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The Master of Architectural Design programme prepares students for an international career in architecture, creating bridges between Eastern and Western culture. Understanding mobility as one of the core conditions of global modernity, the programme attracts international students preparing for a career related to China, as well as domestic students preparing for both national and international careers. The programme focuses on architectural design studio as well as on humanistic and technical modules in preparation of either professional practice or PhD-level studies.
This programme is made to deliver all the learning outcomes as defined by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to qualify for RIBA part 2 validation, which is the second out of three stages in the formal educational process required to register as a professional architect in the United Kingdom.
The programme offers an international perspective, while at the same time enabling students to address the demands of rapid modernisation in China. When you graduate from this programme, you will receive an international masters degree from the University of Liverpool that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Unique selling points
As China experiences unprecedented transformations as well as increasing professional, industrial and academic collaboration with international partners, this programme educates coming generations of architects who have the necessary cross-cultural awareness, social and environmental responsibility, creative and critical capability, technical competence and professional attitude to enable and to define ongoing and future transformations in the built environment domestically and internationally. Emphasising and engaging with the Chinese context and the local built environment, the programme is oriented towards the highest international standards and it attracts both domestic and international students and academic staff.
Design studios are the core of the programme, formed around the ongoing research of the department and the specific needs of the profession within China and across the world. Design studios may have the following themes:
XJTLU’S DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE HAS ACHIEVED RIBA PART 1 VALIDATION FROM THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS (RIBA) FOR ITS UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME. IT HAS INITIATED INTERNATIONAL VALIDATION AT RIBA PART 2 LEVEL FOR ITS MASTERS PROGRAMME.
Knowledge and skills
The Master of Architectural Design programme will teach you how to develop architectural design projects at an advanced level, including the creative, technical and research skills needed, and educate you in the areas of theory, history and criticism of architecture. The most important knowledge and skills taught are:
Additional learning activities (such as internships, study trips, independent studies, etc.)
Additional learning activity modules
Provides enrichment of both theoretical and experiential learning during your masters programme study at XJTLU. ALAs are non-credit and pass/fail. ALAs are prescribed for each programme including some activities that may be jointly developed with your academic advisor. 200 hours per semester are required to complete your masters degree.
The programme includes 200 hours of Additional Learning Activities per semester, most of which are chosen individually by students. They should normally be spread equally over teaching semesters and the summer and winter breaks. An individual student-learning plan will be established at the outset of each semester with the academic advisor. Examples of ALAs include:
This programme provides you with an appropriate foundation for employment in the architectural profession at an advanced level. It also provides the basis for enrolment in a PhD research degree. Our graduates find excellent opportunities in the building and creative industries, in local and international architecture firms, as well as in architecture administration, research and higher education institutions. Our highly international academic staff offer you individual career advice for entry into many job markets in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas.
The Department of Architecture fosters a constantly growing professional network in architecture and related fields. Being located close to the metropolitan area of Shanghai, with its dynamic architecture job market that attracts many international firms, means we can assist you to pursue job opportunities, internships and work placements in China and abroad.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS
Our students are eligible for positions as graduate teaching and/or research assistants at XJTLU, working up to 10 hours per week. These can contribute towards Additional Learning Activities and include a salary.
RMB 160,000 for the entire two year full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.
Equivalent academic qualifications
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in BArch, BEng in Architecture, BA (Hons) in Architecture or equivalent. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their own creative works as a student and a practicing architect/intern (indicating where and when the work was done, who the tutor/supervisor was, who was part of the team and what the applicants' role was in the team, A3-size, typically 10 to 30 pages, in PDF format). An internship in an architecture-related practice is recommended, but not required. We might accept applicants with substantial work experience or an outstanding portfolio even if their grades are lower than the minimum entry requirements.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all sections)
TOEFL iBT: 94 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in BArch, BEng in Architecture, BA (Hons) in Architecture or equivalent. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in other relevant subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their own creative works (A3-size, typically 10 to 30 pages, in PDF format). An internship (year-out) in an architecture-related practice is recommended, but not required. We might accept applicants with substantial work experience or an outstanding portfolio, even if their grades are lower than the minimum entry requirements.
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)