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Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Project Management

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 semester

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Auckland


Ideal for Bachelor of Architectural Studies graduates and established building industry professionals wishing to retrain or upskill. This programme will teach you specialist skills in the growing field of architectural project management.

Programme overview

This programme is for those with a background in architecture, design and construction wishing to upskill or specialise in the area of architectural project management and to gain an understanding of developments in current practice.

Studying a PGCertAPM will prepare you for professional roles in the management of architectural projects.

You will learn about national and international architectural project management practice, and its alignment with designing and building for a sustainable future.

Some electives will provide the opportunity to develop project management plans including aspects of cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork, while others broaden your degree by allowing you to pursue personal interests.

After completing the PGCertAPM, you will be a critically reflective practitioner with advanced knowledge and understanding in architectural project management. You will also be prepared for further postgraduate studies and able to apply your modern management, practical and technical skills to successfully deliver projects from inception to completion.

Programme structure

The PGCertAPM will take one semester to complete full-time, or two semesters to complete part-time.

You will need to complete the following:



Two courses selected from ARCHPRM 700-701, ARCHTECH 706, ARCHGEN 721–725, ARCHTECH 706, URBPLAN 721.

A student who has not completed ARCHPRM 304-305 or equivalent courses must complete ARCHPRM 700.

A student admitted to this programme must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity Course.

Assessment is based on 100% coursework consisting of individual and group assignments and presentations, with a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and self-directed study.

All courses in the PGCertAPM will apply a mix of formative and summative assessments including:

Verbal and written feedback from critique and presentations.

Graded assessment on written assignments.

Peer and self-assessments.

The PGCertAPM comprises a mix of teaching and delivery methods, including classroom-based lectures and peer presentations, experienced guest speakers from the architectural and building industry, office and site visits, group discussions and question and answer sessions.

This diverse mode of delivery will enable a broad combination of different learning approaches to meet individual students’ needs. Students will receive valuable exposure to relevant contemporary developments in thinking and practice, including first-hand experiences from industry projects and practice management professionals.

Entry criteria

An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (for example architecture, design, construction, and the built environment), at a recognised university (or similar institution) with the required academic level.

In exceptional circumstances, if you have an appropriate combination of practical, professional or scholarly experience which is deemed equivalent to the above standard, then you may be considered for admission.

Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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