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Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Science

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


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.

Learn to question, test, and explain these elements and become confident in your understanding of architectural science. Consider architectural science in different cultural contexts, including the role of tikanga M?ori in the built environment.

A shorter 60-point Postgraduate Certificate or 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Science are also available as earlier exit points or for those already in industry who want to deepen their knowledge with part-time study.


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.

Full-time students can expect a workload of around 40 hours a week. Part-time students will need to do around 20 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you’ll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10 to 12 hours of work.

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 (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

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec.

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