Master of Architecture (MArch) - in Sustainable Design

Quick facts — MArch in Sustainable Design
Full-time 1 years
Part-time 2 years
Application closing date Late Semester: 21 November, S1: 8 December, S2: 4 July
Late applications may be accepted if places are available.
Programme starts Late Semester: 1 December 2016, S1: 6 March 2017, S2: 24 July 2017



New Zealand's environmental safeguards and renewable energy resources make it an ideal country in which to study the application of sustainable design principles to a western lifestyle.

The MArch in Sustainable Design is a specialisation within the Master of Architecture, offering advanced studies of sustainable design in architecture, urban design and building performance. In this programme you will have the opportunity to study alongside and be supervised by experts in the field of sustainable design who bring both practical and theoretical experience to research and teaching. You can choose a solely research-based programme, requiring the writing of a supervised thesis, or a combination of some formal taught courses together with group or individual research.

The usual pathway into this programme is via the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (3 years) followed by the Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture (1 year fulltime), or an equivalent qualification that is indicative of ability to undertake advanced study in architecture.

Important: This is not a professionally accredited degree and will not prepare you for professional registration.

For more detail, please see the University Calendar, held in the University Library or accessible online.

University Calendar


  • High quality, research-led teaching.
  • Theoretically driven and culturally orientated environment.
  • Diverse staff interests including sustainability, history/theory, design, digital media, equity and diversity, urban and regional policy and practice.

Applying for admission

How to apply
Scholarship opportunities

More information

Postgraduate Adviser
Paola Boarin

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds Street, Auckland

For general enquiries, please call:
The University of Auckland Student Information Centre
Phone: 0800 61 62 65