18 months
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 37,124
NZD 55,625
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Architecture is a qualification for people who have practised or studied architecture and want to advance their skills and explore an area of their interest. Advance your knowledge of current design techniques, and learn to present your work effectively to interdisciplinary audiences and in a digital format. Improve your understanding of how to look at architecture sites and briefs from different angles, and use techniques to construct interesting and unique responses. Highlights include:

  • Specifically developed to enable practising architects to study part-time, learn new techniques, sharpen their design skills and keep abreast of current theory.
  • Focus on practical projects: the degree is "by project", which means that you undertake a project based on an aspect of your architecture practice to date.
  • No coursework.
  • Strong contemporary theoretical framework.
  • Collaborative approach: the Master of Architecture, together with the Master of Landscape Architecture, is part of a suite of design programmes at Unitec. Students in both programmes get together for theory seminars and workshops in order to foster collaboration, new ideas and new approaches to interdisciplinary practice.
  • International academics and practitioners contribute to the different stages of the programme.
  • Part-time study available.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
  • Applicants must have achieved one of the following:
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.