Master of Architecture

Program Introduction

  • Duration of Study

    The normal duration of this course is 2 year,and the maximum duration is 3 years.

  • Teaching Approach

    Face-to-face Teaching

  • Teaching Language


  • Academic Field


  • Course Introduction

Study Plan

This program includes three core courses, one major course, one elective courses, academic activities, professional internship, graduation design project and a master’s degree thesis.


Table 1: Core courses (9 credits)

Course Code

Course Title




Research Methodology in Design


Complete during the first and second semesters


Advanced Architectural and Environmental Design I



Advanced Architectural and Environmental Design II




Table 2: Major courses (3 credits)

Major:   Architectural Heritage Conservation

Course Code

Course Title




Research on Development and Construction of Urban Space




Complete within Semester 2

Major:   Waterfront Urban Architecture and Design

Course Code

Course Title



Waterfront City and Sustainable Architecture Design Studies


The University has the ultimate right to decide which course or whether the course will be opened for all Major subjects.



Table 3: Elective courses (3 credits)

Select one elective course from the following three courses

Course Code

Course Title




Special Topics in Building Environmental Control


Complete within Semester 2


Architectural Reuse and Cultural Creativity



Historical Architecture Conservation and Reuse




Table 4: Others (4 credits)

Course Code

Course Title




Academic Activities (ten times of attendance)


Complete during the first to third semesters


Professional Internship


Complete during the second and third semesters



Table 5: Graduation Design Project and Thesis (15 credits)

Course Code

Course Title



Graduation Design Project






Course Description

Research Methodology in Design (3 credits)  

This course introduces the basic principles, methods and practical techniques of architectural design research. Through the study of the course, the students can understand and master how to turn the problem I am interested in into a feasible research topic, so as to design a set of research programs, draw up standardized research plans and write research reports demonstrating the results.

Advanced Architectural and Environmental Design I, II (6 credits) 

This course takes practical and specific cases of architecture and urban design as the study objects, and is required to complete the design exercise by a series of scientific steps, such as the exploration of design topics, theoretical discussion, case study, design objectives and principles, alternative proposal, formulation of evaluation criteria, project evaluation and final design. The teaching process enables the students to understand and become familiar with the procedures of urban design. The result of the project includes 

the presentation of illustrations, models and 3D animation, as well as the emphasis on the writing of the report. In order to train the students' ability of communication, coordination and teamwork, the students will be divided into groups for Team Work teaching.

Research on Development and Construction of Urban Space (3 credits

The purpose of this course is to theoretically understand and analyze the local economy and urban development, and propose relevant development strategies from the perspective of  urban planning. In addition to absorbing relevant theoretical knowledge and empirical experience at home and abroad by literature review, the techniques of development policy and planning will also be discussed. In order to combine the theory learning and design practice, there are practical theme units implemented for the students to have in-depth operation experience during the teaching process.

Waterfront City and Sustainable Architecture Design Studies (3 credits

Through the research of sustainable architectural issues, the students will understand the necessary architectural design and construction methods under the guidance of  sustainable design principles. Through lectures and case studies, the students will be  familiar with the materials and technologies present day in use, and understand the characteristics and assembling of materials in the sustainable concepts. In addition, the course will introduce and predict the sustainable application of the future materials and redefine the possibility of future architectural design in the concept of sustainable development.

Special Topics on Research of Architectural Environment Control (3 credits

The purpose of this course is to understand the trends of the earth environment and climate changes, as well as the impacts of various physical environmental factors on buildings.   The students will be taught to understand the application principles of various modern equipments, explore the advanced scientific control methods, so as to make comfortable, convenient, safe and healthy buildings and construct the better environmental quality.

Architectural Reuse and Cultural Creativity (3 credits

This course will take cultural and creative industry theory as the principal axis, and systematically teach relevant theoretical research, supplemented by the description and comparative analysis of the practical reuse cases. To have a comprehensive understanding and knowledge in the relevant theories, concepts, cultural laws and regulations, the current situation of development. To develop the advanced professional knowledge of the corresponding requirements and improve the diversity means of revitalizing the buildings.

Historical Architecture Conservation and Regeneration (3 credits

After continuing the integration of architectural construction, architectural history, and building codes, this course will explore the current situation and advanced operation of the reuse of historic buildings. To Deepen the concept and cognition of historical building reuse, and further enhance the design practice ability.

Academic Activities (1 credits) 

The students must participate in at least ten academic events recognized by the faculty, including talks, seminars and academic visit. The students should also submit a report of one page length(A4) after each participation and have every report graded by the adviser. It aims to cultivate students’ comprehensive qualities, broaden their academic horizons, and galvanize innovative thinking.

Professional Internship (3 credits)

The internship course aims to improve the teaching quality, cultivate students' practical ability and innovative spirit, enabling students to enter the field of social practice in advance. To enhance their understanding of the knowledge and professional knowledge, cultivate and improve students' practical skills of self-discovery, analysis and problem solving.

Graduation Design Project (6 credits)

Graduation design requires the students to comprehensively apply the knowledge, theory and methods learned at the university in the past two years. Combined with a complete design project, a systematic, comprehensive, and full training will be made in respect of  raising design problems, analyzing of design problems, solving the design problem.

Thesis (9 credits) 

The students must submit a master dissertation (no less than 10,000 words, excluding footnotes, chapter notes and references) and attend an oral defence. The students must obey the university's requirements of the format to write the master dissertation.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete three core courses, one course under specific major, one elective course, academic activities (ten times of attendance),professional internship and graduation design project during the first 3 semesters to gain 25credits.Students are required to complete an original research master’s thesis ofat least 10,000 words and pass the thesis oral defense.After finishing each course, students will be assessed based on regulations established by the instructor and the Faculty.

Learning Time

The duration for taking all courses is 18 months. The duration for thesis writing and graduation design project is 6 months. Classes will generally be scheduled from Monday to Sunday, daytime or at nights.

Qualifications of Graduation

Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Master’s Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has: completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (excluding dissertation); and abided by the regulations of the University; and cleared all fees and charges and returned all University’sproperty and equipment borrowed. If the student pass all courses required in table 1 to 4, and Graduation Design Project in table 5 above with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, but fails to submit or pass the final thesis oral defense during the specified period, he/she can only get a completion certificate. Note: All curriculums and study plans are based on the newest announcement of the Boletim Oficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau. ※In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.