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Master of Architecture (Professional) and Heritage Conservation

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


30 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Prepare for the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary practice. Gain skills in heritage conservation while completing our professionally-recognised architecture programme.

Programme overview

The Master of Architecture (Professional) and Heritage Conservation (MArch(Prof)HerCons) will give you a sound platform for the realities of contemporary 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 assess, value and work with heritage buildings.

This programme 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).

Programme structure

This programme combines courses from both standalone masters programmes.

Through taught seminars and studios, you will further your design and theoretical skills, as well as learning how to accurately assess the condition of buildings and how they can be preserved or adapted. You will be able to explore areas of interest and submit a design thesis of personal research.

Seminars and assessment critiques are often led by leading practitioners, giving you the chance to network and gain valuable insight into the profession.

Core courses: 150 points

Elective courses: 30 points

Thesis: 120 points

Where could this programme take you?

Successful completion of an MArch(Prof)HerCons 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 heritage conservationist, historian or consultant.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Architect (following successful completion of additional professional registration requirements)
  • Architectural historian
  • Building technologist
  • Conservation architect
  • Cultural adviser
  • Heritage consultant

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture and GPE of 4.0.

Other pathways to study: The University’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree is a suitable pathway into this combined masters programme.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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