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Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The building industry needs more design professionals with technical mastery in their discipline and advanced knowledge and skills in whole-building performance, collaboration, integrated design and digital methods.

This programme will provide at-work building design professionals with 'practice-focused' education and is driven by the need to improve the sustainability and affordability of buildings, which is best achieved by taking a holistic approach to integrated building design.

Compulsory courses:

ENAE601 Whole Building Behaviour and Performance
ENAE602 Collaborative Building Design Studio

Plus two courses chosen from:

ENAE603 Structural Design Practice
ENAE604 Structural Assessment and Retrofit
ENAE605 Sustainable Building Design Practice
ENAE606 Building Modelling and Integrated Design
ENAE607 Building Energy Systems Design Practice
ENAE608 HVAC Design Practice

Further study

Those who complete the Certificate with a B Grade Point Average or better may go onto the Master of Architectural Engineering, the Master of Engineering Studies, or the Master of Engineering Management.

UC also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a variety of engineering subjects.


Knowledge gained from this Certificate will provide graduates with the skills to communicate complex design issues, options, and solutions with clients, team members, and other stake holders, including risks and their mitigation.

Graduates will be able to understand key concepts related to planning, building costs, value, quality, aesthetics, resilience, roles and responsibilities, regulatory environment, built environment systems, and sustainability.

Entry criteria

To enrol for the Postgraduate Certificate of Architectural Engineering (PGCertArchEng) you must have completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, or equivalent.

It is strongly advised to have at least one year of professional practical experience before applying. Your application will be approved based on the standard of your previous studies and work experience. Students will normally be expected to have at least a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level courses.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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