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Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (coursework) is the professional degree in Architecture accredited in Australia by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the Architects Board of Western Australia. The degree is validated internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and through the Canberra Accords, by other international registration agencies. It comprises a core program in design, technology and professional practice. Students have the opportunity to choose a pathway of units from the critical studies, technical studies and design streams to increase their knowledge in specialised areas of architecture.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Architecture
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
professional practice master's degree
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years (for students with an architectural background) full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 96 points of taught units and 72 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
3.5 years (for graduates of other disciplines) full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 168 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Architecture is accredited by: AACA / Architects Board of Western Australia.
Time limit
7 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Hislop
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 168 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor of Arts with co-requisite majors in Architecture, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 72 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the Board of Examiners determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended'; and

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the second time is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Professional work experience

13.(1) Before qualifying for the degree, a student must have completed not less than 16 weeks of full-time, or the equivalent part-time, professional work experience considered appropriate by the Faculty.

(2) Of the period of professional work experience required, students must complete at least four weeks full-time, or the part-time equivalent, prior to commencing the final 48 points of study for the course of Master of Architecture (by coursework).

(3) Of the period of professional work experience required, students must complete at least 12 weeks full-time, or the part-time equivalent, under the supervision of a registered architect.

(4) Students may undertake a maximum of four weeks of the professional work experience in an allied field which is considered appropriate by the Faculty.

(5) If students undertake professional work experience overseas they must provide evidence that the person who supervised their work experience is a registered architect in the country in which the work experience was undertaken.

(6) Any professional work experience gained must be for a minimum period of four consecutive weeks with one employer.

(7) Students must make their own arrangements for professional work experience with advice from the Faculty.

(8) Students must provide evidence of their professional work experience in accordance with the guidelines available from the Faculty.

(9) The Faculty may waive or vary the requirement for professional work experience if it is satisfied that the requirements of (1) to (8) cannot be met.

Time limit

14.(1) Unless the Faculty approves an extension, the time limit is seven years from the beginning of the semester in which the first unit is credited towards the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]