Please ensure that you meet all the admissions requirements for the program you are applying for and follow the checklist below to apply.
1. Completion of an undergraduate degree
Ensure you meet the undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree) prerequisite for the program you would like to apply for.
- A three-year undergraduate degree with a weighted average of at least 65% (equivalent to the University of Melbourne grading scheme) is required to apply for most programs in the MSD
- A three-year undergraduate degree in a related discipline is required to apply for the 200 point stream in the Masters programs. If you have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in a non-related discipline you must apply for the 300 point stream
- View the specific entry requirements for your course.
2. Submission of academic results
Provide an original or copy of your academic transcript together with a grading scale used by the University (or Faculty/Department) where you completed your undergraduate degree.
Please ensure any transcripts for studies completed as part of a study abroad/exchange program are included as well as transcripts for subjects transferred/credited towards your degree.
If you have completed your Bachelor degree at the University of Melbourne you do not need to submit a hard copy of your results.
3. English language
All applicants must satisfy the University's English Language requirements.
4. Personal statement
Most of our courses require a personal statement of up to 500 words outlining prior study, work experience, and motivation to undertake the program. The only exception to this is the Master of Urban Design which does not require a Personal Statement.
Your statement can be uploaded via the online application system.
5. Design portfolio
A design portfolio is required for the Master of Architecture (both 200 and 300 point streams), Master of Architectural Engineering, Master of Landscape Architecture (200 point stream only) and the Master of Urban Design.
Submitting your portfolio
- Portfolios are to be submitted online through Slideroom.
- You will need to set up a Slideroom account to upload your portfolio after you have completed your University of Melbourne online application and received a University of Melbourne applicant identification number.
- Following completion of your online application you will receive a link to the MSD Slideroom portal.
- There is a portfolio submission fee of USD$5 which you will need pay before your portfolio can successfully be submitted. You can pay the submission fee using one of the following: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB, Diner’s Club and China Union Pay.
- The file size of your portfolio should not exceed 10 MB
- The number of pages should not exceed 15-20 single pages. Please note this includes cover page and contents.
- The portfolio must be saved as one PDF file and must be in landscape format
- Note that portfolios are evaluated digitally and should be easily readable with limited zooming or scrolling
Each page of your portfolio should include:
- If your work is a product of university study please specify a short description of the brief, the academic year level of the studio, the subject name and the nature of your involvement (i.e. individual or group work)
- You must indicate if each project is individual or group work. In the case of group work or a professional project, please indicate roles, responsibilities and the percentage of your input to the design project. You should include only one professional or work experience project in the portfolio unless your undergraduate degree was completed 5 or more years before the date of submission.
- If images are taken from work experience, clearly state the nature of your involvement in the project (drafting, design or other)
- Where a page of the portfolio has multiple images, please label each image
- Applicants are encouraged to refer to the Design Portfolio Template when compiling their portfolios.
- See how design portfolios are assessed by the Selection Committee: Design Portfolio Matrix
6. Syllabus/Course Descriptions
If you are seeking Advanced Standing (credit for prior study) you must provide all relevant course descriptions/syllabus from previous study. Applicants are assessed for as much credit as possible at the point of application. Please ensure the syllabus/course description is thorough and complete and contains as much detail as possible so you can be assessed for the maximum amount of credit. The Selection Committee will assess for credit based on the information provided, assessing for subject equivalency, content, learning outcomes, assessment methods, contact hours, volume of learning, and academic merit.
Please note, this is your one opportunity to be assessed for Advanced Standing. Applications for additional credit after admission will not be considered unless there has been a major change to your transcript (e.g. your Bachelor transcript was not complete at the time of application, and you now have a complete updated transcript).
7. Application dates
Final application deadline dates are as follows:
- Semester 1, 2018: apply by Wednesday 31 October 2017
- Semester 2, 2018: apply by Monday 30 April 2018
Semester start dates are available in the Academic Calendar.
You should hear within 8 weeks of submission of your complete application (including all supporting documentation).
Late applications cannot be accepted.
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