Master of Architecture (MArch)

Programme overview

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is ideal for those who enjoy the historical and theoretical aspects of architecture. By selecting the MArch you will continue to developing critical and objective thinking and discussion skills, which will contribute your written thesis.

The MArch develops the application and connections of architectural history and design within a theoretical framework as the means of expressing your understandings and beliefs.

When selecting a thesis or subject you will need to consider aspects of the intellectual, technical, aesthetic and cultural conditions of architecture in which you have adequate training and ability. It must have a theoretical as well as methodical foundation. Permission may be given for work in other media (e.g. a drawing portfolio, video) to be submitted with your thesis where appropriate.

Though design may be a primary research method in a MArch thesis, it must be placed within an explicitly stated theoretical framework.

The Master of Architecture (MArch) follows the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture History and Theory qualification.

We encourage you to make enquiries into postgraduate study as soon as possible in order to maximise your experience with us.

To date research has focussed on:

  • architectural and urban design processes
  • sustainability in architecture
  • architectural history, theory and criticism
  • energy and environmental design of buildings, including sustainable design.

For a compiled summary of research work from 2012 Master's students, take a look at Design Research @ VUW .


A minimum of 12 months full-time, or 18 months part-time. The thesis must be presented within three-years of first enrolment.

Admission requirements

Entry into the Master of Architecture (MArch) normally requires one of the following:

  • a Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree
  • a Victoria  University of Wellington Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture History and Theory (PDGipAHT)
  • an equivalent qualification, at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning and Students) of the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

Degree requirements

You are required to enrol in the following course of study for this degree:

ARCH 591 Thesis 120 pts

Research requirements

All postgraduate students are expected to conduct their research with a high level of competency in the English language.

Victoria University offer a range of University Preparation courses to assist students in English as a Second Language (ESOL) or the English Proficiency Programme.

To make an inquiry contact the Faculty of Architecture and Design Student Administration Office. Include a comprehensive description of your qualifications and your initial research interests.

The MArch is not accepted as a professional qualification for the purposes of registering as an architect.

For students wishing to become professional practicing architects, see our Master of Architecture (Professional) for further information.

How to find out more

The Faculty of Architecture and Design Student Administration Office offer additional information on:

  • admission
  • qualifications and courses
  • course advice and selection criteria
  • exemptions and prerequisites
  • your Application to study.

Architecture courses are taught at the School of Architecture, Te Aro Campus, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington.

For further assistance, please contact us:

Phone: 04 463 6200
Email: address

For information on what is available to you as a Master’s student see PostgradLife.