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Accredited by Malaysia Board of Architects (LAM) - Part II Validated by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) - Part 2 • The UM Master of Architecture is a leading Part II programme in Malaysia which aims to produce excellent Graduate Architects who are innovative, confident and intelligent. Besides delving into architectural design projects, students are also able to pursue their interests in highly specialised elective courses; AND • Our programme is one out of only two programmes that are accredited by LAM and validated by RIBA in Malaysia.

Contact Person:

  DR. NORAFIDA AB GHAFAR,
Coordinator for Master of Architecture (by coursework)
PhD (Sustainable Architecture), University of Nottingham, UK
MA (Urban Design), Oxford Brookes University, UK
Pg.Dipl. (Architecture), Oxford Brookes University, UK
Pg.Dipl. (Urban Design), Oxford Brookes University, UK
Dipl. (Architecture), Institute Technology MARA

Tel : 03-7967 5392
e-mail : norafida@um.edu.my
 
  NORIZAN BINTI ABD. RAJI
Senior Administrative Assistant
Master by Coursework Programme
Tel : 03-7967 5320
e-mail : norizanabd@um.edu.my
 

The programme is an upgrade of the Bachelor of Architecture which has received the following local accreditation and international validation by Malaysian Board of Architecture (LAM): Part II and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA): Part II

This qualifications will enable them to work as Graduate Architects at government agencies or private companies, building contractors or develops, interior or landscape designers, university lecturers (with PhD) or Professional Architects (with LAM/RIBA Part III qualification).

PROGRAMME DURATION 

Minimum : 2 years (4 Semesters and 1 Special Semester) 
Maximum : 4 years (8 Semesters)

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE (65 CREDITS)

• Core Courses (59 credits)
o Advanced Architectural Design I  & II
o Pre-Thesis 
o Architectural Design Thesis I & II
o Research Methodology
o Architectural Research I & II
o Green & Sustainable Technology I & II
o Professional Practice I & II
o Architect and Construction Management

• Elective Courses (6 credits) 
o Architectural Theory & Philosophy 
o Architectural Comparative Studies 
o Building Conservation 
o Design–Built Project 
o Urban Planning 
o Interior Architecture
o Landscape Architecture
o Universal Design 

  1. UM graduates with Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree can be considered if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Candidates with CGPA of 3.0 and above
    1. Obtained LAM Part 1 accreditation.
    2. Attained an overall grade of ‘B’ and above for Architectural Design Studio course in the final semester of the undergraduate degree program.
    3. Completed a minimum of six (6) months working experience upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
    4. Pass competency interview (Interview, portfolio & technical drawing test).

  1. Candidates with CGPA of 3.0 and above
    1. Obtained LAM Part 1 accreditation
    2. Attained an overall grade of ‘B -’ and below for Architectural Design Studio course in the final semester of the undergraduate degree program.
    3. Completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) months working experience upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
    4. Pass competency interview (Interview, portfolio & technical drawing test)

  1. Candidates with CGPA of 2.70 – 2.99
    1. Obtained LAM Part 1 accreditation
    2. Attained an overall grade of ‘B’ and above for Architectural Design Studio course in the final semester of the undergraduate degree program.
    3. Completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) months working experience upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
    4. Pass competency interview (Interview, portfolio & technical drawing test)

  1. Candidates with CGPA of 2.70 – 2.99
    1. Obtained LAM Part 1 accreditation
    2. Attained an overall grade of ‘B -’ and below for Architectural Design Studio course in the final semester of the undergraduate degree program.
    3. Completed a minimum of thirty-six (36) months working experience upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
    4. Pass competency interview (Interview, portfolio & technical drawing test)

  1. Non UM graduates and International students with Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree can be considered if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Candidates with CGPA of 3.0 and above
    1. Obtained LAM Part 1 accreditation.
    2. Attained an overall grade of ‘B’ and above for Architectural Design Studio course in the final semester of the undergraduate degree program.
    3. Completed a minimum of twelve (12) months working experience upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
    4. Pass competency interview (Interview, portfolio & technical drawing test).

  1. Candidates with CGPA of 3.0 and above
  1. Obtained LAM Part 1 accreditation
  2. Attained an overall grade of ‘B -’ and below for Architectural Design Studio course in the final semester of the undergraduate degree program.
  3. Completed a minimum of thirty-six (36) months working experience upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
  4. Pass competency interview (Interview, portfolio & technical drawing test)

Non UM graduate and International students with CGPA of 2.99 and below are not eligible to apply for the Master of Architecture program
 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  • A band 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic);  or
  • A score of 550 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a  score of 80 for internet-based total for Test of English as a Foreign Language  (TOEFL).; or
  • Band 4 and above in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET); or
  • A score of 42 and above in the Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic); or
  • A Grade C and above in English for General Certificate of Education (A Level), University of Cambridge; or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: First (FCE); or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: Advanced (CAE); or
  • A Grade C and above in the Cambridge Assessment English: Proficiency (CPE).

BAHASA MALAYSIA REQUIREMENT

  • For Malaysian citizen, candidate shall be required to possess at least a Pass in Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia at the level of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or a Level III in Sijil Kecekapan Bahasa Malaysia or a Level III in the Sijil Intensif Bahasa Malaysia of the University or an equivalent level before being conferred the Degree.
  • International candidate shall be required to attend at a satisfactory level a Bahasa Malaysia course that is conducted by the University before being conferred the Degree. However candidate can be exempted from taking the Bahasa Malaysia course if they possesses at least a Pass in Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia at the level of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or Level III in Sijil Kecekapan Bahasa Malaysia or Level II in the Sijil Intensif Bahasa Malaysia of the University or a Bahasa Malaysia course recognised by the University.
     

Semester 1 of the academic year commences in September. The call for application is advertised in local newspapers and on the website https://pgadmission.um.edu.my

Last Updated: 12/10/2021