MC163 - Master of Architecture

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Plan: MC163 - Master of Architecture
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Architecture
Award abbreviation: MArch
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040101
CRICOS code: 060829B

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Architecture (MC163) is a two year degree program providing you with an advanced and coherent knowledge and skills of the discipline of architecture. The program has a design focus with strong links to practice, offering exposure to a wide range of design led project based learning. The Design Studio forms the core of the program and is supported by specialised Electives and Professional Practice. As capstone experiences, you will undertake a Design Major Project which integrates your critical knowledge and skills. The program will allow you to build a self-critical understanding of your own work, as well as an ability to undertake research through the medium of design. The program is known for promoting ideas-led venturous design exploration and design innovation. The program assists you to develop an understanding of architecture, while providing you with a diverse set of skills and learning experiences. Graduating with the Master of Architecture (MC163) satisfies the academic requirements of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria.

RMIT Architecture is primarily focused on design and has an internatioanl reputation for design excellence.

The program is a pathway to postgraduate research and employment in architectural and design practice as an architectural graduate. 


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook [ ].

Completion of RMIT the Bachelor of Architectural Design program has an articulation agreement into the Master of Architecture. If you have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater you will be guaranteed a place into the Master of Architecture whilst those with a GPA of less than 2.5 may be awarded a place in the Masters of Architecture based on performance in the Bachelor of Architectural Design as well as an interview.


Destination ProgramOwning schoolCredit from this program towards destination program
Courses     Time

Academic requirement for entryTerms of entry (guaranteed place, merit, etc)
B ArchDesArchitecture & DesignnilGPA 2.5 minGuaranteed a place in Master of Architecture
B ArchDesArchitecture & DesignnilCompletion of B ArchDesMerit based


The Master of Architecture (MC163) is a pathway into Master of Design (Architecture and Design) by research (MR207) or PhD (Architecture and Design) (DR207). 

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements:

Completion of a first architectural discipline degree is a prerequisite for entry to the Master of Architecture. The Bachelor of Architectural Design from RMIT with a GPA of 2.5 or above fulfils this prerequisite. GPA lower than 2.5, selection will be merit based and assessed on portfolio submission and interview.

A degree from another institution will need to be architecture-specific and acceptance into the master program is merit based.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for guaranteed entry are required to submit a folio.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page


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    External accreditation and industry links


    The Master of Architecture (MC163) is accredited by Architects’ Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)

    Successful completion of both the Bachelor of Architectural Design (BP250) and the Master of Architecture (MC163) at RMIT satisfies the academic requirement for registration as an architect. Following a subsequent minimum of two years practical work, you can apply to the ARBV to sit the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) to register as an architect in the state of Victoria or your local Architects Registration Board.

    Industry Links

    The Architecture programs at RMIT have many close links with industry which take on a variety of different forms. Academics within the School are strongly encouraged to maintain their linkages with industry, and many continue to run practices and are heavily engaged in active practice based research around the world.

    Each program has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

    In addition the School of Architecture and Design makes regular use of industry experts as guest lecturers and tutors to ensure you are exposed to current industry developments. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides you with exposure to current industry practitioners.

    As evidence of the close links with industry, a number of eminent local and international architects provided input to the development of this program.


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    Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

    Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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    Library, IT and specialist resources

    Library resources and services

    As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

    Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

    Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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    Online learning tools and content

    You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

    Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

    RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

    Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

    • transition to tertiary study and learning
    • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
    • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
    • career development and employment
    • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
    • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
    • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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    Studios, Project Spaces and Specialist Facilites

    All architecture courses are held in timetabled studio and classroom spaces. RMIT does not have dedicated studio spaces outside timetabled classes but we do have a range of project spaces where projects can be assembled and their resources productively arranged, available out of timetabled classes and studios (24/7).
    You will have access to many specialist facilities including: advanced CAD laboratories, Construction Technology workshops, Digital Design and Manufacturing Laboratories, Modelling Workshops, 3D scanners and printers, laser and foam cutters as well as various metalworking, woodworking, vacuum forming equipment and CNC manufacturing machines.

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