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Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Te Aro Campus


Extend your expertise in building science and focus on managing the development and ongoing performance of the built environment. Increase your understanding of the connections between architecture, engineering, testing, and building research.

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.

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.

The 60-point Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Science takes one trimester to complete when studied full time. You can complete it on its own as an introduction to postgraduate architectural science, or continue your study with the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Science.

Subjects: There are two subjects in the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Science: Project Management or Sustainable Engineering Systems.

Choose Project Management and gain the skills required to manage a construction project, including contract management, design integration and performance monitoring. You’ll graduate up-to-date with the most advanced techniques and tools used to manage projects and built facilities.

Specialise in Sustainable Engineering Systems and you’ll focus on developing energy and resource efficient systems for the built environment. Learn how to evaluate the sustainability of existing buildings and facilities, with assessment systems used in New Zealand and worldwide.

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

A Bachelor of Building Science or Bachelor of Architectural Studies, 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: 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)
  • EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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