For individuals...

  • With a background in architecture who are inclined to build a critical lens to redefine and reimagine architecture as a synergy of history, theory and practice
  • With an aptitude for research, reading and writing

Looking for...

  • Developing a critical understanding of theories and their position in practice through research and design
  • Developing expertise in writing from an individual perspective
  • Making contributions to society through their practice

To become

  • Academics (part-time/ full-time)
  • Practising architects
  • Independent writers/researchers
  • Editors and writers for publishing houses, print and digital media, exhibition/museum (curatorial texts)

Programme Highlights

Theory | Critisism
Technology | Practice

Research-based practice

Build a theoretical
position in architecture

Curating one’s coursework

Collaboration with allied fields

About the Programme

  • Why M.Arch.?
  • First-year
  • Second-year
  • Credits required

The proposed masters in architecture programme allow students to consolidate their formative education and their experiences in practice through the development of a deeper, more critical understanding by reading histories, theories and futures of architecture and its application. The programme aims to produce cutting-edge scholarship in the field of architectural history, philosophy, theory and to redefine practice as a process of developing a collective responsibility towards society. It shall establish a foundation to create knowledge and construct theory embedded in the contemporary Indian context.

The first year is focused on providing exposure to the students about various theoretical positions that shaped architecture throughout history until the contemporary time. It shall also introduce the different components of research and writing. A thorough understanding shall help them build their perspective of addressing the nuances of the built space.

  • Architectural Design
  • History
  • Reading and Research
  • Writing Styles
  • Theoretical Positions
  • Seminars

The second-year is to explore and express the position that the students develop in architecture. They are introduced to advanced technology in architecture. They are encouraged to curate the content matter through research or design to voice their perspectives.

  • Architectural Design
  • Reading and Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Seminars
  • Capstone Project

Total Credit requirement for the completion of the M.Arch. degree: 80 Credits



  • Core Courses
  • 70 Credits
  • Elective Courses
  • 10 Credits

Graduates with bachelor degree in Architecture from COA recognised Institutions and Minimum of 55% marks and 50% in case of SC/ST candidates are eligible.

The students will be required to submit a Statement of Purpose (SOP) and a portfolio of academic and /or practice work. The final selection shall be based on a personal interview.

The students may be offered campus jobs as research assistants, teaching assistants or with the university newsletters/design cells.