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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Master of Architectural Science (Sustainable Design) enables you to develop efficient and environmentally responsive buildings and to retrofit existing buildings to meet today’s environmental demands. With this knowledge, you graduate as a sustainability expert and can choose from a range of career pathways include architecture, property development, construction or urban planning.

Sustainable designers are critical to ensuring that the plans on paper become a reality during and after construction. Your skills in sustainable design are enhanced through the school’s expertise in the built environment. Our ‘first principles’ approach enables you not just to perform energy analyses and building assessments, but also to critique and develop further the tools and approaches required for sustainable building.

Your research-leading lecturers take you on site visits and expose you to a range of international collaborators. We leverage our extensive links with industry to bring you internship opportunities with leading businesses and consultancies. You can use a wide range of electives to pursue your interests in the application of sustainable design theories and methods in architecture, planning, urban design, building services and facilities management.

The field of Architectural Science is enjoying rapid and exciting technological innovations. With extensive experience analysing and controlling the physical phenomena affecting buildings, practitioners of Architectural Science have a profound impact on the function, aesthetics and efficiency of architectural spaces. 

Through interdisciplinary access to our leading academic researchers and laboratories, our program emphasises the knowledge and critical thinking skills that will enable students to adapt to—and lead—future changes in our built environment.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)* are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

*Some available streams, subject to availability.


Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Most Sustainable Design core units are taught in block mode intensives over several full days rather than weekly lectures. 

Indicative course progression

Year 1
Unit code     Unit of study Sem    CP  
DESC9200 Introduction to Architectural Science 1 6
DESC9014 Building Construction Technology 1 6
DESC9147 Sustainable Building Design Principles    1 6
  Elective 1 6
DESC9169 Daylight in Buildings 2 6
DESC9201 Indoor Environmental Quality 2 6
ARCH9080 Urban Ecology, Design and Planning 2 6
  Elective 2 6
Year 2
Unit code     Unit of study Sem    CP  
DESC9148 Sustainable Building Design Practice       1 6
DESC9015 Building Energy Analysis 1 6
  Elective 1 6
  Elective 1 6

Credit points required per semester: 24
Indicative progression based on a 72 credit point master’s degree with a Semester 1 enrolment. 


Units of Study

Admission requirement

A successful applicant for admission to the Master in Architectural Science will have a bachelor's degree or possess experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate with a WAM of 70 or higher are able to apply to to continue into the Master in Architectural Science in the same course stream.

This program can be taken with a secondary stream in combination with another Architectural Science Program. To undertake a double degree, the core units from the secondary degree are generally taken as the electives in the primary degree.

Please see the Handbook for enrolment advice for secondary stream structure, and apply through the specific double specialisation course page.

Masters students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete.

Please note that students may commence studies in Semester 2, however some courses are only available in part-time capacity due to the units on offer.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Future study options

Embarking on a research degree at the University of Sydney is an opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s brightest and most accomplished academics.

Career Pathways

Our program produces graduates who are leaders in sustainable design in many of the best-known professional firms and consultancies across Australia and Internationally. 

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.