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Master of Architecture

MArch(Curtin) - MC-ARCH Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

Starting in July may extend the course duration due to unit availability

Duration 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

In the Master of Architecture, you will study architectural history, theory, research, management and law, and undertake professional practice.

This course takes a hands-on approach that combines understandings of design, science, technology, history and culture to ensure you graduate with a well-rounded set of skills. You will also undertake a major self-directed architectural thesis project in a specialised area of interest to demonstrate research skills and gain practical experience.

When combined with Curtin's Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), or an equivalent undergraduate degree in architecture, the two qualifications provide you with the educational qualification component that forms part of the requirements for registration as an architect.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Applicants require a Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), or equivalent qualification. Entry to the course is competitive and a high semester weighted average is required. Students with a Bachelor's degree from a non AACA accredited architecture program are required to submit a folio at the time of application.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


 Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $22,400*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*These fees are a guide only. They are based on a first year full-time study load. How much you'll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place or a full-fee place. Some courses require additional study to be completed and in this case, the total course fee will be higher than that shown. The total cost will also depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete). Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees.

These fees do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. Visit our other fees and charges page for more information about this.

For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit the fee basics webpage or the Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

The Master of Architecture is the final stage of the five-year academic pathway to become a practising architect. Together with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), or equivalent, this course is recognised by the Architects Board of Western Australia as meeting the academic requirements for registration as an architect in Western Australia.

The course is also recognised by the Commonwealth Association of Architects. On completing the approved postgraduate practical experience, you will be eligible for associate membership of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Internationally, the course is recognised by the architectural boards in Singapore and Hong Kong. Accreditation is also being sought from the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (the Board of Architects Malaysia).


Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

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