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Master of Architectural Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


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.

The programme allows students to study part-time while working or full-time through block teaching. Block teaching involves delivering courses in concentrated blocks of time, every four weeks for three days. This approach enables students to work while studying. In the final course, students will gain professional work experience in an area of architectural science.

Choose from a selection of qualifications to suit your career goals and availability.

The 180-point Master of Architectural Science (MArchSc) is a one-year professional programme that combines an architectural science research-methods course and an industry-related project or practicum for real-world experience in the field. It is professionally recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB).

The 120 point Master of Architectural Science (Research) (MArchSc(Res)) thesis programme focuses on self-directed research. You will need to complete the 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Science before enrolling into this one-year research thesis in your area of interest.

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.

Entry criteria

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

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