Master of Architecture

Full Time

Master of Architecture

Unitec Institute of Technology
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  • 240
  • Campus
  • Masters
  • 1.5 years


The Master of Architecture is a qualification for people who have practised in one of these areas and want to advance their skills and explore their area of interest. In this master by project you’ll advance your knowledge of current design techniques, and learn to present your work effectively to interdisciplinary audiences. You will improve your understanding of how to look at architecture sites and briefs from different angles, and use techniques to construct interesting and unique responses.

The key outcome of this programme is a master level project that demonstrates your specialised skill and/or knowledge in your area of chosen expertise. This is not an accredited degree to become a registered architect – for this you’ll need to complete the Master of Architecture (Professional).

Admission Requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Completed one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in a discipline relevant to your proposed programme of study, with an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses
  • A postgraduate diploma in a discipline relevant to your proposed programme of study, with an average grade of B- or higher

2. A significant portfolio of professional work which enables us to critically reflect on your prior practice

3. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Courses Units

You need to complete 240 credit hours to successfully obtain this degree. Please check detail of study units at

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In Semester One you complete a seminar series that explores current design theory and practice, and helps you develop your research question and a draft research proposal. Then, present your draft project proposal at a workshop where you receive feedback from your colleagues, tutors and invited expert guests. If your proposal is confirmed, you embark on a series of workshops at which you present your work in progress for critique and evaluation by invited architects, landscape architects and designers. These regular workshops aim to stimulate you to move beyond current models, trends and preconceptions. There will also be sessions offered throughout the year to discuss your project.

Career Opportunities

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