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Master of Architecture

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Advance your research into architecture and related fields through in-depth investigation at masters level.

Programme overview

The Master of Architecture is a research-based programme that allows you to further develop your personal interests, choosing to specialise in either architecture or sustainable design. Your study will be self-directed, with support from an academic supervisor from our nationally and internationally recognised staff, featuring leading practitioners, designers and scholars.

Late Year Semester will start in December.

Important: The MArch is not a professionally accredited qualification and will not prepare you for professional registration.


  1. Architecture
  2. Sustainable Design

Programme structure

You can choose to complete your MArch entirely as research, or combine your research with coursework.

Both options allow you to build an academic context around your architectural investigations, concluding in the submission of a 35,000–40,000 word thesis.

Research masters

Thesis: 120 points or

Research portfolio: 90 points

Elective courses: 30 points

Where could this programme take you?

While MArch graduates often look to build a career in research and academia, you can also contribute to the industry as a designer, project manager, consultant or client liaison. Graduates have been known to utilise their creative thinking in other fields, such as film or web design.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Academic
  • Architectural historian
  • Architectural researcher/writer
  • Building industry consultant
  • Building technologist
  • Cultural adviser
  • Design-based librarian or archivist
  • Digital design professional

Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

(1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.)

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture or design, GPE of 5.0.

Further programme requirements - Research 120 points: You must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree, or at least a one-year postgraduate degree following a three-year undergraduate degree. This study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and in the field of architecture or design. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

You must also submit a research proposal.

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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