Career Pathways

Become an architect

Manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams

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How long will it take?

3 years Bachelors degree
2 years Master of Architecture

Why study with us?

Architecture is a creative and exciting design-based profession managing all aspects of the built environment, combining art, science and technology with business, social and environmental concerns.

Our Master of Architecture is an accredited degree* so you enter the workforce with a competitive advantage as this is an assurance of quality to employers.

Explore your design interests throughout your undergraduate degree and specialise or expand your experience at a postgraduate level.

Graduate with both an undergraduate and graduate degree, giving you higher level of qualification than a traditional double degree.

*Accredited by Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)

Where will this take me?

Career outcomes

Professional architects often find employment in private architectural firms, working on residential, commercial or institutional projects. There are also opportunities to work on interiors and historic building conservation and renovation. Many graduates will realise an ambition to run their own architectural practice, while others pursue work overseas

  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Designer
  • Architectural Draftsperson
  • Cadet Quantity Surveyor
  • Designer and Fabrication Consultant
  • Graphic Designer
  • Façade Coordinator
  • Lighting Consultant
  • Product Designer
  • Researcher
  • Student Architect

What are the study options?

Standard entry

1. Undergraduate degree

First up you need to meet the entry requirements for the undergraduate degree.

2. Graduate degree

The Master of Architecture also has specific prerequisite and grade entry requirements to be considered for entry. Specifically, a design portfolio in a format specific by the selection committee, a personal statement, one design studio subject and one art, architecture, built environment or design history subject at a undergraduate level, with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65%.

Other entry pathways

Graduate Degree Packages

The University also offers guaranteed entry to high–achieving domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia baseed on your ATAR.

Discover more about Graduate Degree Packages

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.

Discover more about Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholars


The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Find a scholarship that's right for you

Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Why study at the University of Melbourne

Industry-ready skills

Industry-ready skills

A grounding in architectural history, theory and technology that leads to the creation of innovative architecture.

Design greener buildings

Design greener buildings

A sustainable outlook with the ability to use new materials and technologies to create environmentally sustainable buildings.

Career ready

Career ready

Highly developed skills to manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams.

Talk to us

Please speak to our expert staff to discover more about our learning opportunities and get support with your application.