year

[AUD42,000]

RMIT University

Master of Architecture 

2 years full-time

INR2437621.99/year

[AUD45,120]

The University of New South Wales

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time

INR1931945.09/year

[AUD35,760]

Curtin University

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time

INR1755822.58/year

[AUD32,500]

Queensland University of Technology

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time

INR1874678.26/year

[AUD 34,700]

The University of Queensland

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time

INR2243995.28/year

[AUD41,536]

University of Technology Sydney

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time or
equiv. part-time

INR1170728.47/session

[AUD21,670]

Deakin University

Master of Architecture [postgraduate coursework]

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

INR1944911.16/year

[AUD36,000] 

Monash University

Master of Architecture

2 or 3 years [Depending on prior qualifications]

INR2328490.86/year

[AUD43,100]

The University of Adelaide

Master of Architecture by coursework

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

INR2188025.06/year

[AUD40,500]

The University of Newcastle

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time.

INR1974354.95/year

[AUD36,545]

Griffith University 

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time

INR1890885.85/year

[AUD35,000]

The University of Western Australia 

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time/part-time

INR7317728.24/total course fee

[AUD135,450]

University of South Australia

Master of Architecture

2 years full-time

INR2036754.19/year

 [AUD37,700]

Cost of Living in Australia

A number of variables help determine a student's cost of living when studying for a Master of Architecture degree in Australia. Some of them include the student's financial status, lifestyle, and preferences as well as his or her city of abode and inflation trend, among others. However, as of May 2020, Australia's Department of Home Affairs recommends that you budget a minimum of AUD21,041 annually if you are without any companion and an extra AUD7,362 and AUD3,152 respectively for a partner and/or child accompanying you to Australia. To make things a bit clearer, here are some cost of living estimates of the University of South Australia [using a cost of living calculator].

Kind of Expenses

Amount in AUD

Accommodation

260/week

Transport 

112/week

Food

278/week

Clothing

912/week

Entertainment 

44/week

Master of Architecture in Australia : Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria can vary across institutions and also within the same institution. 

The requirements for admission into the Master of Architecture course at the University of Western Australia are presented below:

  • A bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by the university;
  • and
  • the equivalent of a UWA weighted average score of at least 60%

Ranking and Selection Process

Where necessary, admission will be granted to the highest-ranked candidates or candidates selected based on the relevant requirements.

The university has several Australian and International tests and qualifications for English language proficiency. Some of them are presented below:

  • UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course: a final CELT exam score of 70% or above
  • All India Examination (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate (CISCE): English language components with a minimum score of B2 (CBSE) or 60% (CISCE)
  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): A minimum overall grade of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)
  • PTE (Academic): An overall result of 64 with a minimum result of 59 in the speaking and writing sections and not less than 54 in the listening and reading sections.
  • TOEFL: Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5 and either 230 (Computer-based) or 570 (Paper-based) score
  • Next Generation TOEFL: Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall grade of 82 with a minimum grade of 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section

Exams Required to Study Master of Architecture in Australia

These exams are part of entrance requirements and may also vary. Some exams are needed for a Master of Architecture degree at the University of South Australia.

Exam Name

Minimum Score

IELTS [Total]

6.5

IELTS [Reading]

6.0

IELTS [Writing]

6.0

Scholarships to Study Master of Architecture in Australia

All the institutions on this post have various scholarships and other financial assistance programs for both old and new international and domestic students. Here are a few scholarship awards for Indian and other foreign students.

Scholarship Name

Description

Eligibility

Amount in AUD

Rao Family Bursary [University of Melbourne]

A scholarship established with funding from Australia India Social and Charitable Ventures Limited via the Australia India Institute. It is awarded to students in financial need, with preference given to Indian citizens. 

You must:

  • Be a coursework or research course student at the University of Melbourne.
  •  
  • Provide evidence of financial need

Single payment of between AUD1,000 and AUD3,000

Bates Smart Award for Design Excellence in Architecture [University of Sydney]

This scholarship was established in 2006 and is sponsored by Bates Smart Pty Ltd. It aims to reward excellence in architectural design, as well as to facilitate structured learning in order to advance the scholarship recipient's growth as an architecture practitioner and leader.

You must:

be a full-time student that has completed a minimum of 48 credit points of study for the Master of Architecture course, and be entering or enrolled in your first semester of the final year of the Master of Architecture.

AUD2000

International High Achievers Scholarship [University of Queensland]

Established to assist high-achieving students from select Asian countries

You must:

Be a full-time international student that has received an offer to study an eligible program at UQ  from Semester 1 or 2, 2022. This includes most undergraduate and postgraduate programs with a few exceptions. 

 

Be a citizen of India, Hong Kong (SAR), Indonesia, Japan, Macau (SAR), Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam

Have achieved a grade deemed competitive enough by the University when ranked among other offer holders for programs in their commencement semester in addition to meeting English language proficiency requirements.

