The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a three-year full-time programme offered by the Department of Architecture. Built on the existing 2-year MArch, the 3-year MArch offers a path for qualified students from undergraduate programmes outside of architecture to pursue an architectural education. The 3-year MArch will operate on a mixed funding model consisting of both self-funded and UGC-funded places. One year of advanced standing of up to a maximum of 60 credits may be granted by the Board of the Faculty to applicants who hold a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies degree at this University; or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. Students who are granted with 60 credits of advanced standing can complete the programme in two-year of study. Hong Kong is situated at the crossroads of modern China and the international community, and within this unique context, the MArch programme prepares students for the challenges to be faced by architects in the twenty-first century. Graduates of the programme benefit from local expertise, firsthand knowledge of China, and global readiness. MArch students are immersed in an active culture of service and scholarship, in which disciplinary experimentation is balanced with the teaching of core professional competencies. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizing current design and production technologies, within an understanding of the historical and theoretical culture of architecture, the programme enables students to acquire broad expertise, skills and knowledge with which to confront the complexities of contemporary architectural discourse, design and practice.
The professional degree of two-year Master of Architecture (MArch) is recognized by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), Architects Registration Board (ARB), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and the National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA). Upon passing the Professional Assessment held by HKIA/ARB in Hong Kong, graduates are eligible to apply for admission as Members of HKIA and as Registered Architects. The accreditation of the three-year Master of Architecture degree is pending for approval.