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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 2023


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.

How do I plan my degree?

The certificate is comprised of 60 points including two compulsory courses and two optional courses.

There are flexible study options available, including part-time study and online learning to minimise on-campus time requirements.

Further study

Students 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 in Management.

Career Opportunities

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): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application Deadline: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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