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Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Explore advanced concepts of the history, theory and practice of architecture and examine design trends in the industry.

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture is an introduction into postgraduate study for Bachelor of Architectural Studies graduates who do not wish to become practising architects.

The PGDipArch is a taught programme, where you will extend your knowledge in the particular aspects of architecture that interest you.

The PGDipArch is a suitable bridge into further postgraduate study in architecture for those who have a deep research interest.

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

Programme structure

The PGDipArch programme consists of four taught courses and a 20,000-word research report. Core courses introduce you to research processes and methodologies. You have the choice of three elective courses in topics that appeal to you, from architectural history and theory, heritage conservation, materials and fabrication, sustainable design and urban design.

Core courses: 75 points

Elective courses: 45 points

Where could this programme take you?

While PGDipArch 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 also utilise their creative thinking in other fields, such as film or web design.

Jobs related to this programme

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

Further study options

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Urban Planning (Professional)
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed a three year bachelors degree in the field of architecture or a closely related discipline with a GPE of 4.0. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution).

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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