Master of Architecture (Professional)

Already have a degree in architecture? Study the Master of Architecture (Professional) to prepare yourself for a career as a registered architect.

Architecture focuses on the relationship between people and their environments. Study architecture at AUT and gain an understanding of the critical, ethical, aesthetic, social cultural and technological components of architecture and the design of sustainable future environments.

The programme is professionally accredited by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board. You’ll develop a critical approach to architectural design, become familiar with architectural history and contemporary architecture practice, and learn to apply Te Aranga Māori design principles to your work.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed the Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in courses at level 7; or equivalent¹
  • May be required to submit a portfolio of work and/or attend a selection interview

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

1. Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Architectural Engineering graduates may progress into the Master of Architecture (Professional) subject to additional courses.

You’ll learn to integrate social and technical knowledge into core design processes, and design a range of buildings at different scales and levels of complexity. The programme is mainly studio-based.

At the heart of the programme is a design thesis, an opportunity to develop your research skills and research an area of your interest.

Complete 120 points from:

And complete 30 points from:

And complete a Design Thesis.

Enrolment in courses is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of courses.

More details about courses in this programme


The Master of Architecture (Professional) is professionally accredited by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board, and has been designed to meet the academic accreditation requirements for registration as an architect in New Zealand.

Subject to accreditation by the Australian and New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZ APAP) and an approved period of practical experience, graduates will be eligible to take the professional practice interview to become registered architects.

Todd Collis
Audry Yu
Holly Anaru
Matangireia Mita Ngarua Yates-Francis
Quick facts
Programme code:
2 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$42,674 (for 120 points)
($41,600 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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