Overview

Learn to create urban designs that allow modern cities to thrive, with the Master of Architecture and Urban Design. This course suits professionals that can embrace 3D space, big data, and other environmental factors that address 21st century design challenges. We’ll teach you about speculative and creative design thinking and how to engage with people, data, and advanced technologies to achieve the best results.

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Upgrade your skills

  • Effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • Design principles
  • Adaptable and able to manage change
  • Generative in AI

Stretch your career further

  • Architect
  • Urban Designer
  • Town planner
  • Strategic planner
  • Draftsperson

Key codes

CRICOS course code
098496E
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Strong industry connections and co-creation

  • Elenberg Fraser
  • Bates Smart
  • John Holland
  • S’more design

Professional accreditations

The Master of Architecture and Urban Design is accredited with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

Why Swinburne?

Ranked Top 150 in Art and Design

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Graduate employers include Ford, Telstra, and Blackmagic Design

Ranked top 20 in Australia for PG Graduate Salary – 5 stars

Ranked top 20 in Australia for UG full-time employment – 5 stars

Qualifications

Admission to the Master of Architecture and Urban Design will require one of the following:

  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or
  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a major in Architecture or
  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours) with an Advanced Minor in Architecture or
  • successful completion of another three year undergraduate architectural course*.
     

* In the case of completing another three year undergraduate architectural course, applications will be assessed using a Range of Criteria. These would include (but not be limited to):

  • a preselection kit requiring submission of an on-line portfolio (between 10 and 20 pages) **
  • a personal statement and University transcripts.
     

**Pre-selection kit: Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of between 10 and 20 pages, which must address architecture- and/or urban design-related questions and include visual examples; and provide a 200-400 word written statement, the prompts for which can be found on the application portal.

Admission to the Master of Architecture and Urban Design will require one of the following:

  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or
  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a major in Architecture or
  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours) with an Advanced Minor in Architecture or
  • successful completion of another three year undergraduate architectural course*.
     

* In the case of completing another three year undergraduate architectural course, applications will be assessed using a Range of Criteria. These would include (but not be limited to):

  • a preselection kit requiring submission of an on-line portfolio (between 10 and 20 pages) **
  • a personal statement and University transcripts.
     

**Pre-selection kit: Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of between 10 and 20 pages, which must address architecture- and/or urban design-related questions and include visual examples; and provide a 200-400 word written statement, the prompts for which can be found on the application portal.

Other requirements

Your Portfolio

In your portfolio, we are looking for evidence of your ability to think spatially, critically and creatively, as well as the desire to design and build things. In assessing your portfolio, we would like to see your ability to conceptualize and develop ideas. As well as finished outcomes, we are also interested in concept sketches, 3d models or working drawings that display your thinking process.

Your portfolio will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • conceptual thinking and level of ambition in your projects;

  • spatial thinking, planning and a sense of scale;

  • digital and analogue communication skills, including the use of architectural drawing conventions; and

  • construction and environmental technology.
     

Think carefully about how you present your portfolio as we will also consider how you structure your content into a clear, compelling story about yourself and your passion for, and commitment to, architecture and urban design.

All work must be original. All images must be clearly labelled. In the case of work that has involved others, such as group work or work with a design practice, clearly indicate what your contribution was.

Portfolios will be reviewed on a standard computer screen. Please ensure legibility accordingly.

To submit your portfolio, you’ll need to complete your online application first. We’ll then send you a link so you can upload your portfolio to Slide Room.

A review of prior learning in relation to the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture) will be necessary, and supplemental transitionary classes may be required.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Architecture and Urban Design, students must complete 200 credit points.

12
Core units
=
Masters degree

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Theories of Buildings and Cities
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC70004
Dynamic Modelling of Cities
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80001
Design Research Studio A
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC70001
Urban Informatics and Modelling
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC70005
Sustainable Construction and Documentation
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80004
Design Research Studio B
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC70003
Professional Practice Management
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC70002
Design Research Studio C
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC80002
Design Research Studio D
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC80003
Professional Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80005
Urban Economics, Planning and Urban Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80006
Planning Law, Strategic and Statutory Planning
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80007

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$39,800

Total fee* ($AUD)

$79,600

Commonwealth Supported Yearly Fee* ($AUD)

$8,948

Commonwealth Supported Total Fee* ($AUD)

$17,896

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$41,840.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

Two types of loans are available to assist with student study fees. Depending on eligibility, you’re able to apply for one of the loans outlined below.

  • FEE-HELP is a loan that’s available for full-fee paying higher education students. Depending on your eligibility, the Commonwealth Government can help pay all or part of your loan directly to Swinburne.
  • HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme that’s available if you’re enrolled in a Commonwealth-supported place. Depending on eligibility, a HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! 

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26-February-2025
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03-March-2025
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04-June-2024
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28-July-2024