Duration
Full-time: 30 months
Next start date
2023 Semester One – 27 February
2024 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City
Points
300
Programme type
Postgraduate
Research options available

Programme overview

The Master of Architecture (Professional) and Housing Studies will give you a sound platform for the realities of contemporary architectural practice.

In less time than it takes to complete both degrees separately, you will gain the qualification necessary to practice as a professional architect*, as well as develop the skills and knowledge to identify broader housing issues and formulate appropriate responses, processes and solutions.

All processes are in place to ensure that this programme will be professionally accredited by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).

*If you wish to become a practising architect, you must complete this programme (or any of our MArch(Prof) programmes) as well as additional requirements from the registration boards.

Programme structure

This combined masters programme gives you an exciting opportunity to deepen your knowledge with advanced specialist training and contribute to the knowledge in your field by completing a substantial research thesis project.

Programme structure:

  • 90 points: ARCHDES 701, 703, ARCHGEN 703, ARCHPRM 701
  • 60 points from ARCHHTC 702, 705, ARCHTECH 709, GEOG 719, LAWGENRL 728, PROPERTY 743, URBPLAN 713
  • 30 points comprising:

            – up to 15 points from ARCHDRC 700-703
            – up to 15 points from ARCHGEN 711-715, 733
            – a further 15 points from ARCHHTC 700-705
            – up to 15 points from ARCHPRM 700, 702-705
            – a further 15 points from ARCHTECH 706-710
            – up to 15 points from HERCONS 700–703
            – up to 15 points from URBDES 702
            – up to 15 points from another approved 700 level course offered at this University

  • 120 points: ARCHDES 796 Thesis

Learn about Housing Studies courses.

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You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Arch (Prof) and Housing Studies
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2023 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 300 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Further programme requirements

Taught 300 points

You must have completed a University of Auckland Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS):

  • with a GPA of 4.0 over 90 points at Stage III and 5.0 over 75 points at Stage III, and
  • have completed the BAS within three years of potentially starting this degree.

If your BAS was completed more than three years prior to starting this programme, you must submit a portfolio, written statement and CV via the portfolio system Slideroom.

Portfolio content:

Your portfolio should convey your design ability and sensibility, your creativity and your skill with a range of architectural media. It must consist of between 12 and 15 pages of your own drawings and / or other creative works.

  • You can choose any page size up to a maximum of A3 to present your work. You may display one or multiple images on each page.
  • Each PDF file submitted must not exceed one page in length.
  • Each digital experiment counts as one page.

Written statement:

This one page document should outline your reasons for wanting to participate in the MArch(Prof) programme.

CV content:

This brief CV should include descriptions and examples of relevant work experience or any other activities considered relevant to the application. Details of any academic and/or professional design awards/prizes should also be included.

Other pathways to study

You might meet the entry requirements for the Master of Architectural (Professional), or another combined degree, if you do not currently meet the requirements for this programme.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 300 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree in architecture or equivalent 

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Taught 300 points

You must submit a portfolio, written statement and CV via the portfolio system Slideroom.

Portfolio content:

Your portfolio should convey your design ability and sensibility, your creativity and your skill with a range of architectural media. It must consist of between 12 and 15 pages of your own drawings and / or other creative works.

  • You can choose any page size up to a maximum of A3 to present your work. You may display one or multiple images on each page.
  • Each PDF file submitted must not exceed one page in length.
  • Each digital experiment counts as one page.

Written statement:

This one page document should outline your reasons for wanting to participate in the MArch(Prof) programme.

CV content:

This brief CV should include descriptions and examples of relevant work experience or any other activities considered relevant to the application. Details of any academic and/or professional design awards/prizes should also be included.

Other pathways to study

You might meet the entry requirements for the Master of Architectural (Professional), or another combined degree, if you do not currently meet the requirements for this programme.

Alternatively the University’s Graduate Diploma in Architectural Studies and the Bachelor of Architectural Studies are both suitable pathways into this combined Masters.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Architecture (Professional) and Housing Studies cost per year?

2022 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,925.60 – $10,598.40*
International students
NZ$46,752*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.16 per point, estimated at $979.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Start dates

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Other important dates

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

This programme is designed for people wanting to become a practising architect, with a specialisation in housing, from affordable and community housing through to medium- and high-density housing, including high quality apartments.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Architect
  • Architect specialising in housing

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