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University of Melbourne Masters Degrees in Architecture, Building & Planning

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As a Master of Architectural Engineering student you will gain an internationally-recognised qualification in the architectural, engineering and structural design of buildings. Read more

As a Master of Architectural Engineering student you will gain an internationally-recognised qualification in the architectural, engineering and structural design of buildings. The degree is highly transferable across industries in different countries.

You will be taught by a world-class group of experts drawn from the Melbourne School of Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Linkages between the study programs will be explored via a dedicated architectural engineering capstone/thesis subject.

Students entering via an undergraduate major in architecture will initially complete an eight subject sequence in Engineering. Students entering from an engineering major will complete an eight subject sequence in architecture. At the completion of first year, both groups will commence a shared second year sequence.

You will gain

  • Advanced knowledge of the principles of engineering underpinning the provision of infrastructure and of the principles of design based on architectural history, theory and contemporary practice
  • Knowledge of current practice contexts, including environmental, technological, regulatory and project-delivery systems
  • The technical and creative skills to design and produce outputs that demonstrate an appreciation of economic, environmental issues, social and cultural issues as well as building systems and materials
  • The ability to think strategically at different environmental and urban scales.


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In the Master of Architecture you will gain. Cutting-edge skills to help advance built environment design. Grounding in architectural history, theory and technology so you create innovative architecture, relevant to time and place, people and culture. Read more

In the Master of Architecture you will gain:

  • Cutting-edge skills to help advance built environment design
  • Grounding in architectural history, theory and technology so you create innovative architecture, relevant to time and place, people and culture
  • Highly developed skills to manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams
  • A sustainable outlook with the ability to use new materials and technologies to create environmentally sustainable buildings

Accreditation

The Master of Architecture meets the requirements of the professional associations listed below and undergoes a regular formal review process to ensure the quality and relevance of the program.

  • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Architects Registration Board of Victoria
  • Commonwealth Association of Architects

Completing an accredited degree means you enter the workforce with a stamp of quality on your CV. In a competitive market, an accredited degree is an assurance of quality to employers and an advantage for you. For us, it means we continually strive to improve the quality of the degree in order to retain accreditation. So, you know you are getting the most up-to-date and innovative educational experience.

Career Outcomes

The Master of Architecture offers you flexibility so you can take a two-year program if you already have a three-year undergraduate degree in Architecture or the three-year program if your first degree is not in architecture and you are making a career change.

Once you have completed the program you can go on to work as an architect in private firms or government departments, or set up your own practice working on residential, commercial and institutional projects.

You may also move into related careers such as industrial design, furniture design, interior design, landscape design, urban design, urban planning, facility management, project management and development, and conservation and heritage management.



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Learn to manage the construction process end-to-end. The Master of Construction Management is a professional degree which will kick start your career in the construction industry or further develop your expertise to advance your career. Read more

Learn to manage the construction process end-to-end

The Master of Construction Management is a professional degree which will kick start your career in the construction industry or further develop your expertise to advance your career.

You will gain the theoretical knowledge, as well as the practical skills, to manage the social, technological, financial and environmental challenges facing the construction industry today.

The Master of Construction Management is a 300 point or 3 year program. The first 100 points (1 year) is made up of foundation study tailored to students from non-construction backgrounds. Students from cognate backgrounds such as construction management and semi-cognate backgrounds such as Architecture or Civil Engineering will often have completed appropriate studies that will allow them to receive credit for up to the first year of the program, reducing the duration to 2 or 2.5 years.

To enable credit/advanced standing to be assessed at the time of application, please supply detailed course information in the form of the official course syllabus for each relevant subjects studied.

In the Master of Construction Management you choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Building
  • Cost management
  • Project management

Whether you are starting your career in construction or coming from industry to further develop your expertise, you will find a specialisation that suits your career aspirations.

You will take a concentration of core and elective subjects focussed on your chosen area of specialisation. If you are undertaking the three-year program, you will first complete a series of compulsory construction subjects.

