Bachelor of Architectural Design (Honours) (BArchDes(Hons))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Architectural Design (Honours) allows students to develop knowledge and skills in research methods and apply them to a topic of interest. Students will deepen their understanding of architecture and research practices necessary for advanced qualifications such as the Master of Architecture or a PhD in Architecture. 

The Honours degree of Bachelor of Architectural Design is an AQF level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Independently locate sources of information that will assist with the understanding of a real-world problem in architecture, design, landscape or construction.
  2. Critically evaluate the validity, coverage and gaps in such sources of information.
  3. Develop a statement of a research question or hypothesis, identifying an issue of which there is incomplete understanding.
  4. Design and execute an investigation, experiment or theoretical study to answer the research question.
  5. Present the background and findings of the research investigation in a thesis, in a seminar and at poster exhibitions.
  6. Apply an advanced level of theoretical and technical understanding to devise solutions to complex identified problems.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and flexibly as a member of a team, contributing to team leadership as the situation requires.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, in writing and verbally, advanced technical concepts to both technically informed and technically uninformed audiences.
  9. Apply project management techniques to devise and synthesise engineering solutions to complex, open ended problems.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Faculty before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Architectural Design (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Architectural Design (Honours).

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Architectural Design (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 24 units

Core Courses

  • Core Courses

    To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

    All of the following courses must be completed:

    Students are required to complete both Part 1 and Part 2.

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    DESST 4001A Honours Design Studies Part 1 0
    DESST 4001B Honours Design Studies Part 2 24