Abbreviation FT / PT
MArch FT
Programme Aims

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a three-year full-time programme offered by the Department of Architecture.  Built on the existing 2-year MArch, the 3-year MArch offers a path for qualified students from undergraduate programmes outside of architecture to pursue an architectural education.  The 3-year MArch will operate on a mixed funding model consisting of both self-funded and UGC-funded places.  One year of advanced standing of up to a maximum of 60 credits may be granted by the Board of the Faculty to applicants who hold a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies degree at this University; or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose.  Students who are granted with 60 credits of advanced standing can complete the program in two-year of study.  The two-year 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).  The accreditation of the three-year Master of Architecture degree is pending for approval.  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

Core Courses:
• Advanced Structural Systems
• Architecture and Its Discourses
• Core Design Courses (i.e. Design 8-13)
• Design and Construction Communication
• Design and Technology of Sustainable Buildings
• Digital Media and Methods
• History of Modern Architecture
• Introduction to Building Structures
• Pre-thesis Seminar
• Principles of Building
• Professional Practice I & II

Elective Courses:
Master programme students may choose elective courses from the below platforms. These courses can also be taken in an optional summer semester after the first and the second year:
1) Material
2) Ecologies
3) Locus
4) Art
5) Infrastructure
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 Material, Ecologies, Locus, Art, Infrastructure, 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 (three years)

Medium of Instruction
Programme Entrance Requirements

A bachelor's degree with honours of this University; or another equivalent qualification from another University or comparable institution accepted for this purpose.

Programme Admissions Advisor
Mr Chad McKee
Tel: 3917 2133

Mr Chris Chan / Mr Tarquin Au
Tel: 2219 4923