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Master of Architecture - MArch

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Te Aro Campus


Delve deeper into the history and theory of architecture with the research and thesis-based Master of Architecture (MArch). This qualification will be of interest to you if you are already working in the profession and want to utilise research to deepen your understanding of a particular aspect of architecture. Or maybe you want to build on the knowledge gained at undergraduate level.

What you'll learn

You'll further develop your critical thinking and discussion skills with a detailed and significant piece of research. Increase your understanding of how architectural history and theory are applied to design, so you can express your own ideas and conclusions within a robust theoretical framework.

Duration and workload

The Master of Architecture can be completed within three trimesters or one calendar year of full-time study, or in a minimum of six trimesters if you're studying part-time. You have a maximum of three years from enrolment to complete and present your thesis.

If you are studying full-time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.


If you are already working in the profession, you'll add a new level of expertise to your practice.

The skills and knowledge you gain will open doors to a range of other jobs including architectural conservator, archivist or museum researcher. You might also find work as a critic or writer, curator, historian or librarian.

Entry criteria

A Bachelor of Architecture degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Designed Environments in Architecture from this university, or an equivalent qualification.

Proof of English proficiency

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

IELTS: 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)

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

Flexible: Apply now and start studying once your application is accepted. Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.

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