Course Title: Masters Degree Thesis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Degree Thesis

Credit Points: 48

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Course Coordinator: Brent Allpress

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1880

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A first degree in Architecture from RMIT or equivalent; or evidence of experience which satisfies RMIT that the student has developed a knowledge of the field of study sufficient to undertake the

Course Description

Master of Architecture candidates engage with specialised areas of design research through project mode or undertake historical and theoretical architectural research investigations in thesis mode. Our research is clustered around key design problematics and specialisations with a particular emphasis placed on project based design research, critical reflective practice, urban architectural design research (UAL), digital design research ( SIAL), and historical and theoretical architectural design research

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Effective communication: demonstrated ability to summarise, present and disseminate in cogent argument and to the accepted standard in appropriate industries, the dimensions and findings of a research project.
Critical thinking: demonstrated capacity to scrutinise and evaluate and document knowledge in the relevant field/professional practice.
Sound research management: demonstrated capacity to identify and frame a research enquiry and its sub-sets, to pose methods to investigate these, and to address difficulties arising throughout the research program
Independent thinking: the demonstrated capacity to develop and evaluate a viable contention, and critically evaluate outcomes, especially the candidate’s own work.
Awareness of and skills in appropriate technologies: demonstrated application of those technologies relevant to the discipline and the mode of enquiry, including ICTs, artistic and professional technologies, and work practices.
Reflecting on learning: demonstrated capacity to engage with identified learning goals, through which the research is undertaken, and to critically evaluate the development and application of own skills.

Effective communication
Critical thinking
Sound research management:
Independent thinking
Awareness of and skills in appropriate technologies
Reflecting on learning

Overview of Learning Activities

Ongoing participation in Graduate Research Conferences (GRC), interim reviews and meetings with supervisor(s)

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University Library supports the teaching, learning and research of the University. The Library works to meet the needs of students and staff, providing services, facilities and study space. Further recommended reading is provided in the induction kit and through the supervisor and panel reviews.

Overview of Assessment

During your time as a research candidate you are graded as ‘NEX’. This means that the grades are withheld until such time that you are examined, recommended for a pass and have submitted your final archive. A progress report is a written report from the chair of your panel/supervisor when you present at either a GRC or interim presentation or a written report from your supervisor. To continue with your program you need to consistently receive satisfactory progress reports.