- To provide professional architectural education;
- To educate graduates who have pre-professional architecture degree, providing in-depth knowledge base and skill sets to become practitioners in architecture sectors;
- To provide theme-based evidence-driven approach to professional practice. Students will explore emerging challenges such as sustainable design and planning;
- To form an integrated multi-disciplinary learning workbench, collaborating with other disciplines within the Department such as civil engineering, building services, urban planning and urban design;
- To cultivate the mindset and skills of students to conduct and formulate architectural design research and application.
Year of Entry2020
Application DeadlineApplication Closed
Mode of StudyCombined †
Mode of FundingNon-government-funded
Indicative Intake Target40
Minimum No. of Credits Required60
Class ScheduleStudents are expected to attend classes in the weekday daytime (occasionally, at evenings, on Saturdays or Sundays). The courses (including the core courses) of the programme may be scheduled in weekday daytime session for the academic year 2020/2021.
Normal Study PeriodFull-time: 2 years (4 semesters);
Part-time: 4 years (8 semesters)
Maximum Study PeriodFull-time: 5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 10 years
Mode of ProcessingApplications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and the Programme Specific Entrance Requirements as set out below:
- Applicants should possess a pre-professional degree in architecture, or its equivalent. Qualifications other than the above-mentioned will be considered on case-by-case basis..
- Practical training is not required for admission. However, preference is given to individuals who have practical working in related fields.
- Applicants must possess a satisfactory Design Portfolio. Applicants must submit their Portfolio and any other supporting materials to the Department for admission consideration.
- Applicants may be invited for an interview (e-platform) with admission panel members.
Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
- a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
- an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
- Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China mainland; or
- other equivalent qualifications
Each student must satisfactorily complete at least 60 credit units before Master of Architecture is awarded. The total 60 credit units comprise two parts, namely the core courses (51 credits) and elective courses (9 credits). Reference should be made to the Programme documents and the Student Handbook for the criteria of choosing electives. The curriculum includes the following six themes in architecture:
- Sustainable architecture design
- Sustainable urbanism and eco-landscape
- Performance-based design and advanced environmental simulation technics
- Design methodology and professional practice
- Design computation and architecture information management
- Architecture and urban conservation
Distinguished overseas and local scholars and professionals have been invited by the Department to form the MArch Preparation Panel and Advisory Panel. This will facilitate the professional accreditation process. With the strong support of the University leadership and HK professionals, the Programme will seek professional accreditation by relevant professional institutes such as the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), Architecture Society of China (ASC) and other relevant professional institutions.