Nelson Mandela University Department of Architecture

Nelson Mandela University Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture has been successfully producing professional architects since the 1970’s. The Departmnet remained committed to architectural education throughout its existence under the leadership of eminent architects.

Architecture Courses Offered

Undergraduate Course

Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Postgraduate Course

Master of Architecture Professional

Master of Architecture Research

Doctor of Philosphy in Architecture

Requirements for admission

(Please note that these are the specific programme admission requirements the university has its own minimum admission requirements.)

BAS Requirement


  • Minimum NSC statutory requirements for degree entry must be met.
  • An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematics requires a minimum Applicant Score of 370.
  • NSC achievement rating of at least 55% for Mathematics.
  • Admission is subject to Departmental selection.

Requirements for entrance to the M.Arch. (Prof) programme

These applicants must apply with a portfolio of works. The details are as follows:

  1. A portfolio of works representative of all three years of the BAS degree, with emphasis on the third year of design along with works if any, done in professional architectural offices.
  2. Certified copies of academic record.
  3. A resume/CV.
  4. Letters of recommendation.
  5. A letter clearly stating the intent in studying MArch (Prof) programme.
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A digital copy of the portfolio should be uploaded online (eg. on dropbox or google drive), with a link to the file sent to the HOD: Department of Architecture, and to be kept online until the selection process is complete. Along with this, applicants can deliver a hard copy of the full portfolio to the Secretary, Department of Architecture.

How to Apply

Admission Application Procedure

Step One

Complete the online Nelson Mandela University Admission Application


Step Two

After admission outcome is received, contact the Departmental for Deparmental Selection (See below BAS and M.Arch requirements) 

Nelson Mandela University Online Application

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Contact Us

Ms Lourine Smith
School Secretary
Tel: +27 41 5042719

Mr Andrew Palframan
HOD ; Senior Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 5042719

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