24 months
15091 USD/year
15091 USD/year
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The Master of Architectural Design programme at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University educates the next generation of forward-looking global architects who have the necessary cross-cultural awareness, social and environmental responsibility, creative and critical capability, technical competence and professional attitude to enable ongoing.

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Combining an international perspective with insight into China's rapid urbanisation, the programme includes both architectural design studios and humanistic and technical modules. A student-centred learning environment offers opportunities for design-driven research and individual experimental enquiry to foster your conceptual design skills as well as research skills in preparation for both professional practice and PhD-level studies.

Students graduating from the programme qualify for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 validation, which is the second out of three stages in the formal educational process required to register as a professional architect in the United Kingdom.


Graduates from this Architectural Design programme at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University have an appropriate foundation for employment in the architectural profession at an advanced level. Graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the building and creative industries, in local and international architecture firms, as well as in architecture administration, research and higher education institutions. The programme also provides a solid foundation for pursuing a PhD.


This is the first and only postgraduate architecture course in mainland China validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Technology in Architecture
  • Architectural Theory and Criticism
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Design Studio
  • Topics in Architectural History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • BArch, BEng in Architecture, BA (Hons) in Architecture or equivalent, or a degree in closely related fields, such as urban design, or landscape architecture
  • An internship (year-out) in architecture-related practice is recommended, but not required. This work experience should be evidenced in a signed and authorized document. A portfolio is required


  • UK upper second class honours (2:1) or equivalent


  • Top 100 of 2021 Shanghai Ranking or World-class universities or First-class disciplines (MoE, People’s Republic of China): 75 percent or above (Weighted Average Mark)
  • Other universities: 80 - 85 percent or above (Weighted Average Mark), depending on your undergraduate institution


  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or
  • 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15091 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30183 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    15091 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30183 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

RMB 192,000 for the entire programme.

Living costs for Suzhou

3000 - 5500 CNY /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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