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Master of Architectural Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Te Aro Campus


Extend your expertise with the Master of Architectural Science, focusing on managing the development and ongoing performance of the built environment.

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.

Careers: 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.

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).

Subjects: There are two subjects in the Master of Architectural Science: Project Management or Sustainable Engineering Systems.

Choose Project Management and gain the skills required to manage a construction project, including contract management, design integration and performance monitoring. You’ll graduate up-to-date with the most advanced techniques and tools used to manage projects and built facilities. Specialise in Sustainable Engineering Systems and you’ll focus on developing energy and resource efficient systems for the built environment. Learn how to evaluate the sustainability of existing buildings and facilities, with assessment systems used in New Zealand and worldwide.

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

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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