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Master of Architecture (Professional) and Urban Planning (Professional)

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
University of Auckland
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Course details


Combine two professionally-accredited programmes and prepare for the multidisciplinary nature of the contemporary built environment industry.

Programme overview

The Master of Architecture (Professional) and Urban Planning (Professional) (MArch(Prof)UrbPlan(Prof)) will give you a sound platform for the realities of contemporary practice.

In less time than it takes to complete the two degrees separately, you will gain the qualification necessary to practice as a professional architect, and the skills to shape the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of our urban spaces.

This programme has received its professional accreditation and is recognised by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB), the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), as well as the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).

Programme structure

This programme combines courses from the two standalone masters programmes.

Through taught seminars and studios, you will further your design and theoretical skills and examine a range of local and international examples of best urban planning practice. You will be able to explore areas of interest and submit a design thesis of personal research.

Seminars and assessment critiques are often led by leading practitioners, giving you the chance to network and gain valuable insight into the profession.

Where could this programme take you?

Successful completion of a Master of Architecture (Professional) and Urban Planning (Professional) qualifies you to work as an architectural graduate, with the goal of gaining full professional registration, or as an urban planner with enhanced design skills. You can also contribute in a variety of roles in a private or public organisation, as well as parallel roles within the industry.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Architect (following successful completion of additional professional registration requirements)
  • Cultural adviser
  • Environmental planner
  • Policy analyst
  • Urban designer
  • Urban planner

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Creative practice

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture or design with a GPE of 4.0.

Other pathways to study: The University’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree programme is a suitable pathway into this combined masters programme.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.


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