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Master of Architecture (Professional) - MArch(Prof)

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Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

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Become an architect through advanced study at postgraduate level and be part of shaping our built environment.

Take a step towards registration as an architect in New Zealand with the Master of Architecture (Professional). Increase your knowledge, hone your design skills, develop your ability to think both critically and creatively, and learn more about the role of a professional architect. Learn through a combination of taught courses and a written thesis or research portfolio that involves self-directed, design-led research. You'll graduate with a range of design projects that demonstrate mastery in your area of interest.

Professional accreditation

Your MArch(Prof) from Victoria will be recognised by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) as fulfilling the academic requirements for registration to practise as an architect. You'll need to spend two to three years gaining practical experience before you can apply to register. The Board will then assess your professional competence.

You'll also meet the academic requirements for professional registration as a practising architect with the industry organisation, the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Our MArch(Prof) not only leads to registration as an architect in New Zealand—as a Registered Architect you are entitled to be registered or licensed in Australia and some jurisdictions of the United States of America. You will also be able to become a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the professional organisation for architects.


You'll graduate ready for a career in mainstream architecture in a private practice or a government organisation.

However, your broad range of skills will be adaptable to many related careers so you will also find opportunities outside the mainstream profession. These might include urban planner or urban designer, interior designer, stage or movie set designer, property developer, project manager, teacher or researcher or work in construction law.

What you'll study

In your first year, or Part 1, you'll do seven taught courses. Study advanced architectural design and advanced construction theory and practice including the integration of technology. You'll explore contemporary architectural theories and learn about professional practice. You'll also study advanced research techniques, including historical and theoretical approaches.


During the second year, or Part 2, you'll complete a research portfolio or thesis under supervision from academic staff in the School.

The School of Architecture has three main research areas:

creative and critical, which focuses on design research, representation, and history and theory

sustainability and wellbeing, which includes research about resilient and sustainable cities, designing for wellbeing and positive social impact, and design for indigenous people and minorities

performance and technology, which includes building performance, construction technologies and materials, and simulation methods and virtual spaces.

You'll be part of a strong culture of research and work with experienced staff who have published a variety of scholarly articles, books and conference papers.

Entry criteria

A Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Architecture or Graduate Diploma in Designed Environments in Architecture from this university, or an approved alternative qualification.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): 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)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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