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Master of Architecture (Professional)

Want to become a registered architect? If you've already completed an undergraduate degree in architecture, this master's degree provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills to become a registered architect.

Level
9
Credits
240 (2.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July.
Duration
Full-time for 2 years or part-time options available

Programme overview

This programme is the final step in becoming a fully registered architect. In this programme 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.

Get Industry Recognised 

This programme is recognised by the New Zealand Registered Architects BoardNew Zealand Institute of Architects, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Which means this leads to initial industry registration as an architect in New Zealand. 

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.
  • Experienced lecturers, currently practicing 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.
  • Choose to take up the new elective course "Designing with Low Carbon Materials Elective (ARCH8624)". This course explores the environmental credentials, material properties and design implications of low carbon building materials.

Preparing for your application

Your 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. See our portfolio guidelines to help you prepare.

Scholarships and Awards

We want to manaaki student success wherever we can – and scholarships are one of the ways we can do that. We have scholarships that recognise the achievements and challenges of dedicating yourself to learning.
Check out the Master of Architecture Scholarship we have on offer or have a chat with our Scholarship Advisor- Postgraduate Scholarships

Admission requirements

What you will need to study this programme. 


Domestic students

Academic requirements

You must have completed at least one of the following:

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree in the discipline of architecture, with a grade point average of 4.0 (grade of B-) or higher in all Level 7 courses. Or
  • A recognised postgraduate diploma in a discipline appropriate to the proposed project, with a B- average. Or
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline recognised as being equivalent to the above
And meet one of the English entry requirements;

Non-Academic requirements

  • A significant portfolio of professional work sufficient to enable critical reflection on your prior practice

Don’t meet these Academic requirements?

For more information, download the programme regulations (PDF 475 KB)


International students

Academic requirements 

You must have completed at least one of the following:

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree in the discipline of architecture, with a grade point average of 4.0 (grade of B-) or higher in all Level 7 courses. Or
  • A recognised postgraduate diploma in a discipline appropriate to the proposed project, with a B- average. Or
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline recognised as being equivalent to the above

And English entry requirements;

​If English is not your first language, you will also need at least one of the following qualifications:

Non-Academic requirements

  • A significant portfolio of professional work sufficient to enable critical reflection on your prior practice

Don’t meet these Academic requirements?

For more information, download the programme regulations (PDF 475 KB)

Courses and timetables

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

Courses Credits Aim
Research Methods (ARCH8011) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop the capability for devising and conducting an independent architectural research project.
Studio (ARCH8121) 15.0 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 highrise, long- span and large-volume typologies.
Studio (ARCH8122) 30.0 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 highrise, 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.
Year 2A Work Experience 120 Hours (ARCHWE803) 0.0 credits (0 EFTS) To record the work experience hours required for completing the Master of Architectiure (Professional) programme.
Year 2B Work Experience 120 Hours (ARCHWE804) 0.0 credits (0 EFTS) To record the work experience hours required for completing the Master of Architectiure (Professional) programme.
Courses Credits Aim
Research Project (ARCH9111) 120.0 credits (1 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.
Year 1A Work Experience 120 Hours (ARCHWE801) 0.0 credits (0 EFTS) To record the work experience hours required for completing the Master of Architectiure (Professional) programme.
Year 1B Work Experience 120 Hours (ARCHWE802) 0.0 credits (0 EFTS) To record the work experience hours required for completing the Master of Architectiure (Professional) programme.
Courses Credits Aim
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.
Digital Fabrication (ARCH8618) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To explore, in depth, theoretical directions and formal vocabularies of design generated by digital processes, and the practical feasibility of a seamless pathway from digital design to digital fabrication.
Special Topic 2 (ARCH8624) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To explore a special topic in the discipline or practice of architecture.
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.
Special Topic 3 (ARCH8631) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To explore a special topic in the discipline or practice of architecture.