 

Not be a beneficiary of another scholarship from UQ

Not be a beneficiary of a full scholarship/sponsorship from another organisation (applicants enjoying partial scholarships/sponsorships may be considered).

 

AUD10,000

Onshore Excellence Scholarship [University of Newcastle]

A merit-based scholarship meant to lure high-performing students to study at the University of Newcastle. It recognises applicants with an excellent academic record and acts as an incentive for them to keep aspiring for greater heights.

 

You must:

  • Be an Onshore student presently based in Australia.
  •  
  • Be starting an eligible undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree program at any of the university’s campuses or online, as indicated in your Letter of Offer (the scholarship excludes ELICOS, Enabling, Non-Award, Higher Degrees by Research programs as well as programs at offshore campuses).
  •  
  • Be a full-fee paying foreign student.
  •  
  • Not be a beneficiary of another university scholarship unless prior approval for special dispensation has been granted by the university.
  •  
  • Comply with all of the financial obligations of a full-fee paying international student, [including the full tuition fee and payments meant to help obtain your student visa].
  •  
  • Not be involved in an excluded quota program.
  • A recent University of Newcastle offshore graduate who has completed all program(s) of study listed in an earlier offer letter may also meet eligibility requirements.

AUD10,000 annually under full-time study load, allocated over each course taken (pro-rata with an approved load reduction on program plan, credits exemptions, progression, or wellbeing grounds).

This is equal to AU$1250 for every 10 units of study and will be implemented per term in your eligible program(s) as a tuition fee reduction against the number of credits initially stated in your letter of offer.

How to get Admission for Master of Architecture in Australia?

  • Register With AECC Global And Chat With An Expert Education Official
  • Apply To the Universities/Colleges You Wish to Attend With AECC Assistance (We Have A Strong Working Relationship With Many Universities in Australia)
  • Sit For IELTS, TOEFL, And/Or Any Other Necessary Exams
  • Receive an Offer Letter from one of Your Chosen Universities or Colleges
  • Proceed With Tuition Fee Payment
  • Arrange & Submit Your Visa Application Documents
  • Get Your Visa Grant Letter
  • Schedule an Appointment With AECC Global to Book Your Pre-Departure Services 

Carrer Opportunities After Master of Architecture in Australia

Architecture may seem like a career that confines you to a particular area. But in practice, this is not the case because the career path or scope of a Master of Architecture graduate is reasonably wide and can be equally as lucrative as in other fields of knowledge. In addition to being an architect, here are some other jobs you can do with a Master of Architecture degree.

Job Profile

Salary in AUD

Architect

AUD83,000/year

Landscape Architect

AUD61,231

Architectural Designer

AUD63,413

Quantity Surveyor 

AUD73,594

Architectural Technologist

AUD64,687

Building Surveyor

AUD72,370

Town Planner

AUD68,278/year

Urban Planner

AUD74,340/year

Project Manager [Construction]

AUD97,452/year

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician

AUD62,896

Interior Designer

AUD58,986

Design Manager

AUD105,597

Industrial Designer 

AUD61,643

TOP Recruiters

  • CP Kukreja Architects
  • Morphogenesis
  • Architect Hafeez Contractor
  • Oscar & Ponni Architects
  • Archkons
  • Talati & Panthaky Associated
  • Sanon Sen & Associates
  • Manchanda Associates
  • Span Consultants Private Limited
  • The White Room
  • Studio PKA
  • Prem Nath & Associates
  • N.M. Roof Designers Ltd.
  • SEMAC Private Limited
  • Sanjay Puri Architects
  • OCI Architects
  • SpaceMatters
  • VSA Architect
  • Sfurna Designs
  • Edifice
  • Manchanda Associates
  • Venkatraman Asscoiates
  • Architecture Brio
  • Sompura Arts
  • Shilpa Architects
  • Architectjaved
  • Kembhavi Architecture Foundation
  • Biplab Talapatra

Architects are important because they help plan and modernize human habitations. However, many students tend to shy away from pursuing a course in architecture due to the wrong notion that it is a difficult course. No course in the university curriculum can be termed as easy and each one of them, including architecture, requires a lot of effort if you succeed and move on to bright career prospects.

It is also not easy to complete an application to study abroad. Helping students achieve this often lengthy and complex task is why AECC Global was established in 2008. AECC will help you identify the best Master of Architecture course for you in Australia, ensure that your visa application process is timely and successful and help you settle down comfortably upon arrival in any part of Australia. AECC has helped over 18,000 students realize their dreams by placing them in renowned universities and colleges in Australia alone. Become an AECC student today and enjoy a broad range of affordable education-based services!

AECC Global is one of the world's leading educational consultancies with versatile expert professionals who are ready to help you with any queries you may have. Contact us so we can be of assistance to you in your journey of fulfilling your dream.


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