The Master of Architecture Programme at School of HBP is a two-year course which is equivalent to the LAM Part II accreditation upon successful completion. This is a continuation of Bachelor of Science HBP (Architecture) or a similar Degree from other 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 to a professional architect. This master degree also provides opportunities for students to conduct a special area of study on contemporary issues such as sustainability, special technologies, conservation or other areas of special interests.
The course comprises of two years programme where the first year aims at exposing students to the design of multi storey building, focusing on technological and green aspect whereas the second semester is dedicated to problem solving of unique housing design concepts for human settlement. Students are also expected to explore smaller projects of different variety, site context and scale.
In the final year, students are expected to do an independent design thesis study of a challenging typology that suits their interest and touches on wider architectural issues. The programme promotes a holistic green approach in design, combining energy efficiency, optimum indoor environmental quality and other relevant green criteria to produce future architects who are energy conscious, forward thinking and sensitive to the environment offering revolutionary and innovative solutions for future needs. Students are also expected to be sensitive to physical, social and cultural exploration while developing strong philosophy, within an array of contemporary issues and styles. A key objective is to produce designers who have critical and analytical thinking with creative design solving capability for global future.
The pre-requisite to enter the course is to have undergone a minimum duration of 6 months of working experience in the relevant architectural field after completing the Bachelor of Architecture. The study path to Master of Architecture that is offered by the School of HBP is as shown below:
Candidates interested to pursue the Master of Architecture degree must fulfill the requirements listed below:
I. Candidate should hold a good first degree with honours in Bachelor of Science HBP (Architecture), USM or Bachelor of Architecture (honours) (equivalent to LAM Part I) from other universities of higher institutions accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM)
II. Hold a CGPA minimum 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)
III. 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)
IV. 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)
V. Successful performance in the interview process.
International candidates must possess one of the following:-
- A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) (Paper-based); or
- A minimum score of 213 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (computer-based); or
- A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) (Internet-based); or
- A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); or
- English is the candidate’s mother tongue or National Language; or
- The candidate graduated from an Institution of Higher Learning in which the medium of instruction at Bachelor and Master level is English; or
- English courses offered by British Council. (The level of qualification and the relevant courses are to be identified by the University Postgraduate Studies Council); or
- English courses offered by School of Languages, Literacies and Translation (The level of qualification and the relevant courses are to be identified by the University Postgraduate Studies Council); or
- English courses from selected Malaysian public/private university or institution. (The level of qualification and the relevant courses should be previously identified and approved by the University Postgraduate Studies Council).
- Full-time Only: Minimum 4 semesters / 2 years and Maximum 8 semesters / 4 years
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