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The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a two-year full-time programme offered by the Department of Architecture, leading to a professionally accredited MArch degree. The professional Master of Architecture degree is recognized by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), the Architects Registration Board of HKSAR (ARB), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Through a multidisciplinary curriculum emphasising current design and production technologies alongside an understanding of the historical and theoretical culture of architecture, the programme enables students to acquire broad the expertise, skills and knowledge to confront the complexities of contemporary architectural discourse, design and practice.
Course Curriculum & Aims
• Advanced Structural Systems
• Core Design Courses (i.e. Design 8-11)
• Architecture and Its Discourses
• Design and Construction Communication
• Design and Technology of Sustainable Buildings
• Pre-thesis Seminar
• Professional Practice
Master programme students may choose elective courses from the platforms. These courses can be taken in either the first or the second year, or in an optional summer semester after the first year:
1) Materials, Technologies, Robotics (MTR)
2) Ecologies, Sustainability, Regeneration (ESR)
3) Living, Cities/Rural (LCR)
4) Geographies, Landscapes, Infrastructure (GLI)
5) Politics, Art and Media (PAM)
6) Practices of Architecture (PA)
7) History, Theory and Criticism (HTC)
The pedagogy of the MArch programme is focused on design studios, supported by required core courses and elective seminars in the platforms, namely Materials, Technologies, Robotics (MTR), Ecologies, Sustainability, Regeneration (ESR), Living, Cities/Rural (LCR), Geographies, Landscapes, Infrastructure (GLI), Politics, Art and Media (PAM), Practices of Architecture (PA), and History, Theory and Criticism (HTC). This structure aims to enable students to explore the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge with methodological rigour while engaging critically with the constraints of contemporary practice. In the first three semesters of the programme, students select from Design Studio courses offered by staff with a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise. These design studios serve as the testing ground for skills and knowledge acquired in seminars and lecture courses.
In the final semester of the Design Studio course, students focus on a self-directed design thesis, formulated individually and supervised by staff in the Department, as a conclusion of the MArch curriculum. In addition to demonstrating satisfactory ability in the technical aspects of architectural practice, the thesis should produce innovative work that extends and enriches knowledge in the broader field of architecture.
Through an expanding network of international institutional links, the MArch programme offers a wide variety of joint studios, sponsored studios, and other forms of collaborative teaching and learning, in which there are opportunities for travel and academic exchanges abroad, knowledge exchange within the community and in China, direct contact to fabricators in industry, and experiential learning on real-world projects.
Mode of Attendance
Full Time (two years)
Medium of Instruction
Programme Entrance Requirements
A Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies [BA(Arch Stud)] from the University of Hong Kong, or a qualification of equivalent standard from another University or comparable institution accepted for this purpose.
Programme Admissions Advisor
|Mr Chad McKee|
List of Programmes
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