24 months
39120 AUD/year
36600 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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Cities are growing faster than ever, with over fifty per cent of the world’s population now living in one. Gain the skills and knowledge required to respond to this challenge of mass urbanisation with the Master in Architecture and Urban Design offered at the Swinburne University of Technology.

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You’ll learn how to design for healthy city futures by embracing creative and speculative design thinking, alongside engaging with people, data and advanced technologies. Studying units including research, modelling, theory, and professional practice, you’ll be equipped with the much-needed skills to work at a range of scales as a design professional.

Aims and objectives

Students of the Master in Architecture and Urban Design offered at the Swinburne University of Technology   who successfully complete this course will be able to apply specialised knowledge in Architecture and Urban Design to demonstrate discipline specific knowledge, skills and attributes. Specifically, graduates will be able to:

  • critically reflect on and apply knowledge of contemporary urban design theory and practice demonstrating comprehension of international and local planning theory and history, planning law and statutory planning, urban economics, sustainability, land use and urban design, and strategic planning
  • apply analytical design research methods with an understanding of sourcing credible, relevant data to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and apply these to the broader social, economic and environmental urban processes
  • apply creative spatial thinking and innovation approaches in a range of settings and scales while critically presenting design ideas and research results to explain, interpret and evaluate the impact of a specific complex architecture and urban design solution

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theories of Buildings and Cities 
  • Dynamic Modelling of Cities 
  • Design Research Studio
  • Urban Informatics and Modelling 
  • Fabrication and Creative Processes 
  • Design Research Studio 
  • Professional Practice Management 
  • Design Research Studio 
  • Professional Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


200 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code 098496E
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

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • Or equivalent measures available at English language requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39120 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39120 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    36600 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36600 AUD per year during 24 months.

$8,021 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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