2 years (full-time) or 4 years (part-time)
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

Admission Requirements

Entry into the Master of Building Science (MBSc) normally requires one of the following:

  • a Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Building Science
  • a Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Building Science (Honours)
  • an equivalent qualification, at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning and Students) of the Faculty of Architecture and Design.
Career Opportunities

Many students who enrol in the Building Science programme will move into a career in mainstream architecture in private practice or as an employee in a firm or government organisation.

The skills and training you gain in this programme are broad in scope allowing you to find opportunities for careers various.

Some examples include:

  • construction project management
  • sustainable systems engineer
  • consultant advising  design teams on energy conservation
  • lighting adviser, designer or supplier
  • researching building materials’ performance within the private sector
  • building consent adviser
  • fire design and regulations analyst
  • acoustic engineer
  • quantity surveyor.

Entry Requirements

Programme Overview

Our Master of Building Science (MBSc) bridges the gap between architecture, engineering, testing and building research. As future building scientists you will explore, question, test and explain how building performance, construction, sustainability, environmental factors and materials function within the built environment.

Courses address the practical aspect of how buildings impact on the natural world, their design, construction, operation and maintenance.

In Part 1 - your first year, you will take courses exploring:

  • advanced construction theory, practice and technology integration
  • green building assessment systems
  • the interaction of energy with buildings, focusing on energy performance and management
  • the principles of project management
  • interactions between buildings and the environment at the urban scale
  • appropriate sustainable engineering systems to achieve sustainable urban development
  • advanced research techniques, including historical and theoretical approaches.

In Part 2 - your second year of study, you will complete a written thesis. In considering a thesis topic, you can choose to extend on your specialisation in Project Management or Sustainable Engineering Systems, or explore another area of interest with supervision from the academic staff in the School of Architecture.

Research topics and areas of interest within the School of Architecture include:

  • digital craft in architecture multimedia, the internet and the building production process
  • daylight, productivity and health
  • digital stimulation of building energy, thermal and lighting performance
  • monitoring energy use and personal satisfaction in work environments
  • sustainability of inner-city communities
  • seismic design of buildings
  • earthquake engineering in developing countries
  • fire engineering
  • integration of building structures with architecture
  • alternative, low cost building construction technologies.