Postgraduate

Doctor of Architecture (Design)

Make an original contribution to architectural design.

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The University of Western Australia (M355)

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Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

This degree will equip you with the skills and experience to take your career in architecture to the next level.
This degree will equip you with the skills and experience to take your career in architecture to the next level.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Higher doctorate
Higher doctorate

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Research Training Program

Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying a contribution toward the cost of their research courses if UWA provides them with a Research Training Program place. This exemption applies for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The RTP is a performance-based funding scheme administered by the Federal Department of Education and Training.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Higher degree by research – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2021
$106,200.00

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

Qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor of Architecture with at least upper second class honours and sufficient architectural design experience. For more detailed admission requirements see Rule 10.2 in this handbook.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the University’s English language requirements to be eligible for a place.

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Course details

Students in this course undertake a program of individually supervised research leading to the presentation of an exhibition of architectural design that is equivalent in scope to the fully developed design of a building of major cultural significance.

About the course

The Doctor of Architecture (Design) is an individually focused and supervised professional research program executed in the medium of architectural design.
Doctor of Architecture Design

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year except December.
Weekly contact time
  • Full-time students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week on their research throughout the year. Part-time students are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on their research throughout the year.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 25920
CRICOS code
  • 058202M
Doctor of Architecture Design
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year except December.
Weekly contact time
  • Full-time students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week on their research throughout the year. Part-time students are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on their research throughout the year.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 25920
CRICOS code
  • 058202M
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Architecture Design
RESEARCH AT UWA

Why undertake graduate research?

Our students thrive from the challenge of independent research and the freedom to explore and focus on areas of interest. Many high-achieving students elect to undertake a research degree because they have the drive to progress as far as they can in their chosen field. There are also major benefits for career development.

Graduates of research degrees at UWA experience a high rate of success in employment because the generic or transferable skills required for success in their research degree are the same skills that are in high demand by employers. Gaining a research degree indicates to a prospective employer that you have excellent project and personal management skills, shows you can think independently and critically, solve problems and communicate effectively. Transferable skills developed through a research degree are durable and valuable, just as much as the content knowledge gained.
RESEARCH AT UWA

Excellent facilities

At the School of Design, you’ll have access to well-equipped facilities including:

  • Studio spaces
  • Design Hub, a working space with senior student mentors available for assistance
  • Digital fabrication equipment such as plastic extrusion 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines

  • Multiple computer labs with 24-hour access

  • Printmaking studio with etching presses and spray booths

  • Multimedia production facilities

  • Cullity Gallery, where you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work.