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C09048v2 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture (BDesign(Hons))
CRICOS code: 044180E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture offers graduates of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (C10004) the opportunity to pursue advanced work in subject areas related to architecture and prepares them for postgraduate research.

This course allows students to work at a higher level of academic study. It also allows study in a relevant area of student interest.

Career options

Career options include architect (after completion of the Master of Architecture), urban designer, landscape architect, administrator, policymaker, researcher, educator or journalist.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Demonstrates ability to take responsibility for actions and decisions in the development of independent research
A.2 Demonstrated capacity to develop an informal and ethical position on social, technical and environmental practices appropriate to research outcomes
A.3 Demonstrates ability to critically situate studio work within a broader theoretical and professional disciplinary context
C.1 Demonstrates ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways appropriate to research outcomes
C.2 Demonstrates ability to engage in, and contribute to, debate at a professional level
I.1 Demonstrates innovation in design and scholarly resources appropriate to research
I.2 Ability to innovate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
P.1 Demonstrates ability to apply communication techniques, knowledge and understanding to practical applications in architecture
P.2 Demonstrates ability to thoughtfully apply disciplinary learning in practice with an ongoing commitment to individual research interests and professional development
P.3 Demonstrates ability to demonstrate knowledge of architectural precedent and to place architectural practice within a contextual framework
P.4 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of current architectural practices and the context of the profession
R.1 Demonstrates ability to source, evaluate and utilise appropriate academic and professional references
R.2 Demonstrates ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies at an advanced level
R.3 Demonstrates ability to present advanced analysis and critical positions
R.4 Demonstrates ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking and formulate an appropriate research project

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

An appropriate first degree can include the UTS Bachelor of Design in Architecture (C10004). The following requirements also apply:

  • applicants must have a credit average or better at level 2 of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (or equivalent from another university)
  • the feasibility of the proposed project must be demonstrated by a two-to-three-page description of the thesis proposed including an account of the methods to be employed in completing the project
  • applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of what is involved in undertaking the research for the project in the proposed area of study
  • the availability of staff for supervision as indicated in a signed statement by a potential supervisor.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered full time only, over two sessions. The maximum time taken to complete the course is three sessions.

Course structure

Students complete 48 credit points, comprising one 12-credit-point coursework subject, one 12-credit-point preparatory honours thesis subject and one 24-credit-point honours thesis.

Students must complete a coursework subject, conducted in the first half of first session, devoted to research methods, information retrieval skills and the initial development of their thesis proposal. Students then spend the remainder of the first session and the whole of second session producing, under the direction of a specific supervisor, a thesis relevant to their academic, professional and/or creative agenda. The thesis is based on their original work informed by theoretical study and independent research.

The final level of honours achieved is determined by a weighted calculation of the three components of the honours course:

  • pass in subject Research Methods (required for obtaining any level of honours)
  • honours thesis preparatory mark (35 per cent)
  • honours thesis mark (65 per cent).

The level of honours degree awarded is dependent on the student's final percentage mark for the course:

  • honours first class (85–100 per cent)
  • honours second class (division 1) (75–84 per cent)
  • honours second class (division 2) (65–74 per cent)
  • honours third class (50–64 per cent)
  • fail (less than 50 per cent).

Course completion requirements

11391 Research Methods, Information Retrieval and Project Proposal 12cp
11392 Honours Thesis: Preparatory 12cp
11393 Honours Thesis 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The example program below is for a full-time student completing the Bachelor of Design in Architecture commencing in Autumn session, followed by the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Architecture.

Year 1
Autumn session
11391 Research Methods, Information Retrieval and Project Proposal   12cp
11392 Honours Thesis: Preparatory   12cp
Spring session
11393 Honours Thesis   24cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building