Graduates of the Master of Construction Management will:

  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of technical understanding of the design of buildings and associated construction processes and solutions;
  • Have an understanding of a broad range of management theory underpinning its practical application in the delivery of construction projects to meet the client’s cost, time, aesthetic, functional and operational requirements;
  • Recognise and understand how projects are evaluated, structured and delivered in terms of risk allocations and contractual obligations;
  • Be problem solvers, able to research, analyse, evaluate and discuss a wide range of construction technologies and management strategies applicable to the practice of construction management;
  • Understand the principles and practices of managing, motivating and leading people who work in construction project teams.

Accreditation

The Master of Construction Management meets the requirements of the professional associations listed below and undergoes a regular formal review process to ensure the quality and relevance of the program.

  • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)

Completing an accredited degree means you enter the workforce with a stamp of quality on your CV. In a competitive market, an accredited degree is an assurance of quality to employers and an advantage for you. For us, it means we continually strive to improve the quality of the degree in order to retain accreditation. So, you know you are getting the most up-to-date and innovative educational experience.

Career Outcomes

Depending on your specialisation, you may work in any of the following:

  • General construction companies
  • Quantity surveying organisations
  • Project management firms
  • Trade specialists
  • Specialised consultancies
  • Institutional bodies
  • Research institutions


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Gain exceptional landscape design skills in this studio-based program. Read more

Gain exceptional landscape design skills in this studio-based program

The Master of Landscape Architecture offers you flexibility, so you can take a two-year program if you already have a three-year undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture or the three-year program if your first degree is not in landscape architecture and you are making a career change.

Accreditation

The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and is recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

Upon graduation you will have completed the educational requirements for membership of AILA and may apply for graduate membership as the first step towards full professional registration.

The program undergoes regular review for quality assurance.

Completing an accredited degree means you enter the workforce with a stamp of quality on your CV. In a competitive market, an accredited degree is an assurance of quality to employers and an advantage for you. For us, it means we continually strive to improve the quality of the degree in order to retain accreditation. So, you know you are getting the most up-to-date and innovative educational experience.

Program overview

In the Master of Landscape Architecture you will gain a strong grounding in ecology and urbanism. This knowledge will be complemented by in-depth study of history and theory encompassing:

  • Contemporary landscape architecture
  • Urban design theory
  • Cross cultural perspectives of space and cities
  • History of landscape architecture and architecture

You will undertake a range of core design studios supplemented by specialist landscape architecture subjects and electives from related built environment disciplines, including urban design, urban planning, architecture, property and construction.

All this will give you a well-rounded base from which to produce creative and sustainable design solutions for urban and natural environments.

The Master of Landscape Architecture will give you the knowledge and skills to help improve our built and natural environments through innovative design. You will gain:

  • The skills to design ecologically sound and contemporary landscapes using the latest materials and technologies
  • In-depth understanding of international contemporary practice
  • The management and communications skills to work effectively in interdisciplinary project teams, directly applicable in professional practice
  • An in-depth grounding in landscape architectural history and theory. 

Career outcomes

As a qualified landscape architect you will be in demand at all levels of government, in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and in landscape architectural, planning, engineering and multidisciplinary consultancy firms.

You may also find employment with groups such as conservation agencies and land development organisations, or you may choose to set up your own landscape architectural practice.



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Prepare for a professional career as a planning practitioner. As we adapt to global changes that impact our cities including climate change, deepening inequality, concerns for community health and safety, and the emergence of global city-regions, planning has never been more critical. Read more

Prepare for a professional career as a planning practitioner

As we adapt to global changes that impact our cities including climate change, deepening inequality, concerns for community health and safety, and the emergence of global city-regions, planning has never been more critical.

The Master of Urban Planning is a professional degree that focuses on Australian and international policy and planning pertaining to human settlements and how we cope with these challenging population and environmental issues.

Accreditation

The Master of Urban Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and undergoes a regular review process to ensure the quality and relevance of the program.

Completing an accredited degree means you enter the workforce with a stamp of quality on your CV. In a competitive market, an accredited degree is an assurance of quality to employers and an advantage for you. For us, it means we continually strive to improve the quality of the degree in order to retain accreditation. So, you know you are getting the most up-to-date and innovative educational experience.

