Entry requirements

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 (A3-size, typically 10 to 30 pages, in PDF format), as well as references to support their application. Candidates should also bring a printed and bound version of their portfolio along for the interview in the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

China is a place of contrast and contradictions—and unrivaled opportunity for architects. A place of deeply-rooted tradition and fast-paced modernization; a place of rapid urbanisation but undeveloped urban design; a place of improbable architecture and incredible architectural possibilities.

Rethinking Architecture

With all China’s complexity, “critical thinking” and “creative engagement” aren’t just buzzwords at XJTLU; they have real meaning. In XJTLU Architecture we foster debate, challenge perceptions and ask provocative questions in order to develop architectural solutions for contemporary problems.

With China as our architecture workshop we investigate new architectural styles, study unexplored urban dynamics and examine city formation. We use the local context as a driver that makes the theoretical real—pushing us well beyond the limits of the studio.

Educational cornerstones of XJTLU Architecture include:

· Human-centred development of the built environment

· A culture of intellectual exploration and innovative speculation

· Cross-cultural education that fosters creative, critical, sophisticated and responsible thought, and

· Creating desirable places to live, work and enjoy


RIBA Accreditation

XJTLU's Department of Architecture has attained candidate course status from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for its Part I undergraduate programme and is seeking international validation at RIBA Part II level as well as professional accreditation from the Ministry of Construction in China.

Masters students will receive 'Graduate member of the RIBA' status upon graduation,

Masterplanning the Future

Visit the Department of Architecture’s independent online architectural magazine, www.masterplanningthefuture.org, the first of its kind in China.

"China is one of the most exciting places to study architecture. Here the future of urbanism is being created before our very eyes. We want pioneering students to join us to experience, research, understand and influence one of the biggest social transformations in human history."

Austin Williams, Associate Professor and China correspondent, The Architectural Review

“XJTLU’s Master of Architectural Design adds rigor and depth of experience to an undergraduate education and enhances your preparation for a successful professional career. XJTLU’s multi-national faculty ensures high quality and international standards. They will challenge you to consider many ways of thinking about our influence on the built environment.”

Theodoros Dounas, Head of Department

XJTLU's two-year Master of Architectural Design degree programme engages a risk-taking, forward-looking and challenging agenda.

The MArchDES gives you new opportunities to reinvent your approach to design, self-reflection and adaptation to new circumstances. You’ll learn how to critically incorporate new ideas in a way that will keep you out in front of the crowd throughout your career.

MArchDES focuses on architectural studio design as well as on humanistic and technical modules in preparation for either professional practice or PhD-level studies. Taught in English, in China, upon successful completion you will receive a Masters degree from the University of Liverpool.

Units are formed around the research of the department and to meet specific needs of the profession within China and across the world. Studio units are formed around the following (indicative) themes:

· Urban development and regeneration

· Innovation in fabrication and construction

· Computer-aided architectural design

· Architectural theory and criticism

· Social and cultural studies

Core Modules

Year 1

· Design Studio 1

· Applied Technology in Architecture

· Architectural Theory and Criticism

· Advanced Professional Practice

· Design Studio 2

· Topics in Architectural History

Summer Practice Placement (3 months)

Year 2

· Design Studio 3

· Architectural Design and Research Methods

· Practice Based Enquiry and Architectural Representation

· Thesis

· Design Studio 4

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 160,000
International students
RMB 160,000


XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants for September 2015 will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit, and no separate application is required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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