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Master of Architecture (Professional) Unitec Institute of Technology

New Zealand



Course info


If you've already completed an undergraduate degree in architecture, this master's degree provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills to become a registered architect.

This programme is the final step in becoming a fully registered architect. In this programme you explore at a postgraduate level what it takes to create architectural works of merit and value, and learn to incorporate innovative design research into your architecture practice. Develop the ability to promote sustainable and ethical approaches, and collaborate effectively with different disciplines on architectural design projects. You'll also further your ability to critically reflect on your own work and that of others.

Get Industry Recognised

This programme is recognised by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board, New Zealand Institute of Architects, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Which means this leads to initial industry registration as an architect in New Zealand.


  • Leads to industry registration: together with the Bachelor of Architectural Studies, it forms a five-year package that prepares you to become a registered architect.
  • A lively, engaging and challenging architecture programme.
  • Focus on advanced knowledge of architectural and urban design issues in New Zealand.
  • Compulsory work experience of 480 hours over two years, giving you an essential insight into contemporary architectural practices.
  • Includes a major research project on an area of your interest.
  • Experienced lecturers, currently practicing part-time staff and visiting experts from New Zealand and overseas.
  • A wide range of elective courses that cover topics like architecture in the Pacific, urban housing design, climate-responsive architecture, high-performance cladding, digital fabrication and design economics.
  • Choose to take up the new elective course "Designing with Low Carbon Materials Elective (ARCH8624)". This course explores the environmental credentials, material properties and design implications of low carbon building materials.

Preparing for your application

Your GPA
Applicants must have a recognised undergraduate degree in the discipline of architecture with a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher for all level 7 courses.

Portfolio requirements
If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to present a portfolio of your design work. You should be ready to discuss your professional history, the ideas within your work, your interests and the area of research by design that you are considering.

You should have a significant portfolio of professional work that will enable you to reflect critically on your practice. See our portfolio guidelines to help you prepare.


  • Architect working in a range of settings

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Architecture (Professional).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$26,520.00 (14,13,993) per year




Unitec Institute of Technology

Mt Albert Campus,

139 Carrington Road,


Mt Albert,

1025, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree in the discipline of architecture, with a grade point average of 4.0 (B- grades) or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to the above.
  • Have a recognised postgraduate qualification in architecture

Portfolio: You should have a significant portfolio of professional work that will enable you to reflect critically on your practice.

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (no band <6.0) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at Unitec Institute of Technology.

NZ Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA) Excellence Scholarship

Value of scholarship

The maximum value of the Scholarship to each Recipient is NZ $5,000

Application details:

Please have the following information ready before you start the application as you cannot save and return to it:

Short Answers (approx 150 words) to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in your programme of study?  What motivates you to succeed in your studies?
  • What are your future career aspirations? How do you plan on becoming a leader within your industry?
  • Please list any extracurricular activities you're currently involved in or any other personal achievements you would like to highlight to the selection committee.
  • How will this Scholarship help support you in your studies?

A letter of recommendation from a Lecturer or tutor to support your scholarship application

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for the Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

Be currently enrolled fulltime (minimum of 60 credits) in their first or second year in one of the below programmes as a first year student:

  • Diploma in Applied Interior Design; or
  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil); or
  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical); or
  • New Zealand Diploma in Surveying; or
  • New Zealand Diploma in Architecture Technology; or
  • New Zealand Diploma in Construction; or
  • Master of Landscape Architecture; or
  • Master of Architecture (Professional)


Be currently enrolled fulltime (minimum of 60 credits) in your first or second year in:

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil); or
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical); or
  • Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management); or
  • Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics); or
  • Bachelor of Construction (Property Development); or
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology - Building; or
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology – Electrotechnology; or
  • Bachelor of Architecture Studies; or 
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture  

Completed at least one semester (60 credits) in one of the above programmes.

  • Achieved an average grade of B- or above for their previous semester’s study.
  • Be intending to pursue a career in the building industry, as demonstrated in the Scholarship Application.
  • As part of the scholarship application a letter of recommendation from a Lecturer or tutor is required.

Tenure: The duration of the scholarship is one year (two consecutive semesters). 

Who can apply:

All international

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