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Master of Architecture

Undertake your own architecture design project. Identify the unique qualities of your work and how to use these to forge new directions for your design practice.

240 (2.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two-and-a-half years

Programme overview

Are you currently practising in the field of architecture, landscape architecture or design, or do you have an architecture degree? The Master of Architecture is a qualification for people who have practised in one of these areas and want to advance their skills and explore their area of interest. In this master by project you’ll advance your knowledge of current design techniques, and learn to present your work effectively to interdisciplinary audiences. You will improve your understanding of how to look at architecture sites and briefs from different angles, and use techniques to construct interesting and unique responses.

The key outcome of this programme is a master level project that demonstrates your specialised skill and/or knowledge in your area of chosen expertise. This is not an accredited degree to become a registered architect – for this you’ll need to complete the Master of Architecture (Professional).


  • Enables practising architects to study part-time, learn new techniques, sharpen their design skills and keep abreast of current theory
  • Focus on practical projects: the degree is "by project", which means that you undertake a project based on an aspect of your architecture practice to date
  • No coursework
  • Collaborative approach: the Master of Architecture, together with the Master of Landscape Architecture, is part of a suite of design programmes at Unitec. Students in both programmes get together for seminars and workshops in order to foster collaboration, new ideas and new approaches to interdisciplinary practice.
  • Interaction with international academics and practitioners

Seminars and workshops

In Semester One you complete a seminar series that explores current design theory and practice, and helps you develop your research question and a draft research proposal. Then, present your draft project proposal at a workshop where you receive feedback from your colleagues, tutors and invited expert guests. If your proposal is confirmed, you embark on a series of workshops at which you present your work in progress for critique and evaluation by invited architects, landscape architects and designers. These regular workshops aim to stimulate you to move beyond current models, trends and preconceptions. There will also be sessions offered throughout the year to discuss your project.

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 design history, the ideas within your work, your interests and the area of research by design that you are considering. Follow our portfolio guidelines on what to include, what not to include and how to lay it all out.


Once you've successfully completed this programme you'll receive the qualification: Master of Architecture.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Completed one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in a discipline relevant to your proposed programme of study, with an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses
  • A postgraduate diploma in a discipline relevant to your proposed programme of study, with an average grade of B- or higher

2. A significant portfolio of professional work which enables us to critically reflect on your prior practice
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

Compulsory courses

Design Research Project - Architecture (ARCH9000)





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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 requirementsInfo Icon: A relevant degree or postgraduate diploma with grade average requirements, proof of work 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.


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National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $47,215Info Icon
Earnings range $38,792 - $56,842Info Icon
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In further study 4%Info Icon
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