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Master of Architectural Science (Research)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Te Aro Campus


You will explore building construction and performance, project management, how building materials function, new project management tools available on the market, sustainability in the industry, facilities management, and the relationship between buildings and their environment.

Learn to question, test, and explain these elements and become confident in your understanding of architectural science. Consider architectural science in different cultural contexts, including the role of tikanga M?ori in the built environment.

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.

In the Master of Architectural Science (Research) you’ll research and write a thesis within the broad field of architectural science, under the expert supervision of academic staff in the School of Architecture.

The 120-point Master of Architectural Science (Research) takes one year (three trimesters) to complete when studied full time. You must complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Science before you can enrol in the MArchSc(Res).

Schedule: Self-directed research

Entry criteria

A Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Science, 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.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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