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Master of Architectural Science

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Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
1 year
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Start date: 28-February-2022
Te Aro Campus
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Extend your expertise with the Master of Architectural Science, focusing on managing the development and ongoing performance of the built environment.

Become an expert in the science of the built environment and increase your understanding of the connections between architecture, engineering, testing and building research.

You’ll explore building construction and performance, how building materials function, sustainability in the industry and the relationship between buildings and the environment. Learn to question, test and explain these elements and become confident in your knowledge as an architectural scientist.

Careers: A postgraduate qualification in Architectural Science can open doors to a career in the design and development of our built environment. You might start your own practice or work as an employee in a firm or government organisation. You could work as a construction project manager, a sustainable systems engineer or as a consultant. Other jobs might be a lighting adviser or designer, building consent adviser, fire design and regulations analyst, acoustic engineer and quantity surveyor.

You can also choose to focus on researching the history, theory and contemporary practice in architectural science and open up a career in academia or a research organisation.

The 180-point Master of Architectural Science takes three trimesters to complete when studied full time. Trimesters One and Two comprise 60 points of coursework each, followed by an industry practicum or project in Trimester Three.

Subjects: There are two subjects in the Master of Architectural Science: Project Management or Sustainable Engineering Systems.

Choose Project Management and gain the skills required to manage a construction project, including contract management, design integration and performance monitoring. You’ll graduate up-to-date with the most advanced techniques and tools used to manage projects and built facilities. Specialise in Sustainable Engineering Systems and you’ll focus on developing energy and resource efficient systems for the built environment. Learn how to evaluate the sustainability of existing buildings and facilities, with assessment systems used in New Zealand and worldwide.

Entry criteria

A Bachelor of Building Science or Bachelor of Architectural Studies, or equivalent, with at least a B average.

To be accepted by the head of school as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing; A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP) test; Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50).


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