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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art and Design

Managing facultyArt and Design
Abbreviated titleMArc
CRICOS code059818D
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1517, email: or visit

Course coordinator

Diego Ramirez-Lovering


  • Students complete this course over two years.


The Master of Architecture offers a course work postgraduate program of education in the discipline of architecture and provides the second of two degrees required for professional registration. The academic program will focus on research-led architectural design teaching and learning through advanced studios and will culminate in a design research program in the second year of the course.


Graduates of the Master of Architecture will have highly developed capabilities in architectural design and its integration with environmental and technological factors and its research capabilities.

The program of study will engage students with the social, historical and theoretical contexts of architecture as well as providing knowledge of the professional requirements for the practice of architecture.

Professional recognition

Upon completion of the Master of Architecture, students will have achieved the Architect's Accreditation Council of Australia (ACCA) National Competency Standards applicable to university courses and will comply with the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture (RAIA) Education Policy Performance Criteria.


(a) Architectural design studios (54 points)

This is the major area of study. There are design studios at each level of the course.

(b) Technology (6 points)

This is delivered with the design studios and includes the integration of material, structural and environmental systems.

(c) Theory and history (6 points)

This includes the research methods unit introducing students to the methods and tactics of architectural design research.

(d) Professional studies (12 points)

These units focus on the core business and regulatory aspects of practice as an architect.

(e) Electives (18 points)

Three electives are offered drawing from university wide offerings. Architecture-specific electives will also be offered.

(f) Occupational health and safety (0 points)

This is compulsory to all courses in the faculty and deals with issues relevant to art and design.


First year (48 points)

First semester

  • ARC4001 Advanced architecture studio 1 (12 points)
  • ARC4201 Professional studies 1 (6 points)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Second semester

  • ARC4002 Advanced architecture studio 2 (12 points)
  • ARC4101 Technologies and environments 4 (6 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Second year (48 points)

First semester

  • ARC5001 Architecture design research studio (12 points)
  • ARC5401 Research methods (6 points)
  • ARC5201 Professional studies 2 (6 points)

Second semester

  • ARC5002 Architecture design research projects (18 points)
  • elective (6 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the Master of Architecture Degree with H2A equivalence will be eligible to apply for course 1322 Doctor of Philosophy.


Master of Architecture