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Programme overview

Would you like to become a registered architect? Have you already completed an undergraduate degree in architecture? In the Master of Architecture (Professional) you explore at a postgraduate level what it takes to create architectural works of merit and value, and learn to incorporate innovative design research into your architecture practice. Develop the ability to promote sustainable and ethical approaches, and collaborate effectively with different disciplines on architectural design projects. You'll also further your ability to critically reflect on your own work, and that of others.

Highlights

  • Leads to industry registration: together with the Bachelor of Architectural Studies it forms a five-year package that prepares you to become a registered architect.
  • A lively, engaging and challenging architecture programme.
  • Focus on advanced knowledge of architectural and urban design issues in New Zealand.
  • Compulsory work experience of 480 hours over two years, giving you an essential insight into contemporary architectural practices.
  • Includes a major research project on an area of your interest.
  • Accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the New Zealand Registered Architects Board and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.
  • Experienced lecturers, currently practising part-time staff and visiting experts from New Zealand and overseas.
  • A wide range of elective courses that cover topics like architecture in the Pacific, urban housing design, climate-responsive architecture, high-performance cladding, digital fabrication and design economics.

Programme structure

View the 2017 programme structure for Master of Architecture (Professional).

GPA

Applicants must have a recognised undergraduate degree in the discipline of architecture with a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher for all level 7 courses. Open our GPA Calculator to determine your GPA.

Portfolio requirements

If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to present a portfolio of your design work. You should be ready to discuss your professional history, the ideas within your work, your interests and the area of research by design that you are considering.

You should have a significant portfolio of professional work that will enable you to reflect critically on your practice. Follow our portfolio hints and tips on what to include, what not to include and how to lay it all out.


Designing with Low Carbon Materials Elective (ARCH8624)

The course explores the environmental credentials, material properties and design implications of low carbon building materials.

Qualifications

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme you’ll receive the qualification Master of Architecture (Professional).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised Bachelor’s degree in the discipline of architecture, with a grade point average of 4.0 or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to the above.
3. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Research Methods (Sem A) (ARCH8011-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To develop the capability for devising and conducting an independent architectural research project.
Research Methods (Sem B) (ARCH8011-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To develop the capability for devising and conducting an independent architectural research project.
Studio (Sem A) (ARCH8111-SA) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS)To develop capability in the design of complex architectural projects included in the generality of urban, industrial, and city fringe architectures, with particular reference to high-rise, long-span and large-volume typologies.
Studio (Sem B) (ARCH8111-SB) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS)To develop capability in the design of complex architectural projects included in the generality of urban, industrial, and city fringe architectures, with particular reference to high-rise, long-span and large-volume typologies.
Architectural Theory (ARCH8311) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop capability in the analysis and critical evaluation of the ideas of architecture and urban design as represented in texts, drawings and buildings.
Architectural Technology (ARCH8411) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore, in depth, the construction, structure and associated services requirements of unconventional, extreme, or innovative architectural projects.
Professional Business Management (ARCH8511) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically examine the strategic management of architectural businesses, and their business management models.
CoursesCreditsAim
Research Project (ARCH9111) 0.0 credits (0 EFTS)To develop mastery in architectural design, through the critical application of design and academic research methods to the supervised investigation of a research question formulated by the student.
CoursesCreditsAim
Negotiated Study (ARCH8611) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore the student?s chosen topic in the discipline or practice of architecture, in a supervised 15-credit study at Level 8.
Housing in Cities_H2 (ARCH8614) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore, in depth, principles of design for higher-density urban housing.
Design Economics (ARCH8619) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore, in depth, the ways in which architects design within given economic environments to optimise value.
Negotiated Studio (ARCH8621) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop capability in the design of complex architectural projects included in the generality of urban, industrial, and city fringe architectures, with particular reference to high-rise, long-span and large-volume typologies.
Negotiated Studio (ARCH8622) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop capability in the design of complex architectural projects included in the generality of urban, industrial, and city fringe architectures, with particular reference to high-rise, long-span and large-volume typologies.
Special Topic 1 (ARCH8623) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore a special topic in the discipline or practice of architecture.
Special Topic 2 (ARCH8624) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore a special topic in the discipline or practice of architecture.
Special Topic 3 (ARCH8625) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To explore a special topic in the discipline or practice of architecture.
Re-Designing Earthquake Prone Buildings (ARCH8628) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore, in depth, the present day issues confronting earthquake prone buildings within New Zealand.
Building Conservation (ARCH8629) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop a critical understanding of the history, theory and practice of building conservation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.



Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A relevant degree with grade average requirements or a relevant professional qualification plus English language requirements. Special admission is also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

2 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,259$10,518
Government tuition subsidy: $18,009$36,018
Total:$23,268$46,536

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$47,215
Earnings range$38,792 - $56,842
In employment88%
In further study4%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.