MR207 - Master of Design (Architecture & Design)

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Plan: MR207 - Master of Design
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Master of Design
Award abbreviation: MDes
Career: RSCH
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040101
CRICOS code: 079688K

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Design by research provides the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary for participants to undertake research and develop mastery in their chosen field. Candidates are supported and engaged in communities of practice where learning is fundamentally a social phenomenon, where knowledge is integrated in the life of these communities which share interests, discourses and ways of doing things. 

Upon graduation with a Master of Design degree from RMIT University you will be able to be employed in positions in universities, galleries, museums and non-government organisations. You may also freelance as artists, curators and producers.

Individually supervised research programs are available in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. 

The Master of Design may be undertaken in a project or thesis mode. This decision is made in consultation with your supervisor. 

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Entrance requirements

Applicants for masters by research programs must have completed one of the following from a recognised higher education institution:

  • a four year bachelor degree with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year;


  • another recognised award deemed to be equivalent in character and standard to a four year undergraduate degree, with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year.

Alternatively applicants may provide evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and experience that satisfies the Dean of the School of Graduate Research or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents webpage.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents webpage (unresolved).

Selection Tasks

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application. For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see the How to apply – Research programs webpage.

The School of Architecture and Design does not accept applications to its research programs before a potential applicant has satisfied a Pre-application Process, which should be completed before lodging a formal application with RMIT’s School of Graduate Research, or with RMIT International. See the A&D Pre-Application document for more details.





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