12 months
30243 USD/year
6849 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Delve deeper into the history and theory of architecture with the research and thesis-based Master of Architecture offered at the Victoria University of Wellington. Students wishing to study to become a professional architect should go to the Master of Architecture (Professional).


Key facts

This Architecture qualification offered at the Victoria University of Wellington will be of interest to you if you are already working in the profession and want to deepen your understanding of a particular aspect of architecture. Or you may have recently completed a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) or Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture History and Theory (PDGipAHT), and want to continue on to do research.

Expertise through research

Choose a thesis that reflects your current knowledge of the intellectual, technical, aesthetic and cultural conditions of architecture. Your research topic must have a basis in theory as well as method.

You'll get quality supervision and support from staff with international reputations for teaching, research and publishing.

You may be able to include media such as a drawing portfolio or video with your thesis submission. If you choose to use design as your primary research method in your thesis, it must be explained within a theoretical context.


If you are already working in the profession, you'll add a new level of expertise to your practice.

The skills and knowledge you gain will open doors to a range of other jobs including architectural conservator, archivist or museum researcher. You might also find work as a critic or writer, curator, historian or librarian.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

Apply now and start studying once your application is accepted.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies, Diploma in Architecture or an approved alternative, with a B average.
  • To be accepted by the head of school or the Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning and Students) as being capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30243 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30243 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6849 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6849 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • international NZ$42,271
  • domestic NZ$9,573

Living costs for Wellington

1000 - 2300 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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