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.

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.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed the Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in papers 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 papers.

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:

  • Wānanga Design Studio: Strategy
  • Wānanga Design Studio: Resolution
  • Architectural Practice I: Histories and Theories of Practice
  • Architectural Practice II: Research Methods in Architecture
  • Architectural Practice III: Project Delivery
  • Architectural Practice IV: Business and Entrepreneurship

And complete 30 points from:

  • Advanced Topics in Architecture AND
  • Any other postgraduate paper as approved by the programme leader

And complete a Design Thesis.

More details about papers in this programme


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

Students who complete the Master of Architecture (Professional) as well as an approved period of practical experience will be eligible to take the professional practice interview to become registered architects.

Quick facts
Programme code:
2 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus

24 Feb 2020

13 Jul 2020

  • This programme will be offered for the first time in 2020. Fees are not yet available.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • 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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