The M. Arch. aims at providing practice-oriented education to enable students to pursue careers in architecture and related fields in the built environment and to strengthen the architectural industry in Namibia and beyond. The programme covers four major cognate areas of learning including architectural design, building technology, urbanism, and professional practice. Furthermore, the programme was designed to increase capacity for applied research in the area of architecture and the built environment. The M. Arch will be completed by thesis and coursework, and is structured to be largely studio-based with prospects for skills in design, theory and practice.
The Master of Architecture seeks to recruit suitably qualified candidates who are capable of benefitting from, contributing to, and successfully completing the programme. In order to be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must:
- Hold a Bachelor of Architecture Honours degree, obtained at NUST, or an equivalent 4-year qualification with a supervised research component at NQF level 8 from a recognised institution. Qualifications from other institutions will be evaluated by the Departmental Postgraduate Selection Committee to determine equivalence in terms of core competencies, acceptable to the Department.
- Demonstrate proficiency in English communication at postgraduate level, as demonstrated by the fact that the undergraduate degree was done in the medium of English. If the undergraduate degree was not obtained in the medium of English, then the applicant will be required to show proficiency in the medium of English through achieving at least band 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent.
The admission of students will be by means of an interview with the Departmental Postgraduate Selection Committee, during which candidates will be required to present a portfolio of work, which might include work from previous studies as well as practical work carried out. The results of the selection process are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
On completion of the programme, students will be eligible to register with the Namibia Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors (NCAQS), or equivalent professional bodies, as Architects, after satisfying the mandatory requirements for professional registration.