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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Auckland


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

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), Te Kahui Whaihanga 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. Learn more about the Elective Seminar options.

Year Two:

Thesis: 120 points

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

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

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture or design, GPE - Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0

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.

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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