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Master of Architecture (Professional)

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: Expected July-2022
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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.

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 Board, New 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.


  • 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.

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.


  • Architect working in a range of settings

Entry criteria

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

Portfolio: You should have a significant portfolio of professional work that will enable you to reflect critically on your practice.

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (no band <6.0) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.


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