Master of Architecture

Application Dates
Applications Open
6 Mar 2018
Course Overview
Masters (Coursework)
Tuition Fees
Full Time: RM 14,080
Penang, Malaysia
Full Time: 2 - 4 Years
Prior Study
Bachelor degree
Graduation Results
2.99 and lower (Pass)
Study Field

Course outline

The Master of Architecture Programme at the School of Housing, Building & Planning is a two-year course which upon completion, is equivalent to the LAM Part II accreditation. This is a continuation of the Bachelor of Science HBP (Architecture) or a similar Degree from other recognised local universities or abroad with LAM Part I accreditation or equivalent. The course objective is to train future architects to be competent in exploring the design process and related skills vital for professional architects. It also provides opportunities for students to conduct specific areas of studies on contemporary issues such as sustainability, special technologies, conservation or other related areas of special interests.

Courses breakdown

  1. Architecture Studio 5 and 6
  2. Design Thesis 1 and 2
  3. Energy Efficient Building Design Technology
  4. Research Project
  5. Building Technology
  6. Professional Practice 1 and 2
  7. Architecture Critics
  8. Architecture in Urban Design

Design Thesis

In the final year, students are expected to complete an independent design thesis study of challenging typologies that suit theirinterests, touching wider architectural issues. The course promotes a holistic green approach in design, combining energy efficiency, optimum indoor environmental quality and other relevant green criteria; in order to produce future architects with energyconsciousness, forward thinking and sensitive to the environment that could offer revolutionary and innovative solutions for future needs. Students are also expected to be sensitive to the physical, social and cultural aspects in order to develop strongphilosophies, within an array of contemporary issues and styles. The key objective is to produce designers who possess critical and analytical thinking, along with creative design solving capabilities for the needs of a globalised future.

Tuition fees

Aside from academic fees, there are some additional charges that are added onto the total cost of the course.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess the following:

  1. Fulfill the general requirements of USM’s Institute of Postgraduate Studies
  2. Candidates should hold a good first degree in Bachelor of Science HBP (Architecture), USM or Bachelor of Architecture (equivalent to LAM Part I) from other universities of higher institutions accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM)
  3. Hold a minimum CGPA of 2.75 for the Bachelor of Science HBP (Architecture) or from other universities or institutions with equivalent of LAM Part I with at least 6 months of working experience in relevent fields after graduation (a requirement from LAM)
  4. If candidates’ CGPA is in the range of  2.5 – 2.74, two years minimum of working experience after graduation is required in relevent fields (a requirement from LAM)
  5. If candidates’ CGPA is in the range of  2.0 – 2.49, five years minimum of working experience after graduation is required in relevent fields (a requirement from LAM)
  6. Successful in the interview process

English language requirements

International candidates must possess one of the following:

  • A minimum score of 550 in Paper-Based TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 213 in Computer-Based TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 80 in Internet-Based TOEFL
  • A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Mother tongue / national language of the applicant is English
  • The applicant graduated from institutions of higher learning which the language of instruction is English
  • English courses offered by the British Council
  • English courses offered by the School of Languages ​​, Literacy and Translation, USM
  • English courses from selected universities / colleges
  • The level of approval and relevant courses should be identified and approved by the Council of Graduate Studies in advance

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage to find out local and international opportunities. 
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Institute of Postgraduate Studies

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia
  • tel: +604 653 2606 
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