Postgraduate study

The Faculty of Architecture and Design offers a range of postgraduate programmes in topics encompassing design and the built environment.

From a Graduate Certificate to PhD level, our qualifications will enable you to develop critical views, make connections and gain practical experience within a multi-disciplinary environment.

For detailed information on any of these postgraduate study options, please contact us directly or visit the School of Architecture or School of Design websites.

Graduate Certificate in Designed Environments (GCertDE)

This certificate would suit practising professionals who want to further develop their skills within the built environment.

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Graduate Diploma in Designed Environments (GDipDE)

This diploma would suit graduates who want to transition from a specialisation in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) or Bachelor of Building Science (BBSc) in one specialisation, to another specialisation of the BAS or BBSc to pursue postgraduate study in this new area.

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Graduate Diploma in Design Innovation (GDipDI)

This diploma is offered in the Culture+Context Design, Media Design and Industrial Design programmes in the School of Design. This qualification acts as a transition into the Master of Design Innovation (MDI) for students who already have another qualification.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture History and Theory (PGDipAHT)

This one-year diploma is for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study in theoretical courses within the context of an architectural education.

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Master of Architecture (MArch)

The Master of Architecture is a theory-based qualification for those who have completed the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture History and Theory or for students who want to pursue further studies in architecture.

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Master of Architecture (Professional) (MArch[Prof])

This professional qualification is a combination of taught courses and an architecture research thesis. Graduates with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) in Architecture and a Master of Architecture (Professional) will have met the academic requirements for registration as a professional architect.

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Master of Interior Architecture (MIA)

Our Master’s degree in Interior Architecture is a professionally recognised degree, designed for students who wish to pursue a qualification at the highest level in this discipline.

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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Our Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture is distinctive in New Zealand for its cross-disciplinary nature. Graduates with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture will have met the academic requirements for professional registration in landscape architecture.

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Master of Building Science (MBSc)

Our Master of Building Science is a professionally recognised qualification unique to New Zealand. It is one of the leading postgraduate degrees in building science.

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Master of Design Innovation (MDI)

The Master of Design Innovation degree covers the three specialisations of Culture+Context Design, Industrial Design and Media Design.

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Master of Design Technology (MDT)

The Master of Design Technology (MDT) is a one-year, full-time professional master’s degree that will provide students with the professional skills needed to work effectively in highly technical design professions such as game design, Visual Effects (VFX), exhibition design and multimedia design.  The MDT is technology-centric and builds upon the skills acquired in an undergraduate degree focused on digital technology. The MDT will be ideal for students holding a bachelor’s degree in design who are looking to up-skill with advanced techniques and high-tech professional practice. A 60-point practicum concluding the degree will contribute a substantial project to the student’s design portfolio.

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Master of User Experience Design (MUXD)

The Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) is a one-year, full-time master’s degree, aimed particularly at industry professionals and/or recent graduates without an undergraduate qualification in media design, i.e. a conversion master’s degree.  The degree will build on the relevant skills these students have developed during their professional careers and/or undergraduate university study, such as problem solving, critical thinking and verbal and written communication.

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Master of Design (MDes)

The Master of Design degree is a research based degree focusing on structured independent investigations of topics specific to Industrial Design and Media Design.

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Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) (MFA(CP))

The Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) is an intensive practice-based programme that allows you to hone your design skills to prepare for a career in the creative industries.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is the highest degree offered by the Faculty of Architecture and Design. It is completed by thesis only and is restricted to areas where appropriate supervision is available.

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Master of Innovation and Commercialisation

The Master of Innovation and Commercialisation (MInnCom) is for students who want to work with innovative ideas and develop them into real-life products. Each student leads a project which fits with their specific interests. This project may be developed in partnership with commercial organisations, universities or elsewhere. Each student has access to a team of supervisors and will receive strong support from fellow members of your multidisciplinary team, as well as interaction with dedicated business mentors and networks both within and outside the University. You will gain a breadth of skills and industry contacts together with the type of practical experience that is sought by potential employers.

This practice-based pan-university programme is open to all suitably qualified applicants who have an undergraduate degree in almost any discipline, including business, design, engineering, law and science. Prior knowledge is not needed in any specific discipline.

This Master’s programme has active support from a wide range of industry, government and research organisations that are associated with innovation and commercialisation.

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