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Master of Architectural Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: Expected February-2022
University of Canterbury
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The building industry has a growing need for design professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in their discipline and the ability to collaborate effectively with other designers, investors, contractors and project managers, through knowledge of whole-building design and performance, integrated design of sustainable buildings, and digital methods for planning, designing, constructing and operating buildings.

This master’s is a practice-focused degree for students with engineering or architecture backgrounds to gain professional, work-ready building design skills. There is also a part-time option available for those working in the industry and wanting to upskill.

Students can receive their master’s in the following endorsements:

  • Integrated Building Design
  • Structural Engineering

How do I plan my degree?

The MArchEng contains two parts:

  • Part I of the Master of Architectural Engineering is made up of two compulsory courses on collaborative building design and two practice-focused courses towards an endorsement.
  • Part II of the Master of Architectural Engineering is made up of advanced technical courses towards an endorsement and an integrated building design project.

Note: Some course options in Part II are offered by the University of Auckland.

Students who complete Part I of the Structural Engineering endorsement have the flexibility to progress to Part II of these endorsements or to Part II of the Integrated Building Design endorsement.

Both Parts must be completed within 4 years. Courses are delivered as a blend of online and face-to-face block learning to assist participation for at-work students.

Students in the Integrated Building Design endorsement can start their studies in February or July; students in the Structural Engineering endorsement can start in August only.

Further study

Students may go onto Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in Civil Engineering and many other engineering subject options, depending on their endorsement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this master’s will be filling a growing and competitive market need for engineers and architects with the unique combination of technical and collaborative design skills. Building design professionals with modern design knowledge of sustainable, high-performance buildings and digital design and construction are especially sought by employers internationally.

The knowledge from this degree will make graduates well-suited for careers as contractors, project managers, building design professionals, and in positions of technical leadership and multi-disciplinary team leadership.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

Students should have achieved a bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours in a subject related to building design, or equivalent, or a postgraduate diploma in an equivalent subject.

Students with a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering with a B Grade Point Average or better can also apply to the College of Engineering Dean (Academic) for admission to the Master of Architectural Engineering. For more details, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering.

It is strongly advised to have at least one year of professional practice experience before applying. Students will be approved entry by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic), based on the standard of their previous studies and work experience.

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering.

For the Structural Engineering endorsement, students should have completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (1st or 2nd class) in Civil Engineering, or equivalent.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.


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