Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture


Program Code: 
  • RMIT Pham Ngoc Thach
2 years
School of Communication & Design
Full-time | Part-time

The Master of Architecture at RMIT combines theory with practice. Our students work on real-world projects with local and international industry partners, and learn from award-winning academics.

Program structure

As a new international offering in Vietnam, the Master of Architecture MC163-VRI is not accredited. The process of seeking international accreditation with the Royal Institute of British Architects is underway.

Career prospects

Graduates find work in architecture, design and building practices in the private and public sector. In small to medium-sized practices, graduates are engaged in a broad range of activities from design to project management. In large architectural companies, graduates may work across a number of disciplines, and often pursue international career opportunities.

Careers include
  • Architect
  • Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Heritage & Conservation Consultant
  • Design Consultant
  • Design Educator
  • Urban Designer
  • City Planner
  • Urban Development Manager
Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • An architecture-specific Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification). You will be selected competitively based on your grades and folio.
  • If you are applying from RMIT University Australia, with a Bachelor of Architectural Design, with a GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or above you will be granted automatic entry.
  • If you have completed an equivalent Bachelor degree from another institution or are an RMIT graduate and do not meet the requirements for guaranteed entry you may be required to attend an interview. 

Selection tasks 

If you have completed an equivalent Bachelor degree from another institution or are an RMIT graduate and do not meet the requirements for guaranteed entry you will be required to submit a full application and design Folio.

  • Folio: Your folio should include a package of images, drawings, sketches, paintings, models, photographs, computer work, etc. of personal creative/design projects as well as concepts/ideas that lead to the final design piece. Digital folios must be formatted as an A3 or A4 size PDF document with a maximum 30 pages and must not exceed a file size of 10MB.
  • Personal statement: You are required to submit a one page statement outlining your motivation for applying for the program (maximum one A4 sheet).
  • Curriculum vitae: You are required to submit a CV including your personal details, academic achievements and professional experience (any work experience you are currently undertaking).
  • Interview: Short-listed applicants may be required to attend an interview. 

English requirements

Successfully complete RMIT English Advanced or complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Successfully completed a bachelor degree at a university where English is the language of teaching and assessment within the past five years
  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5+ (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT 92+ (no band below 20)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58+ (no communication band below 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) 176+ (no band below 169) 

For other international English entry requirements, please view English equivalency requirements.

We also offer pathways to help you enhance your English skills while studying.  Please contact our program advisors to find out more about our tailored postgraduate pathways.

Note: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are recognised for two years from the test date. RMIT English results are recognised for one year from the test date.





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(*) Fixed Fees Program: for first semester students who would like to fix their course tuition fees for a specified period of a Higher Education degree program. The fixed fee program guards against potential fee increases and currency fluctuations.

  1. The duration of programs is flexible and can be adapted on an individual basis upon enrolment.
  2. Program fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND) by semester.
  3. Payment in other currencies will be converted to VND at the exchange rate on that day. Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.
  4. The USD fee noted above is to be used as a guide only. The USD fee is quoted to overseas students as per Circular No. 32/2013/TT_NHNN, article 4.16.b.
Teaching methods

The mode of learning in the Master of Architecture program is primarily through ‘practicing and doing’, the core of which is the Design Studio project. Design Studio-based learning and assessment relies on continuous cycles of reviewing, feedback and reflection between staff, your peers and you.


Assessment of core courses occurs through public presentation of your work. Panels of independent experts will critique your presentations and you will have the opportunity to respond to the feedback. Assessment may also include tests, essays and projects.


“The urban context of Vietnam is unique, fast-paced, and full of colours, sounds, smells, patterns and liveliness. This, together with the diversity in cultural background will give RMIT Vietnam students inspiration in design thinking, and a great source of materials and ideas to explore.

The most important thing I learned and practised through my five years of study at RMIT is to ‘learn global, act local’, and I was able to translate this to my new career when I returned from Melbourne to Vietnam. Absorbing knowledge and ideas from an international perspective, and successfully applying these skills to local conditions truly helps me advance my career. I also learned that hard work makes the difference, and that professionalism leads to success.

I would recommend RMIT 100%. The architecture program encourages and treasures diversity. This is strongly reflected by the design studios and courses, which are coordinated by tutors who pursue different fields of design theory and philosophy, and students who are encouraged to express creativity in all forms. I believe this approach develops a great resource-bank of ideas, which are always the core of creative thinking.

I’ve used my skills and knowledge to successfully establish a new service division in my company and build up the young, fun, energised and professional working culture for this team. I’m proud to have trained our local staff to have a global outlook, as this is very important for our future growth.”

Thong Huynh, Master of Architecture, with Distinction, Alumnus, RMIT Melbourne, Australia

Team manager, Platinum Global Ho Chi Minh City (June 2012 – present)

“RMIT Architecture has a strong focus on teaching students how to be good ‘designers’. It’s a hands-on program which allows you to express, explore and research in-depth fields of design.

A highlight for me was taking part in a variety of design studios. I was able to learn from and meet many talented mentors, who work and undertake research at the university, and work professionally in the industry.”

Vicki Karavasil

Master of Architecture Alumna, RMIT Melbourne 2014.