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Master of Architectural Design

Course Description

This two-year programme prepares you for two main purposes: to work as a fully qualified professional architect and to conduct independent research, qualifying you for further PhD-level studies.

The programme is designed to deliver all the learning outcomes as defined by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to qualify for 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.

The programme offers an international perspective, at the same time enabling you to grapple with the demands of rapid modernisation in China. When you graduate from this programme you will receive an international masters degree from the University of Liverpool.

Studio units

Units are formed around the research of the department and the specific needs of the profession within China and across the world. Studio units are formed around the following themes:
• Urban development and regeneration
• Innovation in fabrication and construction
• Computer-aided architectural design
• Architectural theory and criticism
• Social and cultural studies

Core Modules

Year 1
• Design Studio 1
• Applied Technology in Architecture
• Architectural Theory and Criticism
• Advanced Professional Practice
• Design Studio 2
• Topics in Architectural History

Summer Practice Placement (3 months)

Year 2
• Design Studio 3
• Architectural Design and Research Methods
• Practice Based Enquiry and Architectural Representation
• Design Studio 4
• Thesis

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates find excellent opportunities jobs in administration, research and higher education, as well as in the building and creative industries. Our highly international academic staff offer you individual career advice for entry into many job markets in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas.

Visit the Master of Architectural Design page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chienhua Huang

2368.jpg "I was introduced to XJTLU by one of my classmates in high school. After searching online, I found out there is an architecture available in this university and it seemed very promising. I was admitted through China's University Entrance Examination (Gaokao) for students from Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan. During my studies I got to communicate my ideas and theories with professors from varying cultural and social background. At the beginning I had to adjust myself in terms of language usage, logic and focuses but I quickly overcame these issues. XJTLU offers great support such as personal one-on-one tutorials with our professors, we exhibited our work and even had the opportunity to go on a study trip in Shanxi (China) with exchange students from the University of Liverpool. In general, I believe XJTLU is unique because of its effort to introduce British education here in China, which provides alternative perspectives to Chinese culture and also general disciplines."
Chienhua Huang, Alumni, Architecture


Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

50% ScholarshipXJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants will be considered for this scholarship based on academic merit.
Note: There are currently no scholarships available for part-time programmes.

The University of Liverpool discount If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20% of the tuition fee.

Corporate and Association Discounts

We are pleased to offer corporate and business/professional association discounts for managers

• For 2 or more managers from the same company or organisation for the same start date: 10% company discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer • For managers working for a company or organisation that is a paid-up member of an approved professional or industry association: 10% association discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer and/or the association
To sign up for the corporate or association discount or to enquire whether an association has already been approved by the University please contact [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off the tuition fee


All applicants for full-time programmes will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

For any enquiries regarding scholarships please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in BArch, BEng in Architecture, BA(Hons) in Architecture or equivalent. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their own creative works (A3-size, typically 10 to 30 pages, in PDF format).

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