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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected February 2022


University of Auckland


Advance your design skills, conceptual thinking and explore personal interest areas in our professionally-accredited architecture masters programme.

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

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

Further study options

  • Master of Heritage Conservation
  • Master of Urban Design
  • Doctor of Philosophy

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