Program Overview

In the Master of Urban Planning, you will examine the interaction between people, the places they live and the policies that help shape economically viable, socially just, environmentally sustainable, safe and healthy communities. You will explore:

  • The frameworks and operations of different planning systems and debates
  • Different perspectives on urban problems, policies, planning and practices
  • Planning in relation to critical issues such as housing, energy, health, strategy, transport, economy and disaster recovery
  • The way in which planning decisions impact on real world situations

The program allows you to develop expertise in an area of specialisation in preparation for a focussed career. As well as core courses, electives and a research thesis, you will complete four courses in one of the following areas:

  • International development planning
  • Urban development and planning
  • Social and community planning
  • Environmental planning

You will develop critical thinking skills and the ability to respond creatively to urban planning issues. You will examine cities in an international comparative context, gaining knowledge you can apply in your career, wherever you end up.

The MUP will:

  • Equip students so that they are sought-after practitioners and researchers of urban planning in Australia and internationally;
  • Provide students with a choice of electives to enable them to develop their intellectual and career interests;
  • Encourage an environment in which theoretical and applied planning knowledge is developed;
  • Recognise and build upon the range of prior skills and knowledge students bring to the program;
  • Engage students with key contemporary planning ideals, ethics and debates, including debates surrounding the creation of equitable and sustainable human settlements; and,
  • Provide research opportunities allowing students to undertake supervised and self-directed learning.

Career Outcomes

Many Master of Urban Planning graduates enter the public sector and work in government departments and agencies, or for local councils and regions.

The private sector and civil society, within Australia and internationally, offers an increasing range of employment opportunities, including urban planning and design, environmental and transport planning consultancies, property development companies, and housing and community advocacy. There are also opportunities in tertiary education and research.

Urban planners work with teams of related professionals such as architects, landscape architects, engineers, environmental scientists, economists, property valuers, real estate developers, lawyers and sociologists.



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The Master of Urban Horticulture has been designed for a diversity of graduate students including those who wish to upgrade their urban horticulture and landscape management skills and those embarking on a new career. Read more

The Master of Urban Horticulture has been designed for a diversity of graduate students including those who wish to upgrade their urban horticulture and landscape management skills and those embarking on a new career.

Core studies are completed in the areas of plant production and establishment, horticultural science, urban flora, landscape management, a research project and either project management, social research or experimental design and statistics. Elective subjects include social and therapeutic horticulture, garden history and design, urban tree management, managing invasive species and many others across the university.

The Master of Urban Horticulture is a unique qualification. It is the only graduate course in the southern hemisphere, and one of a few in the world, specifically designed for students seeking employment or career advancement in the expanding urban horticulture and landscape management industries. In an increasingly urbanised world high quality, multi-functional urban green spaces and urban forests are seen by citizens, governments and the private sector as increasingly important for the environmental, economic, social and health benefits they provide. Graduates of the Master of Urban Horticulture are uniquely placed to advocate for, design, create and manage urban vegetation, contributing to cleaner, sustainable and more liveable cities.

Upon completion of this course, student should have:

  • Skills and knowledge in the design, implementation and current management practices of urban landscapes;
  • Ability to interpret, critically analyse and evaluate data generated through research activities in order to effectively implement horticultural programs and operations;
  • Innovative approaches to the contemporary, interdisciplinary management of urban landscapes and ecosystems by applying the principles and practices of biological, socio-cultural and environmental factors;
  • Ability to evaluate urban vegetation, compare and explain green infrastructure systems and communicate the future effects of climate change and its relevance to the discipline of urban horticulture;
  • An understanding of problem solving methodologies and demonstrate personal accountability by applying solutions to the diversity of challenges facing urban horticultural managers;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, to a range of audiences, the environmental and functional value of urban horticultural philosophy to the development of creative and vibrant cities.

CAREER OUTCOMES

As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:

  • Arboricultural services and tree management
  • Urban parks and public open space
  • Revegetation and restoration
  • Residential landscape design
  • Landscape and asset management
  • Landscape construction and services
  • Nursery and greenhouse management


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