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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. July intake available for domestic students only.
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.

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, New Zealand Registered Architects Board and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.
  • 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.

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 not your first 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, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

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.
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.
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.
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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The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

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 requirementsInfo Icon: 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 YearsInfo Icon

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $3,694Info Icon $7,389Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $13,905Info Icon $27,811Info Icon
Total: $17,600Info Icon $35,200Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $47,215Info Icon
Earnings range $38,792 - $56,842Info Icon
In employment 88%Info Icon
In further study 4%Info Icon
On a benefit 1%Info Icon

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.