Duration
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Research options available

Programme overview

If you wish to become a practising architect, you must complete the MArch(Prof) programme or one of our associated combined masters programmes (followed by additional requirements from the registration boards).

The MArch(Prof) is professionally accredited, recognised by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB), the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA).

Following a year of advanced study, you will have the chance to explore an individual architectural design proposition, supported by a strong theoretical component, in a design thesis.

Programme structure

The first year of the MArch(Prof) includes advanced studio courses and two taught seminars where you can choose between sustainable design, urban design, material and digital fabrication, and history and theory of architecture.
 
In your second year, you will complete a design-led thesis in a specific aspect of the built environment which interests you.
 
Seminars and assessment critiques are often led by leading practitioners, giving you the chance to network and gain valuable insight into the profession.  
 
Year One:
  • Core courses: 90 points
  • Elective courses: 30 points
Year Two:
  • Thesis: 120 points

Sample programme structure

Year 1 120 points
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 700
    Name:
    Advanced Design 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHPRM 701
    Name:
    Professional Studies 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective Seminar
    Type:
    Elective Seminar
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 701
    Name:
    Advanced Design 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHGEN 703
    Name:
    Design as Research
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective Seminar
    Type:
    Elective Seminar
    Points:
    15 pts
Year 2 120 points
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 796A
    Name:
    Thesis
    Type:
    Thesis
    Points:
    60 pts
  • Code:
    ARCHDES 796B
    Name:
    Thesis
    Type:
    Thesis
    Points:
    60 pts

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

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
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Further programme requirements

Research 240 points

You must have completed your Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) with a GPA of 4.0 or higher over 90 points at Stage III. You must have completed your degree within two years of commencing the MArch(Prof). 

If your BAS was completed more than two years prior to starting your MArch(Prof), you must submit a portfolio, written statement and CV via the portfolio system Slideroom

Portfolio content

Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and up to 15 pages of your own drawings and creative works. 

  • You can choose any page size up to a maximum of A2 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. 

Your portfolio could:

  • Display evidence of a variety of techniques and media (i.e. different ways of drawing and making, both by hand and digitally).
  • Display evidence of your interest and understanding of buildings, spaces, interiors, groups of buildings, landscapes, people and designed objects such as pieces of furniture. 
  • Convey your understanding of spatial qualities, materials and textures, construction, light and colour. 

View sample MArch(Prof) portfolio

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

If you have no more than 20 points remaining to complete your BAS, and have an average grade of B (or higher) in your final year of study, you may still apply for entry into the MArch(Prof).

You will need to complete your remaining BAS points within 12 months of enrolling in the MArch(Prof).

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
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    An undergraduate degree in architecture or design

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

Further programme requirements

Research 240 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture or design at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in your final year of study.

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

Portfolio content

Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and up to 15 pages of your own drawings and creative works. 

  • You can choose any page size up to a maximum of A2 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.

Your portfolio could:

  • Display evidence of a variety of techniques and media (i.e. different ways of drawing and making, both by hand and digitally).
  • Display evidence of your interest and understanding of buildings, spaces, interiors, groups of buildings, landscapes, people and designed objects such as pieces of furniture.
  • Convey your understanding of spatial qualities, materials and textures, construction, light and colour.

View sample MArch(Prof) portfolio

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

The University’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree programme is a suitable pathway into the MArch(Prof).

You may also be eligible to transfer credit towards your BAS if you hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, such as spatial design or architectural technology.

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

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,527.60 – $8,343.60*
International students
NZ$39,584*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 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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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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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.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

We welcome any questions you may have about postgraduate study in architecture. Contact our postgraduate adviser by phone or email.

Postgraduate Adviser
Senior Lecturer Jeremy Treadwell
Phone: +64 9 923 8213

Where could this programme take you?

Successful completion of an MArch(Prof) qualifies you to work as an architectural graduate, with the goal of gaining full professional registration. You can also contribute to the industry as a designer, project manager, consultant or client liaison. Graduates also utilise their creative thinking in other fields, such as film or web design.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Architect (following successful completion of additional professional registration requirements)
  • Building industry consultant
  • Digital design professional
  • Heritage or cultural consultant
  • Project manager
  • Urban designer

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